Steve Jobs Declared The Greatest Entrepreneur Of Our Time



For years businesses across the world have attempted to dissect Steve Jobs’ career to figure out what made him so incredibly brilliant and successful. Not only did he change the way we use technology, but he changed movies, music, retail shopping and more. His entrepreneur skills were some of the best the world has seen, which is why Fortune magazine declared Steve Jobs “The Greatest Entrepreneur of Our Time” in their ranking of the top 12 entrepreneurs of recent memory.

“Jobs’ own intuition, his radar-like feel for emerging technologies and how they could be brought together to create, in his words, “insanely great” products, ultimately made the difference. For Jobs, who died last year at 56, intuition was no mere gut call. It was, as he put it in his often-quoted commencement speech at Stanford, about “connecting the dots,” glimpsing the relationships among wildly disparate life experiences and changes in technology.

Though he could be abusive and mean-spirited to people who threw themselves into their work on his behalf, Steve Jobs has been our generation’s quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial.”

Fortune goes on to make particular note of Jobs’ disdain for market research and study groups. On multiple occasions Jobs was asked by reporters as to what type of research they do at Apple to divine crucial details of new products. Jobs replied, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want. It’s hard for [consumers] to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.”

The Top 12 list was based largely on social and economic impact, world-changing vision, inspiration, record of innovation, and the performance of the founder’s companies over time. Steve Jobs’ not only co-founded Apple computers, but also founded NeXT and Pixar.

Rounding out the top 10 included:

2. Bill Gates – Microsoft
3. Fred Smith – FedEx
4. Jeff Bezos – Amazon
5. Larry Page & Sergey Brin – Google
6. Howard Schultz – Starbucks
7. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
8. John Mackey – Whole Foods
9. Herb Kelleher – Southwest Airlines
10. Narayana Murthy – Infosys


What do you think of Fortune’s list? Did they forget someone you think should be included? Let us know in the comments.

[via Fortune]

  • TheNickF

    At least, so far.

  • recyclops117

    To bad he hated that term:/

  • m0rgan23

    No Richard Branson? List is worthless.

  • Sagar Shah

    thts right..!

  • techgeek01

    You sometimes have to wonder who they decide to put on these lists.  Sometimes some people are spot on, others are completely missing or in some cases there are people that should not be on that list. 

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  • siromega

    Also Larry Ellison isn’t on that list.

  • Sharada Prasad Mohanty

    Yes so far he is the greatest entrepreneur  of our time..

  • Buster

    I’m a fan of Bronson…and Elon Musk. Too bad they weren’t included

  • Andy Murdock

    Tony Stark?

  • SimeonD

    This list has it’s tongue firmly planted in it’s cheek? Yes? What’s that no. No one in the history of the world before 1980 is on the list. How bizarre and flawed the article is.
    If your 92, Henry ford would have been number 1, that’s in their time. So the headline is misleading.

  • Zachary Ball

    Doesn’t the headline speak for itself? It’s people who’ve made a huge difference in the last 30 years. I’m confident others have their own place in their own time so I feel the only thing flawed is your post.

  • Craig Stewart


    Greatest entrepreneur OF OUR TIME.  :)

  • Derek Martin

    Can’t believe Elon Musk isn’t on that list. He founded or co-founded PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. All are or have been major drivers of change.

  • Fooj888

    Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard — basically started Silicon Valley, and built a company that was once extraordinary . . .

  • Ravi Paturi

    You forgot the best of all – Ambani

  • Scott Duval

    what do we do with the steve jobs vacuum. its almost like waiting for him to become a saint or something… 

  • Jacob Robb

    Steve Jobs did not found Pixar.

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