Technology executives seem to be firmly established as celebrities these days. Last week, Time magazine namedFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as its ‘Person of the Year’. Now that great British business organ, The Financial Times, has given that same honour to Steve Jobs.
The main reason you might have guessed, why Jobs was chosen as FT’s ‘Person of the Year’ was because of the immaculate success of the revolutionary tablet iPad, which was announced back in January this year.
A rebuttal of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s much-quoted aphorism that there are no second acts in American life does not come more
decisively than this. When Steven Paul Jobs first hit the headlines, he was younger even than Mark Zuckerberg is now. Long before it was cool to be a nerd, his formative role in popularising the personal computer, and Apple’s initial public offering on Wall Street – which came when Mr Jobs was still only 25 – made him the tech industry’s first rock star.
Now, three decades on, he has secured his place in the foremost ranks of the West Coast tech titans who have done so much to shape the world around the turn of the millennium. Long-time nemesis Bill Gates may be richer and, at his peak, arguably exerted greater sway, thanks to his monopoly over the world’s PC software. But the Microsoft co-founder has left the stage to devote his life and fortune to good works. It is Mr Jobs who now holds the spotlight.
Steve Jobs has previously had many other awards too, this isn't the first one. And it seems all these awards are proven in betterment for his company.