The Most Influential People in Technology
Who are biggest movers and shakers in the current technology scene? Here are a few names to chew over before you make your vote for the most important one below.
The Apple boss has gained a lot of his reputation on his unerring ability to combine style and substance, and the overwhelming popularity of the likes of iPhone and iPad shows that his ideas and designs nearly always strike a chord with the public. Health problems have seen him take time off recently but there is no doubt that for most people he is the face of Apple.
Facebook founder, CEO and President. Owner of a $13 billion fortune and Time’s 2010 person of the year. It’s probably largely his fault that you spend inordinate amounts of time on the internet.
If you have ever played a Nintendo game then you have most likely come across some of the work of the Japanese games genius. Donkey Kong, Mario and the The Legend of Zelda are just some of his classics. He is now the head of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development and was heavily involved in the production of Wii.
Since taking over Bill Gates as Microsoft CEO things have been very up and down for Ballmer. Lawsuits, hilarious internet videos and an over the top personality are all part of the package with the man who keeps Microsoft ticking over.
Yang was born in Taiwan and claimed that upon arriving in the USA the only word of English he knew was shoe. Did the co founder of Yahoo make a mistake in not selling the company when he had the chance in 2008? Whichever way you look at it he has made an incredible success of Yahoo and is still heavily involved in it.
Sir Howard Stringer
The only Welshman in the list is CEO of Sony and has done a sterling job in steadying the ship and bringing in the Blu-ray format.
Chen is another Taiwanese American, although whether he was bilingual in footwear as a child is unknown. What we do know is that he went on to co-found YouTube and change the way the world watches videos before selling the business onto Google for a small fortune.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Co founders of Google and owner of a fortune of close to $20 billion, Page is the Chief Executive Officer of the search engine giant. Sergey Brin lists himself as co-founder of the search giant but takes an in-depth roll in the goings on at Google.
If you had asked a few years back which UK celebrity would reach 2 million followers on Twitter few people would have ventured Fry’s name. As it is, he holds a big influence over public opinion and has caused some sites to crash by directing legions of his fans to it.
He has been an influential figure in the launching of Blogger and Twitter, among other sites. Not bad for a Nebraska farm boy.
Before becoming Executive Chairman of Google he was on the board of directors at Apple. He is also well known as an art collector.