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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a 25-year-old trade body that certifies IT professionals and is funded by major vendors, including Microsoft, has released a poll that claims that Bill Gates is most influential person in tech.
The survey asked IT industry professionals to vote on the most influential personalities in the IT industry during the past 25 years. According to the web-based poll, released late last week, Gates was named by 84 percent of the 473 professionals who participated.
However, CompTIA made no reference to whether Gates's influence had been positive or negative in the main.
Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, was selected by 73 percent of voters, according to CompTIA.
Jobs and Apple are enjoying a fantastic run of form at the moment, driven primarily by the success of the iPod. But things haven't always gone his way. After losing a power struggle with the board of directors, he resigned from Apple in 1985. He eventually returned in 1997 following the acquisition by Apple of Next, another company Jobs had founded.
Jobs's powers of persuasion are sometimes referred to as his "reality distortion field".