Revealed: Tech titans of the past 25 years

Revealed: Tech titans of the past 25 years

Summary: A survey organised by industry body CompTIA, which receives financial support from Microsoft, has voted Bill Gates as the most influential person in technology

TOPICS: IT Employment

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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".

Topic: IT Employment

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  • Tech titans of the past 25 years

    What about Jack Tramiel, the man who put the Commodore 64, in the hands of so many? Bill Gates will be remembered for making billions by selling a flawed product, Steve Jobs as being the R&D division of Microsoft, in the early years. Is there a list of all 25?