Feeds

Gates matters more than Jobs, says Forbes

Larry Ellison? He doesn't matter at all

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Bill Gates is more powerful than Steve Jobs. Osama bin Laden still has a bit more clout than Julian Assange. And Larry Ellison doesn't matter at all.

"There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. Here are the 68 who matter," is how Forbes introduces its latest exercise in list-making fun and games: "The World's Most Powerful People".

Topping the list is China's president, Hu Jintao, whose "near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people" edges him ahead of last year's el numero uno, Barack Obama, who "suffered a mighty blow in U.S. midterm elections."

David Cameron, by the way, comes in at number seven, trailing — in ascending order — Merkel, the pope, Putin, and you'd never guess: Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

But The Reg is a tech organ, so where are the techie types ranked?

Bill Gates, number two, is honored not for anything he accomplished when in his old stomping grounds at Microsoft, but for being co-chair of the "world's most influential charity." For current tech accomplishments, you have to wait until slot 17, where appears the "insanely creative Apple cofounder" Steve Jobs.

Moving a bit further down the list, the joined-at-the-hip "brainy duo" of Larry Page and Sergey Brin share number 22 for "trying to put all the world's information at your fingertips," but chided "in some quarters for decimating traditional publishing [and] journalism."

At least Larry and Sergey were a wee bit more respected by Forbes than Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, who ranked 26 and 31, respectively.

Another supreme leader with questionable social skills, Mark Zuckerberg, is the fortieth most powerful person in the world, in Forbes' estimation.

Hanging onto the bottom rung of the list is the "genius provocateur" Julian Assange, of whom Forbes says, "Governments and corporations with dirty laundry should be afraid, very afraid."

And speaking of afraid, the Oracle minion responsible for burnishing Larry Ellison's image might be quaking in his or her boots at this very moment: the crotchety yachtsman and part-time fighter pilot didn't make it onto Forbes' list at all. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.