Feeds

Gates matters more than Jobs, says Forbes

Larry Ellison? He doesn't matter at all

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.