It has been 25 years since CNBC first launched. To celebrate, the financial channel has released a list of the 25 most influential people in the past quarter century. Not surprisingly, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs tops the list.
Saying that Jobs “seized his chance to change the world,” CNBC announced its list, which includes business leaders and cultural icons, on Tuesday morning. A one-hour special, “CNBC 25,” will air tonight at 7 p.m. EDT.
In a video vignette about the late Apple CEO, CNBC says:
Pioneer. Innovator. Tastemaker. Genius. Steve Jobs transformed the way we think about technology — and the apple. Growing up in Silicon Valley, Jobs became the oddest fusion of California’s engineering and hippie cultures.
Other leaders at the top of CNBC’s list includes Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan, Google’s Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Bogle, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison.
Steve Jobs died in October 2011.