TIME named Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs as one of the 20 most influential people in American history on Wednesday. Summed up as 20 “trailblazers, visionaries and cultural ambassadors who defined a nation” and placed in chronological order, the late Apple co-founder completes a list which includes Einstein, Edison and Martin Luther King Jr.
Described as “the high priest of the computer age” TIME goes on to give a brief summary of the legend’s life and demonstrate his ability and influence. Outlining that “he drove his Apple team to create a giant stride forward in digital design”. The clear justification for Jobs receiving a place on this list is the impact his bold, forward thinking has had, and showing he has been a success story from the start: Jobs’s net worth was Us$100 million by the time he was 25.
According to TIME Jobs should be looked to as an inspiration, building one of the most successful – and now the most valuable – companies in history, all born out of an idea formed in a garage.
“Jobs was a visionary whose great genius was for design: he pushed and pushed to make the interface between computers and people elegant, simple and delightful. He always claimed his goal was to create products that were ‘insanely great.’ Mission accomplished,” TIME said.
The iPhone business alone, which Jobs launched five years ago is thought to be helping Apple generate around US$40-US$50 billion in profit.
Shortly after his death last year, TIME published an article on how Jobs became an American Icon.