I was fascinated this week but the outpouring af emotion over the death of Steve Jobs. I had always considered him marketer, an organizer and not really a person of great substance. On his death though, I found the sheer volume of his quotes from speeches and essays to be astounding. My brother noted, "You have to wonder how he had the time."
Obviously, in retrospect, I was wrong on Jobs. He was one of the most influential people of the last 50 years. He made tech cool, revolutionized industrial design, was a game-change for the music industry and so much more. The world will be a much duller, less beautiful, less classy place without him.
So, here's a Fantastic Four suggested by a loyal reader:
What Four People Accomplished More In The Last 50 years Than Steve Jobs?
- Nelson Mandela - crushed apartheid, founded a new nation, changed the world. A mega inspiration for Africa and the world.
- Bill Gates - the anti-Jobs, created the operating system most of the world uses, uber geek now doing amazing work though his foundation.
- Oprah - created a media empire, brought books to the masses, world is waiting for her next move
- Mikhail Gorbachev - perestroika, glasnost, what more can you say? Had the courage to realize that the communist experiment was doomed and moved to free millions.
Jobs did a lot, but these folks did more. Who are your four?