Bill Gates named most powerful man in technology
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the 10th most powerful man in the world, according to the latest list from Forbes
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has been named the 10th most powerful man in the world, ahead of the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs.
Gates, who stepped down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to concentrate on the philanthropic exploits of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is praised by Forbes for his work in coaxing 40 of the world’s richest people to pledge the majority of their wealth to charities and good causes.
Gates is ranked seven places higher than Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, who is recognised by Forbes for his “insane” creativity and ability to “transform multi-billion dollar industry every few years” with his latest must-have devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, appear jointly at number 22 in the list, while, despite the burgeoning popularity of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the social network’s founder, is ranked 18 places lower, at 40 on the Forbes Powerful People List for 2010.
Robin Li, the chief executive of Chinese search engine Baidu, is a notable entry at number 46, while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos appears at number 66.
And the growing influence of news site WikiLeaks is marked by the inclusion of Julian Assange, the site’s controversial editor-in-chief and “genius provocateur”, at number 68 on the list.
“Governments and corporations with dirty laundry should be afraid, very afraid,” notes Forbes.