Sir Jonathan Ive has been named the most powerful figure in British technology by Wired magazine.
The Telegraph reports that Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, who was Knighted at Buckingham Palace last week, is top of the annual Wired 100, a list that names the key figures in the UK’s technology industry.
Ive moved up from seventh place in last year’s list, while last year’s winner, Facebook’s European executive Joanna Shields, moved down to fourth place.
Also in the top ten of Wired’s list are Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, Dan Cobley, Google UK’s managing director, and Autonomy’s Mike Lynch, who positioned second. Other figures making an appearance in the Wired 100 include Adele, due to her social media success, as well as J.K.Rowling, following the launch of her official Harry Potter website, Pottermore.
Ive, who was born in the UK and is the leading designer behind a raft of Apple products including the iMac, MacBook, iPhone and iPad, was also crowned British Visionary Innovator in April.
In an interview with the BBC last week, Ive revealed that Apple’s goal isn’t to “make money” but to “design the very best products we can”. He also told the Telegraph that Apple is currently working on its “most important and best work” so far.
The offical Wired 100 will be published in the July issue of the magazine.