Yesterday, TIME named Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs as one of the 20 most influential people in American history. 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 $100 million by the time he was 25.
Jobs should be looked to as an inspiration, he built one of the most successful – and now the most valuable - companies in history, all born out of an idea formed in a garage. It wasn't easy and Jobs was faced with adversity, removed from his own company, but eventually came back to make Apple more successful than it had ever been, leaving behind him, when he died from cancer, the foundations for an even better brand.
The iPhone business alone, which Jobs launched five years ago is thought to be helping Apple generate around $40-$50 billion in profit.
Shortly after his death last year, TIME published an article on how Jobs became an American Icon.