Apple Computer's Steve Jobs has been named one of the biggest newsmakers of 1999. He is credited with turning around Apple's fortunes over the last two years, and flagged as noteworthy by Peter Svensson, news writer for Associated Press.

He writes: "Apple Computer has held on to the momentum of the turnaround Jobs started when he returned to the company more than two years ago, with the new iMac and laptop models in 1999."

The statement lends further respectability to Apple, reflecting the positive attitude among businessmen and investors towards the company.

The report says: "High-tech dominated the news in 1999. And, many of the year's big newsmakers came from the ranks of software and computer makers, as well as the dot com companies that fascinated Wall Street and the average American."