Apple CEO Steve Jobs is one of the top business leaders of the last quarter-century, according to PBS' Nightly Business Report and the University of Pennsylvania.

The single most influential business leader will be announced on the US TV show on Thursday.

Jobs is joined by 24 other business leaders who have been selected because: "Through their ideas and their work, these business leaders transformed not only technology and business practices, but even social norms," according to Mukul Pandya of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Other business leaders include: Jeff Bezos of Amazon; Richard Branson of Virgin; Michael Dell of Dell Computers; Bill Gates of Microsoft; Louis Gerstner of IBM; and TV talk show host Opera Winfrey.