These days it seems no business leader list is complete without Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and this year's CRN top leader list is no exception.

Jobs sits in tenth place in the list, on which he shares space with the likes of Symantec CEO John Thompson, Google leader Eric Schmidt, and Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer.

It's a tech industry who's-who: Intel, IBM, Cisco, HP, Oracle, Dell, AMD, Lenovo and Adobe all feature in the 25-strong roll call.

Steve Jobs and the Apple 'A-team'

Looking at Jobs, CRN reports: "By moving the Mac to Intel chips, Jobs will sweeten Apple's appeal to businesses and position the company to break out of its consumer PC niche."

The report even has a statement from analyst Rob Enderle, who says that the move to enhance Apple's business appeal was planned from the start by Apple's fiery leader.

"One reason he remains a force in the industry is because he continues to try to innovate with the customer in mind," Ed Crelin, president and CEO of consulting firm MacInsight, told CRN.

Jobs - your name's on the list

Jobs has made multiple lists this year, including US News' "America's Best Leaders",'s "Agenda Setters 2005", Forbes' regular business leaders list, and CNN's "Top 25 Fascinating People".

Despite his evident celebrity, little is known of the man. Notoriously shy of giving personal interviews, most public knowledge of him comes from his presentations at Mac events worldwide. Perhaps the deepest insight into the inner workings of the tech industry revolutionary comes in the form of Jobs' Commencement Speech to Stanford University students earlier this year.

'Stay hungry, stay foolish'

Advising students to "stay hungry, stay foolish", he also said: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."