Fortune CEO of the Decade: Steve Jobs

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There's no doubt that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been instrumental in the success of the company known for the iMac and iPhone, and according to Fortune, he's the CEO of the decade, too.

"The past decade in business belongs to Jobs," Forutne's Adam Lashinsky said. "What makes that simple statement even more remarkable is that barely a year ago it seemed likely that any review of his accomplishments would be valedictory. But by deeds and accounts, Jobs is back."

Mr. Jobs has been at the core of major changes in three markets over the past few years: music, movies and mobile phones. The iPod holds the loin's share of the portable MP3 player market, the iTunes Store changed how many consumers buy music, Pixar created a new take on movies, and the iPhone strong-armed its way into the smartphone market in just two years.

Cool products alone didn't earn Mr. Jobs Fortune's CEO of the Decade title. His business prowess played a major role, too.

Mr. Jobs took Apple from a US$5 billion company in 2000 to at $170 billion today. A few years ago, the Apple's goal was to make $10 billion in a year. Now the company makes more than that in a quarter.

"After creating more than $150 billion in shareholder wealth, transforming movies, telecom, music, and computing (and profoundly influencing the worlds of retail and design), what should Steve Jobs do next?" Fortune asks. "Given his penchant for secrecy and surprise and his proven brilliance, it's a fair bet that he'll let us know when he's good and ready."

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13 Comments Leave Your Own

Jeff Gamet

During the period where Steve Jobs wasn’t at Apple he made NeXT, and bought Pixar. I wonder what Apple and the movie industry would be like today if he hadn’t been run out of the company.

NeXTLoop

The iPod holds the loin’s share…

What exactly is the “loin’s share”?

Tim

“the loin’s share of the portable MP3 player market”, that’s a bit disturbing.

Markg

Maybe he meant the ‘sirloins’ share.
And he was rapping ‘loins’

I dunno…. it’s just a bunch of 0’s and 1’s when you break it down :^)

Ted Landau

Technically, when you have the “loin’s share,” it means you have the competition by “the balls.”

Lee Dronick

Technically, when you have the ?loin?s share,? it means you have the competition by ?the balls.?

Or you have them by the droids.

geoduck

This is the kind of thing I just love to point out to people who are so proud of their MBA.

But then I’m evil like that.

Richard

I think Jeff Gamut, the writer of the article, better get a good proof reader.  He misspelled Fortune’s (Forutne’s) and then followed it up by misspelling lion’s (loin’s).  I agree with Fortune, Job’s is certainly the CEO of the decade.

Carlos Cardona

These comments should please Jeff, as he runs the gamut from bad spelling to sarcastic target. Couldn’t help it! You go Steve!

AED Pads

According to me he deserved this. He started his career as a salesman and today we can see where he is, it is all due to his efforts. I want to use this platform to congratulate Steve.
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Erik

Steve really worked hard. He started from scratch as a salesman and reached to the top. I will congratulate him.

Tanning Tips

Congratulation Steve. You really work hard and achieved a great sucess.
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CityGuide

Advice often given to those readying for battle is “Gird your loins!” Obviously Mr Gamet meant the iPod is well-prepared to take on its challengers.

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