Fortune Magazine has published a list of the twelve greatest entrepreneurs in modern history that, unsurprisingly, is topped by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. After returning to Apple in 1997, Jobs almost singlehandedly turned a company headed towards bankruptcy into the world’s most valuable corporation. After the untimely passing of Jobs last October, there was an outpouring of grief worldwide for the loss of such an influential person…
Though he could be abusive and mean-spirited to people who threw themselves into their work on his behalf, Steve Jobs has been our generation’s quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial.
The list of entrepreneurs that Jobs topped includes longtime business rival Bill Gates, FedEx brainpower Fred Smith, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Sam Walton of Wal-Mart retail fame.
One of the contributing factors to the success of Steve Jobs was his decision to avoid market research and focus groups. When asked if there was a market for the Mac computer following its launch in 1984, Jobs responded swiftly with, “did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” That same philosophy was seemingly applied to the iPhone, iPad, and several other Apple products.