Financial Times names Steve Jobs Person of the Year

By on December 24, 2010, 12:53 PM
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named Person of the Year by The Financial Times. Love him or hate him, it's pretty much widely accepted that Jobs has managed to make Apple very successful in the last few years.

"When Steven Paul Jobs first hit the headlines, he was younger even than Mark Zuckerberg is now," according to The Financial Times. "Long before it was cool to be a nerd, his formative role in popularising the personal computer, and Apple's initial public offering on Wall Street which came when Mr Jobs was still only 25 made him the tech industry's first rock star. Now, three decades on, he has secured his place in the foremost ranks of the West Coast tech titans who have done so much to shape the world around the turn of the millennium. Long-time nemesis Bill Gates may be richer and, at his peak, arguably exerted greater sway, thanks to his monopoly over the world's PC software. But the Microsoft co-founder has left the stage to devote his life and fortune to good works. It is Mr Jobs who now holds the spotlight."

Last week, Time Magazine named Mark Zuckerberg Person of the Year. Which publication do you agree with, if either?





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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'd definitely pick Jobs (jerk that he is) over Zuckerberg. At least Jobs is innovative and aggressive in his pursuits.

Zuckerberg got lucky with a half-baked social app.

princeton princeton said:

Assange. Nuff said. Neither Jobs nor Fuckerberg have had the impact that Julian Assange has. These publications just don't want to get into trouble with the government.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Financial Times names Steve Jobs Person of the Year

I would like to offer the suggestion that we have now seen it all.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

princeton said:

Assange. Nuff said. Neither Jobs nor Fuckerberg have had the impact that Julian Assange has. These publications just don't want to get into trouble with the government.

+1

I have to admit, it really is interesting to see what Assange uncovered.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Assange. Nuff said. Neither Jobs nor ****erberg have had the impact that Julian Assange has. These publications just don't want to get into trouble with the government.
Exactly what relevance does Julian Assange have to the financial world? He's basically some glorified crap a** gossip columnist, with a penchant for cyber crime.. The only publication that should name that clown "man of the year", is "The National Enquirer".

READ the title, "Financial Times names Steve Jobs man of the year".

Jobs operates a a higher profit margin than M$, Apple stock is worth more than that of M$, and he has legions of ****** poised to buy whatever new piece of gqrbage he tells them to. That makes him worthy of the title, "man of the year". He's just not going to sell his s*** to me.

Now, exactly what responsibility does, "Financial Times", have to further the adventures of Assand, whether they'd get in trouble for it or not. It's all about the bottom line, not hearsay and gossip. So, in the business community, Assand is irrelevant.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'll concede that title to Jobs as soon as he retires the black turtleneck and blue jeans.... Nah, I don't even think that would convince me that he's worthy.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'll concede that title to Jobs as soon as he retires the black turtleneck and blue jeans.... Nah, I don't even think that would convince me that he's worthy.
At the end of the day, Steve Jobs could walk out in his jock strap and still buy and sell you. And by any definition of standard, that makes him worthy of consideration, for this award, in that particular publication.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At the end of the day, Steve Jobs could walk out in his jock strap and still buy and sell you.

But where would he keep his wallet?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

But where would he keep his wallet?

He has people for that...! In fact, it probably takes 2 or 3 of them just to pick it up. Then there's the guy who pulls his finger, and uses the result as a press release.

Guest said:

That picture. Steve Jobs was really Count Dooku?

matrix86 matrix86 said:

captaincranky said:

Exactly what relevance does Julian Assange have to the financial world? He's basically some glorified crap a** gossip columnist, with a penchant for cyber crime.. The only publication that should name that clown "man of the year", is "The National Enquirer".

READ the title, "Financial Times names Steve Jobs man of the year".

Thank you for actually using your brain, cap! People are too hooked on Assange and are too quick to just jump on Jobs. I don't like the guy either, but him being Financial Times man of the year makes sense. Assange probably doesn't even made a fraction of what Jobs does.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

He has people for that...! In fact, it probably takes 2 or 3 of them just to pick it up. Then there's the guy who pulls his finger, and uses the result as a press release.

Oh I'm rollin' over here! LMAO!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky said:

He has people for that...! In fact, it probably takes 2 or 3 of them just to pick it up. Then there's the guy who pulls his finger, and uses the result as a press release.

Lol. Genius.

Prosercunus said:

The only positive thing about Assange is that now maybe the "intelligence" community in the United States will wise up and not let lowly privates in the military get a hold of classified information, so that asshats like Assange (nothing more than a simple eurotrash gloryhound) will not be able to leak classified diplomatic cables.

The "freedom of speech/press" hounds think, "see the government is doing stuff behind our back!", and "well we need the government to be open"

A. The government of the United States is doing nothing new or different than the average country that conduct intelligence briefs have done, nothing in the cables are illegal or even contain anything someone who reads the news could of guessed or theorized themselves.

B. Anyone who thinks the United States can operate as a sovereign country by exposing every piece of information they receive on the military level is absolutely delusional.

On Topic: I really don't care for Apple products, however I gotta hand it to Steve Jobs from a financial standpoint. Anyone who can market technology that isn't even new as "revolutionary" and manages to get the average naive consumer to buy the products in mass gets my thumbs up.

princeton princeton said:

captaincranky said:

Assange. Nuff said. Neither Jobs nor ****erberg have had the impact that Julian Assange has. These publications just don't want to get into trouble with the government.
Exactly what relevance does Julian Assange have to the financial world? He's basically some glorified crap a** gossip columnist, with a penchant for cyber crime.. The only publication that should name that clown "man of the year", is "The National Enquirer".

READ the title, "Financial Times names Steve Jobs man of the year".

Jobs operates a a higher profit margin than M$, Apple stock is worth more than that of M$, and he has legions of ****** poised to buy whatever new piece of gqrbage he tells them to. That makes him worthy of the title, "man of the year". He's just not going to sell his s*** to me.

Now, exactly what responsibility does, "Financial Times", have to further the adventures of Assand, whether they'd get in trouble for it or not. It's all about the bottom line, not hearsay and gossip. So, in the business community, Assand is irrelevant.

I'd take your opinion seriously. But you don't seem to even know Julians last name.

P.S. The article referenced TIME magazine and asked if we agreed with the choices the publications made. Therefore my comment was relevant. I was stating my opinion on the TIME magazine choice.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'd take your opinion seriously. But you don't seem to even know Julians last name.
So I take it that you and, "Julian" are on a first name basis. I think your delusions are deepening

P.S. The article referenced TIME magazine and asked if we agreed with the choices the publications made. Therefore my comment was relevant. I was stating my opinion on the TIME magazine choice.
OK, what's his name is just as irrelevant in the "TIME" magazine circle of influence as he is in the "Financial Times.

Wow, his last big leak obviated the fact that diplomats talked about each other behind their backs. Now there's a f***ing big surprise! I would have never thought that was true. Just because people I know talk behind my back, and people you know talk behind your back, in the same way we both talk behind their backs. And everybody everywhere talk behind each others back, who would ever have come up with the idea that diplomats talk behind each others backs.

If this is a big revelation to you, then you have some serious developmental issues.

Which in fairness, are just an undesirable side effect of living in a society capable of making a woman as stupid, ugly, fat, and bossy as "Snookie, a "reality star".

Run along now, I don't want you to waste another valuble moment on this discussion, when you could be watching either "TMZ" or "Access Hollywood", to keep in touch with what's "really important".

Don't mind me, I'm just pissed because Kim Kardashian wasn't named Time Magazine's", "Woman of the Year". I don't know if they were afraid of angering the US Government, or couldn't justify the cost of the 3 page foldout cover they'd need to get her a** on it.

Oh, and when you see "Julian", tell him I said he's an a**hole, let's see if he leaks that.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I wonder who would have had this year's Man Of The Year, if Bill Gate was still the head of Microsoft.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I wonder who would have had this year's Man Of The Year, if Bill Gate was still the head of Microsoft.
It's unlikely that it would have been Bill Gates. This because he, his wife Melinda, and Bono were Time's, "Man of the Year" in 2005.

Oddly, (or perhaps not), George W. Bush was their man of the year in both 2000 and 2004. Time is a notoriously right wing leaning publication, and that might explain some of it.

You don't always have to be popular, or even have what people consider a positive influence to claim the title either. You can even be reviled in most parts of the Western World and still get the nod. Witness Time's choice of 1979, The Ayatollah Khomeini. Actually, this choice makes a great deal of sense, given Time's Republican affiliation, and the fact that Jimmy Carter, one of the most ineffective Democratic presidents of all time was in office. The choice of the Ayatollah, was Time Magazine rubbing Carter's nose in his own incompetence.

Here's the complete list; [link] which should be enough to keep you amused, (or perhaps bemused), for quite a while.

I'm still sticking with my original assessment of Julian "What's hiz name", and for the record, I think he barely qualifies for "skid-mark du jour ".

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Don't mind me, I'm just pissed because Kim Kardashian wasn't named Time Magazine's", "Woman of the Year". I don't know if they were afraid of angering the US Government, or couldn't justify the cost of the 3 page foldout cover they'd need to get her a** on it.

Just need a telephoto lens to capture the entire vista

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Captaincranky said:

Oddly, (or perhaps not), George W. Bush was their man of the year in both 2000 and 2004. Time is a notoriously right wing leaning publication, and that might explain some of it.

George W. Bush was comedy gold. I dun alf miss his gaffs on the morning news, plus that shoe dodging he did was just pure genius.

Granted, i agree with the "How the bloody hell did this man make president?" question, and he did make some stupid mistakes in his time as president, (Iraq war for most people). I consider the world lucky he didn't do a "What does this button do?" and then blown us all into the dark ages gaff

Anyways what was the topic..........."Jobs FT man of the year". Weeellll, i couldn't really care too be honest...I'm more interested in who got the "Worst man of the year". I'm thinking a man called Tony Hayward wouldn't be too far off the top of that list for most American's and "Certain high investors".

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

dividebyzero said:

Don't mind me, I'm just pissed because Kim Kardashian wasn't named Time Magazine's", "Woman of the Year". I don't know if they were afraid of angering the US Government, or couldn't justify the cost of the 3 page foldout cover they'd need to get her a** on it.

Just need a telephoto lens to capture the entire vista

Hahaha. Though it would certainly defy the laws of physics, I was hoping for a 2-page foldout cover --each page with each *** cheek-- that when opened, it would show me the grand prize. But that is completely off-topic! Where were we again? Something with Julian's last name...?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hahaha. Though it would certainly defy the laws of physics, I was hoping for a 2-page foldout cover --each page with each *** cheek-- that when opened, it would show me the grand prize. But that is completely off-topic! Where were we again? Something with Julian's last name...?
First off, DBZ would be using the tele out of his back door in New Zealand.

Second, if Time did the Kardashian cover as you suggest, then the "grand prize" would have to be accompanied by a "scratch n' sniff" patch, directly on the "fold line of your affections", so to speak. Erstwhile, I sit at home pondering if the Grand Canyon, will ever make the grade as Time's "Woman of the Year".

Moving along, "Kim who", "Julian who", "Snookie who", and last but mostly least, "The Situation who"? And one last question, did Dennis Rodman ever buy another wedding dress after Carmen Electra divorced him?

Guest said:

JerkyTimes announced today that Steve Jobs is the biggest jerky of the century! Good job!

princeton princeton said:

captaincranky said:

I'd take your opinion seriously. But you don't seem to even know Julians last name.
So I take it that you and, "Julian" are on a first name basis. I think your delusions are deepening

P.S. The article referenced TIME magazine and asked if we agreed with the choices the publications made. Therefore my comment was relevant. I was stating my opinion on the TIME magazine choice.
OK, what's his name is just as irrelevant in the "TIME" magazine circle of influence as he is in the "Financial Times.

Wow, his last big leak obviated the fact that diplomats talked about each other behind their backs. Now there's a f***ing big surprise! I would have never thought that was true. Just because people I know talk behind my back, and people you know talk behind your back, in the same way we both talk behind their backs. And everybody everywhere talk behind each others back, who would ever have come up with the idea that diplomats talk behind each others backs.

If this is a big revelation to you, then you have some serious developmental issues.

Which in fairness, are just an undesirable side effect of living in a society capable of making a woman as stupid, ugly, fat, and bossy as "Snookie, a "reality star".

Run along now, I don't want you to waste another valuble moment on this discussion, when you could be watching either "TMZ" or "Access Hollywood", to keep in touch with what's "really important".

Don't mind me, I'm just pissed because Kim Kardashian wasn't named Time Magazine's", "Woman of the Year". I don't know if they were afraid of angering the US Government, or couldn't justify the cost of the 3 page foldout cover they'd need to get her a** on it.

Oh, and when you see "Julian", tell him I said he's an a**hole, let's see if he leaks that.

**** you have issues. I'm dead serious, you should seek some sort of anger management or counseling. Now act civil before I call the idiocy management services for inappropriate conduct towards other members. I don't see why you stay here if things anger you so easily. It's like a child who has doesn't get his way.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

**** you have issues. I'm dead serious, you should seek some sort of anger management or counseling. Now act civil before I call the idiocy management services for inappropriate conduct towards other members. I don't see why you stay here if things anger you so easily. It's like a child who has doesn't get his way.
I don't GAF who you call. Go cry to the mods, just cause I think "Julian" is a low grade pimp, and he's your hero. Is that civil enough for you, crybaby? Not much room for a difference of opinion with you is there, baby boy.

princeton princeton said:

I don't GAF who you call. Go cry to the mods, just cause I think "Julian" is a low grade pimp, and he's your hero. Is that civil enough for you, crybaby? Not much room for my idiocy with you is there, baby boy?.

Oh I'm sorry It seems you have nothing to break down what I said except for yelling CRY TO MODS BABY BOY, CRYBABY. Think of something better, not that I'll read it, useless wastes of space like yourself go on my ignore list. Hows that? If you won't be civil then neither will the people who have to tolerate you.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

<img src="http://www.meh.ro/thumbnail/2010_02/meh.ro3503.jpg
quot; alt="Calm down" />

example1013 said:

Julian whatever gets my a**hat of the year award.

Steve Jobs, financially, has done a lot to shape business. Apple has dominated both the mp3 player and smart phone markets, and they're looking to be in a position to move into the corporate market as well. Already at my college, offices are starting to switch to iMacs. Plenty hate Apple, but you can't deny the success.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

And mine too, although he does seem to amuse the children.

Julian whatever gets my a**hat of the year award.

Steve Jobs, financially, has done a lot to shape business. Apple has dominated both the mp3 player and smart phone markets, and they're looking to be in a position to move into the corporate market as well. Already at my college, offices are starting to switch to iMacs. Plenty hate Apple, but you can't deny the success.

The major accomplishment of Mr. Assange has been to illuminate the fact that diplomats talk about one another the same as "ordinary" people. And the major repercussion of these revelations is, both our allies and enemies have publicly stated, "you should hear the things we say about you"....!

In obtaining the "intelligence" information, Mr. Assange has placed a young, naive, low ranking US soldier in danger of being tried for treason!

Mr. Assange has had very little to nil impact on the financial community, therefore the financial community has no responsibility to acknowledge his, "accomplishments".

At present, Mr. Assange's contact with the financial community, is based on sponging off the rich in a British mansion, as he awaits extradition. So, as I've stated earlier, Mr. Assange is just a parasite, cyber gossip columnist, muckraker, and an information pimp.

He certainly is doing no good for the financial community, and the only work or jobs he is creating, is that of legal representation for himself, and one expects that we will want that for free.

If you ask his legion of "followers", he is the second coming of Christ. The problem with that assessment is, that most of his "followers" are teenagers who are completely unqualified to interpret news of any kind. As is the case, everybody has an opinion, the unfortunate part is that no qualification, education, or understanding is required when said opinion is issued to you.

Every generation believes they've invented music, sex, and rebellion. Sadly, that's rather delusional, and the delusions are grandeur based, probably due to hormonal imbalance. Here's a big news flash boys and girls, this generation didn't invent "yellow journalism" either.

When I want to have news interpreted for me, the first place I turn to isn't some loud mouth teen aged gamer, pumped up on Ritalin or Adderal.

So, Julian Assange, (IMHO), isn't qualified to be anybody's "man of the year", let alone "Financial Times". If you follow the logic thus far in this thread, some malicious exploit in an entirely different arena, qualifies him for that.

The truth is, Julian Assange isn't qualified to be "(*)Garbage Collector Magazines" man of the year either. He hasn't done anything in furtherance of garbage collection. And once again, if you follow the logic thus far in this thread, Julian Assange hasn't been named, "Garbage Collector Magazine's", "Man of the Year, because "Garbage Collector Magazine" is afraid of the government.

When I was a child, I spake as a child. ....Then I joined Techspot, and lo and behold, I just can't seem to shake that behaviour in others.

When I became a man, I put away such childish things......And have a nice day.

*("Garbage Collector Magazine", is a hypothetical publication. Any similarity to another publication, living or dead is purely coincidental).

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Captaincranky said:

When I was a child, I spake as a child.

Is that a typo, or a joke of some sort?

I agree with what you're saying, i'm not too fond of the guy myself...but at least he's making the news more fun to watch...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

You say Tomato", I say Tomahto"

When I was a child, I spake as a child. ....

Is that a typo, or a joke of some sort?

I agree with what you're saying, i'm not too fond of the guy myself...but at least he's making the news more fun to watch...

Oh, that's actually a fractured quote from The Bible (1 Corinthians 13:11). There are several slightly different variations of it. Herewith from the "King James" Edition;

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things".

Anyway, we do differ slightly in our interpretations of current events. You say, "entertaining", I say, "more annoying". But I suppose that's what being an old grouch is about.

I have to dash back to my post you're referencing, and add the disclamer, "Garbage Collector Magazine", is a hypothetical publication. Any similarity to another publication, living or dead is purely coincidental", lest I be ratted out for posting incorrect information.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

If Mr. Assange were eligible for MotY based on the body of leaked documents, the the U.S. Government (Obama Admin. Edition ) would surely be eligible for "People of the Decade/Century/Milennium" using the same metric. Deliberately "leaked" reports such as this are a couple of orders of magnitude more explosive than anything WikiLeaks has ever published. Had Wikileaks made public documentation stating that the U.S.Government was planning on "stepping up attacks on al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents in the tribal areas of Pakistan" I'm pretty sure it have surpassed all the previous "revelations" combined.

captain: nice use of the Corinthians quote/paraphrasing - very apropos.

(Some might wonder why the White House deliberately "leak" a report that is likely to further endanger people on the ground in Pakistan ? Maybe the answer is that a "tough-talk" announcement placed at the right time might help a $US725bn defense bill pass through the House).

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You say Tomato", I say Tomahto"Oh, that's actually a fractured quote from The Bible (1 Corinthians 13:11). There are several slightly different variations of it. Herewith from the "King James" Edition;

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things".

Anyway, we do differ slightly in our interpretations of current events. You say, "entertaining", I say, "more annoying". But I suppose that's what being an old grouch is about.

I have to dash back to my post you're referencing, and add the disclamer, "Garbage Collector Magazine", is a hypothetical publication. Any similarity to another publication, living or dead is purely coincidental", lest I be ratted out for posting incorrect information.

Ahh, "Spake", "Spoke", "I used to speak". I'm intrigued about "Spake", i didn't even think it was a word. (but now i do....sort of)

Anyways. "old grouch", Hey, you're intitled to be an old grouch when you get old...Well, that's the line my Grandad uses on me anyway

Ratted out eh?...Here on Techspot, Nah, surly that would never happen.

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