Gates and Jobs Battle it Out in Top 10 Influencers

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Microsoft and Apple chiefs come one and two in a poll of the industry's most influential personalities of the past 25 years.

The battles between Microsoft and Apple have hit their CEOs, as the two companies' respective chiefs were named the industry's most influential personalities, top and second, respectively, of the past 25 years, according to a poll by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, claimed the top spot on the most influential list, named by 84 percent of the 473 IT industry professionals who participated in the Web-based poll.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976, placed second on the list of most influential IT person of the past 25 years. Jobs was selected by 73 percent of voters.

Dell CEO Michael Dell came third and was named by 53 percent of voters. Tied for fourth, both with 47 percent, was Linus Torvalds, writer of the original Linux code, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who founded Google.

The top 10 most influential IT industry personalities of the past 25 years according to the CompTIA poll were:

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft (84 percent)

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple (73 percent)

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell (53 percent)

Linus Torvalds, writer of the original Linux code (47 percent)

Sergey Brin and Larry Page (47 percent)

John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems (44 percent)

Larry Ellison, CEO and member of the board of directors of Oracle (36 percent)

Vinton Cerf, widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet" and the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet (35 percent)

Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft (35 percent)

Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay since 1998 (30 percent)

Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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