According to the Financial Times, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is the Person of the Year – 2010. They have announced it on Friday. A few days ago, Times named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the Person of the Year. It’s tough to question Financial Times as it has been a phenomenal year for Apple under Steve Jobs.
Under the leadership of Steve Jobs, Apple also managed to create another breakthrough product: the iPad. Finally, the iPhone 4 launch, although initially marred with antenna issues, turned out to be one of the most successful product launches in Apple history.
In a brief piece titled “The Geeks shall inherit the earth,” FT championed the contributions of the nerd. “As technology colonises every area of our lives – music, films and art – so nerds are the emperors,” the paper wrote.
“So it has come to pass. Steve Jobs, the polo-necked Apple chief, described this week by US president Barack Obama as the ‘epitome of the American dream,’ is the Financial Times’ Person of the Year,” the Times said.
Few days ago, American President Obama praised him as one of the greatest tech entrepreneur. He also told the young generation to cherish his spirit.
Obama made his remarks in response to a question about whether there is a divide between the middle class and wealthy Americans. “We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing. We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market,” Obama said.