Jony Ive and David Einhorn Named to TIME's List of 100 Most Influential People

TimecoverTIME magazine today released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and two of the selections have ties to Apple: longtime design head Jonathan Ive and hedge funder David Einhorn who has pressed Apple to return more of its cash to shareholders.

Each selection is accompanied by an essay by another prominent personality or close associate outlining why the person qualifies for inclusion in the list. The essay on Ive is written by U2 frontman Bono, who has long had ties to Apple.

Jony Ive is himself classic Apple. Brushed steel, polished glass hardware, complicated software honed to simplicity. His genius is not just his ability to see what others cannot but also how he applies it. To watch him with his workmates in the holy of holies, Apple’s design lab, or on a night out is to observe a very rare esprit de corps. They love their boss, and he loves them. What the competitors don’t seem to understand is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money. Jony is Obi-Wan.

Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon is also featured, with his essay written by one-time Apple CEO John Sculley. A number of other tech luminaries are listed, including Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

TIME's 2013 list of the world's most influential people is the magazine's cover story for next week's issue and highlights representatives in five different categories: Titans, Leaders, Artists, Pioneers and Icons.

Top Rated Comments

winston1236 Avatar
114 months ago
Jony, you are the man! Please help me fall in love with Apple all over again. Please revamp iOS in new, and exciting ways!

Ive is very influential, his boring ip5 design influenced me to buy a galaxy s3.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
114 months ago
Any teachers, nurses, librarians on this list? Bet they are way more influential than some iphone designer. What has he influenced? Maybe he influences samsung to make copycat phones, but that's not real creation. I think influential people influence people to CREATE for the common good.

Man of the year 1939

Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Foxer Avatar
114 months ago
Lol at how Samsung's CEO's article is written by the worst Apple CEO in the history of the company. :D

Ever heard of Gil Amelio?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunaoso Avatar
114 months ago
Lol at how Samsung's CEO's article is written by the worst Apple CEO in the history of the company. :D
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gwelmarten Avatar
114 months ago
Go Jony!

Jony, we love you! Bring your awesome design to iOS now please :)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
usersince86 Avatar
114 months ago
Just because you don't get it...

Sorry, but even being a fellow Brit, I just don't get it!

There hasn't been a new design within the apple stable for a number of years and opportunities to create something beautiful...
I may be missing something, but...
- many laptops seem to look like MacBook Pros
- many tablets seem to look like iPads
- many smartphones seem to look like iPhones
- no other all-in-one comes close to the iMac's design

Sorry, but J. Ive is [one of] the best, whether you "get it" or not. (IMHO)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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