Runners-up include Gates, Buffett, Page, Brin, Winfrey, Stewart and — wait for it — Madoff
Steve Jobs is the CEO of the decade, according to the new issue of Fortune magazine.
The piece includes the revelation that Jobs twice considered taking Apple private, once in a leveraged buyout with Silver Lake Partners and once a few years earlier with financing lined up by his old friend Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle ORCL .
Sure to stir controversy is Fortune’s provocative list of also rans, which includes, along with some obvious contenders (Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, for example), two convicted felons: Martha Stewart and Bernie Madoff.
CNNMoney.com (which carries this blog) has put together an elaborate online editorial package that includes excerpts from Lashinsky’s story, a video of him explaining the choice, praises of Jobs from the rich and famous, celebrities’ favorite iPhones apps, an interactive timeline, rarely seen photographs and more. The entry point is here.
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