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Apple’s Jobs named ‘most powerful’ businessperson

Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs tops the “Power 25” list in the current issue of Fortune, ahead of News Corp.’s (NWS) Rupert Murdoch, Goldman Sachs’ (GS) Lloyd Blankfein, and the Google (GOOG) guys.

My colleague Brent Schlender wrote the item, which says, in part:

Since returning to Apple in 1997, he has changed the dynamics of consumer electronics with the iPod, and persuaded the music industry, the television networks, and Hollywood to distribute their wares with the iTunes Music Store. With his hugely successful Apple Stores, he gave the big-box boys a lesson in high-margin, high-touch retailing. And this year, at the height of his creative and promotional powers, Jobs orchestrated Apple’s entry into the cellular telephone business with the iPhone.

That’s five industries that Jobs has upended — computers, Hollywood, music, retailing, and wireless phones. At this moment, no one has more influence over a broader swath of business than Jobs.

You can read the rest of his article here. A photo gallery of the full list is available here.