Apple's CEO and lead industrial designer are both named among technology's smartest people by Fortune.
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Jobs is credited with bringing Apple back from the brink of disaster in the late 1990s, introducing products like the iMac and iPod. Jobs later lead the charge to change the mobile industry with the iPhone and mostly recent, the iPad.
"He is a visionary, a micromanager, and a showman who creates such anticipation around new products that their releases are veritable holidays," writes Fortune. "And Jobs is a pop culture icon like no other business executive."
Runners-up for the smartest CEO include Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt.
Fortune connected the dots between Jobs and Ives. "Steve Jobs dreamed up the iPhone, but Jonathan Ive created it," writes Fortune. "As Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, Ive, 43, is an expert at manufacturing lust. Like his boss, he is a perfectionist who leads a small team working in near secrecy. Most Apple employees aren't allowed in his studio. From the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad, his contributions have set the course not just for Apple but for design more broadly."
Other categories in Fortune's top 50 smartest list include analysts, founders, engineers, academics, hybrids, investors, scientists and executives. The list includes Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Farmville CTO Luke Rajlich, and Netscape's Marc Andreessen, among others.