Steve Jobs named in Time’s 20 most influential Americans list

TIME magazine just published its list of the 20 most influential Americans of all time. Among those listed are folks like George Washington, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, and yes, Steve Jobs.

The magazine calls Jobs the “high priest of the computer age,” and gives a brief rundown of his life and accomplishments, including his time at Disney, and his unprecedented revival of Apple…

Here’s an excerpt from the end of the article:

“Jobs was a visionary whose great genius was for design: he pushed and pushed to make the interface between computers and people elegant, simple and delightful. He always claimed his goal was to create products that were insanely great.” Mission accomplished.”

Walter Isaacson, the author of Jobs’ biography, once said that it was Steve who asked him to write his bio, not the other way around. And since Isaacson’s previous book subjects were folks like Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, he thought this suggested that Jobs considered himself to be in that league.

TIME agrees. Here’s the other folks that made the list:

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Sitting Bull
  • Alexander G. Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Henry Ford
  • Wright Brothers
  • Margaret Sanger
  • Albert Einstein
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Louis Armstrong
  • James Watson
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Steve Jobs

The late CEO was featured on the cover of TIME a total of 8 times, received thousands of accolades, and is even the subject of two upcoming feature films.

It’ll be interesting to see how the world views and remembers Steve Jobs in 20 years. Will he still be on this list?

What do you think?