No surprise here that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates topped the list of CNBC's 25 rebels, icons and leaders that have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC was launched.
Back in January, when the list was first rolled out, I wrote that it was a toss-up between the two. I gave Gates the edge because of his groundbreaking philanthropy. As I wrote at the time:
Jobs is the easy and obvious choice, especially for the way he shook up music and mobile and the design aesthetic and general ease of computing.
While Gates may not have been as snazzy as Jobs, it could be argued he deserves equal billing because, as much as many of us love to hate Microsoft, Windows, Word and Office originally changed the game for most of us.