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CNBC Unveils CNBC First 25: Rebels, Icons & Leaders

COVERAGE OF RANKED LIST THROUGHOUT CNBC'S BUSINESS DAY PROGRAMMING AND ON CNBC DIGITAL TODAY

CNBC'S TYLER MATHISEN TO ANCHOR 7PM ET SPECIAL "REBELS, ICONS & LEADERS: THE CNBC FIRST 25" TONIGHT

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., APRIL 29, 2014—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today unveiled the final, ranked list of CNBC First 25: Rebels, Icons & Leaders, a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and created the most disruption in business over the past quarter century. Steve Jobs earned the top spot for both transforming the way we think about technology and redefining the style in which we live (full list below).

CNBC revealed the list across CNBC's multiple platforms and around the world. The network will feature coverage of the CNBC First 25 throughout CNBC's Business Day programming and on CNBC Digital today. The on-air coverage will culminate with a one-hour special at 7PM ET tonight, "Rebels, Icons & Leaders: The CNBC First 25," anchored by CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

CNBC.com has robust coverage of the list including extensive profiles, in-depth feature stories, slideshows and videos. A roster of all-star journalists contributed to the digital coverage including former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-executive Editor of Re/code Walt Mossberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Eric Schurenberg and CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

To track all of the social media coverage around the CNBC First 25, search #CNBC25 on Twitter, Facebook and more of your favorite social platforms. You can follow @CNBC25 on Twitter for the latest #CNBC25 updates as we reveal the top 25 rebels, icons and leaders.

The CNBC First 25 was chosen from an initial group of 200 contenders. Guided in part by our audience, the final list was determined by CNBC top editorial leaders and an elite advisory board comprising former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger, Yale University's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Professor Herminia Ibarra of INSEAD. Paul Maidment, Founding Editor of FT.com and former Executive Editor of Forbes, has served as contributing editor on the project.

Following is the full list:

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Bill Gates
  3. Alan Greenspan & Ben Bernanke
  4. Sergey Brin, Larry Page & Eric Schmidt
  5. Jeff Bezos
  6. Warren Buffett
  7. Oprah Winfrey
  8. Mark Zuckerberg
  9. Jack Bogle
  10. Larry Ellison
  11. Rupert Murdoch
  12. Jack Welch
  13. NR Narayana Murthy
  14. Howard Schultz
  15. Bernard Arnault
  16. Li Ka-shing
  17. Carl Icahn
  18. Meg Whitman
  19. Amancio Ortega
  20. Michael Bloomberg
  21. Sandy Weill
  22. Cher Wang
  23. Aliko Dangote
  24. Martha Stewart
  25. Carlos Slim

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