Leadership
15 / 22    

Portfolio's Best American CEOs of All Time

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell tries to ¬explain the seemingly unexplainable: how the most amazing people got to be so amazing. His conclusion is that extraordinary people like Bill Gates and the Beatles aren’t mysterious freaks of nature but the logical ¬products of considerable talent, good timing, and precisely 10,000 hours of early training. Gladwell claims that Steve Jobs fits into the scheme because of his age (54, perfect for taking advantage of the PC revolution that started in the 1970s)

» more from Leadership

7. Steve Jobs

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell tries to explain the seemingly unexplainable: how the most amazing people got to be so amazing. His conclusion is that extraordinary people like Bill Gates and the Beatles aren’t mysterious freaks of nature, but the logical products of considerable talent, good timing, and precisely 10,000 hours of early training. Gladwell claims that Steve Jobs fits into the scheme because of his age (54, perfect for taking advantage of the PC revolution that started in the 1970s) and the neighborhood in which he was raised (Silicon Valley).

By Portfolio.com