Perhaps the only person who could have challenged Bill Gates in this poll was Steve Jobs, and he gave it a good run, finishing a strong second. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) polled 473 Information Technology (IT) industry professionals about the industry's most influential personalities of the past 25 years.
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, claimed the top spot on the most influential list. Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, was named by 84 percent of the 473 IT industry professionals who participated in the web-based poll.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976, placed second on the list of most influential IT person of the past 25 years. Jobs was selected by 73 percent of voters.
Placing third was Michael Dell, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded in 1984. He was named by 53 percent of voters.
Interestingly, tied for 4th with Linus Torvalds were those young whippersnappers, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who, as Stanford University Ph.D. students, founded Google in 1998.