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November 7, 2007 at 8:15 AM

Poll names Gates most influential in past 25 years of IT

The Computing and Technology Industry Association surveyed 473 IT professionals to list the most influential people in the industry during the past 25 years. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates topped the chart, with 84 percent of respondents placing him at No. 1. (The Web-based survey allowed people to mark more than one name.)

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

2. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

3. Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell

4. Linus Torvalds, who wrote the code for Linux (tie)

4. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google (tie)

6. John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems

7. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle

8. Vinton Cerf, known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and architecture of the Internet

9. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

10. Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay

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