Top 8 Influential People 2017: Not Much Women


The Recode 100 published a list of people in tech, business, and media who mattered in 2017. Nexter tells about Top 8 influential people of the year.

1. Jeff Bezos

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos was named No.1 in the list. It’s not surprising, as Amazon has become the largest online grocer in the United States and expanded to the fifth continent – Australia.

Amazon Alexa voice assistant is another successful project that has overtaken Google as the most-used search engine — or voice engine, as they now say. It’s everywhere and powering the brains of everything.

Jeff Bezos also leads in the grocery industry and snatched a challenged Whole Foods off the sale rack for nearly $14 billion.


Source: The Verge

2. Susan Fowler

Some called her “the woman who disrupted Uber”, some said she “brought Uber to its knees”, and Decode 100 include her name in its list of people who mattered. Susan’s story is another great example of the powers of words.

Susan Fowler is Uber’s former employees. In a 3,000-word essay Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber, Fowler detailed the sexism and harassment she faced at the company where she was a site reliability engineer for a year. Further investigations led to the resignation of co-founder Travis Kalanick as Uber’s CEO. And it was a victory.



3. Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow

Kantor, Twohey and Farrow are journalists who broke the biggest story of the year, reporting in sharp, shattering detail the alleged decades-long assault movie producer Harvey Weinstein had leveled against scores of women, in some cases multiple times over years.

In the wake of the Weinstein stories — Twohey and Kantor in the New York Times on Oct. 5, and Farrow in the New Yorker five days later — a man in power has been exposed for allegedly abusing women two out of every three days. After that, more than 40 men more were uncovered of their behavior.


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4. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg worked hard this year for improving Facebook ‘Karma’ after huge US President election scandal and Russian propaganda. As a result, Facebook is expected to do more than $40 billion in revenue this year, about 45 percent more than it did last year. Its market value grew by about $170 billion this year and now tops $500 billion.



5. Tim Cook

Seems like Apple CEO is doing well as the company leader. This year top product – iPhone X which launched in November and was called the most important Apple project. Moreover, 60 percent of Apple’s market value has happened since Cook became its CEO in 2011. It has a shot at becoming the world’s first trillion dollar company.



6. Masayoshi Son

Son has reshaped Silicon Valley finance in 2017. He founded and runs SoftBank, a mobile telecom and investment firm. The recode called him “a charismatic daredevil who is one of the few tech investors willing to actually sacrifice his own billions, his own reputation and his own labor — whatever it takes — to gain access to a once-in-a-lifetime generation of companies that will enrich his investors and himself.”


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7. Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is on top as this year’s third-quarter revenue was up a mind-boggling 24 percent. Add in Android, the world’s dominant mobile platform, and YouTube, the world’s biggest video platform — by a very long shot — and yeah. Google search engines and AI development continue to grow as well.


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8. Elon Musk

And the last but not the least is Elon Musk. Elon is so popular that almost every announcement he makes became discussed in most influential magazines. This year he was building cars, trucks, tunnels and rockets. He wants to colonize Mars, save the environment and find a solution for pesky Los Angeles traffic. Very ambitious, huh?



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