With over 200,000 votes cast in AskMen.com's 49 "Most Influential Men" poll, the top 10 and tech-related votes from a very eclectic list that's heavily populated with contemporary athletes are:
• 01 - Barack Obama (Illinois Senator (4 yrs.); U.S Democratic Presidential Nominee)
• 02 - Steve Jobs (Apple CEO): No other CEO in the world is so intimately associated with his company’s products. Does anyone think of Subrah lyar while using a WebEx application? Who thinks of Steve Ballmer as their XBox powers up? But iPod and Jobs, Mac and Steve -- one ceases to be without the other. After all, while in some ways, Steve Jobs may seem like the accidental CEO, an eccentric hippie in the right place and time, when in fact he’s as savvy as they get. Furthermore, his design aesthetic is impeccable: He blends form and function into visionary elegance, making products so hip and so useful, they divide the world into Apple owners and Apple enviers.
So if you have ever wondered which contemporary your grandkids will pester you about, wonder no more: Steve Jobs is posterity’s wet dream. We’re merely lucky enough to have known him when.
• 03 - Michael Phelps (Swimmer)
• 04 - Robert Downey Jr. (Actor)
• 05 - Stephen Colbert (TV personality)
• 06 - Gordon Ramsay (Chef)
• 07 - Christian Bale (Actor)
• 08 - Rob Kay (Rock Band)
• 09 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer)
• 10 - John McCain (Arizona Senator (22 yrs.); Republican U.S. Presidential Nominee)
• 13 - Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
• 23 - Jonathan Ive (Apple SVP Design): As one of the key figures behind the design of such indelible Apple products as the iPhone, iMac and iPod, Jonathan Ive has revolutionized the way that consumers view computers and their various peripherals. He successfully transformed the home computer from a clunky piece of hardware to a sleek piece of art, and his work has garnered him awards and kudos the world over (earlier this year, for example, The Daily Telegraph bestowed upon him the title of Most Influential Briton in America). His penchant for consistently topping himself (as impressive as the iPod is, it’s hard to deny the “wow” factor of the iPhone) has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, yet its his willingness to share credit with his coworkers and his preference for keeping out of the spotlight that’s won Jonathan Ive a well-deserved place on this list.
• 28 - Arnold Schwarzenegger (Governor of California)
• 35 - Sam Houser (Rockstar Games)
• 49 - Kevin Rose (Digg.com)
Stephen Colbert? Are you kidding me? Cristiano Ronaldo? Are you serious? A soccer player?
Of course, most troubling is the number one spot . . . Obama. The only good news is that the readers of Ask Men will likely be too busy jerking off to the girlie pictures to bother going to vote.