These are the top 25 people with the most influence on the ‘tech industry’

Stack Overflow released their annual ‘developer survey’ where the participants contributed their opinions about tech industry, the successful programs, etc. This year, Stack Overflow also asked the participant regarding who they think would be the most influential personality in the technology industry in the year 2019.

The top 25 results are based on the answers of over 30,398 participants and include CEOs, developers, and even politicians. Let’s take a look!

25. Werner Vogels, Amazon Chief Technology Officer

The vice president and CTO of Amazon formerly worked for Cornell where he was responsible for research on scaling enterprise-computing systems.

24. Jack Ma, Ali Baba cofounder and chairman

The Chinese e-commerce giant Ali Baba has the world’s largest public stock offering. However, Jack Ma, the co-founder of the entity plans to step down from his position as chairman in September.

23. Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind CEO and founder

DeepMind is an artificial intelligence research company acquired by Google.

22. Jon Skeet, staff software engineer at Google

John Skeet works as a software engineer at Google. However, he is renowned for being the top contributor on Stack Overflow as well.

21. Lisa Su, Advanced Micro Devices CEO

Lisa Su joined Advanced Micro Devices in 2012 where she is now serving as the CEO and president.

20. Jeff Dean, Google senior fellow

Jeff Dean leads the deep learning artificial intelligence team at Google.

19. Ajit Pai, FCC chairman

Besides being head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Bai was recently called to manage the regulations of the tech companies.

18. Rich Hickey, Cognitect CTO and creator of Clojure and Datomic

After creating the programing language Clojure and the database Datomic, Rich Hickey is serving as the CTO at Cognitect that is home to both the technologies.

17. Larry Page, Google's co-founder and CEO of Alphabet

Larry Page co-founded Google in 1998 and is now serving as the CEO of Alphabet, its holding company.

16. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum

The blockchain platform Ethereum was released by Vitalik when he was only 21. He has also co-founded the Bitcoin magazine and is an active contributor of the cryptocurrency industry.

15. Richard Stallman, president and founder of the Free Software Foundation

He started the free software movement in 1983 and developed his own version of free software by the name of GNU. His foundation is also aimed to support the availability of open and free software.


14. Andrew Ng, founder and CEO of Landing AI and co-founder of Coursera

One of the most famous computer scientists, Andrew NG co-founded the online learning platform Coursera and Landing AI that helps companies implement the AI technology.

13. Evan You, creator of Vue.js

Vue.js is a popular open source JavaScript framework that helps build user interfaces.

12. Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China

The president of China is developing the Made in China 2025 in order to make the country a tech superpower.

11. Dan Abramov, Facebook engineer on the React team

React is a popular JavaScript library managed by Facebook that creates interactive features for its applications.

10. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder

Apart from Microsoft, Bill Gates is an active philanthropist popular for his work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

9. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux

Linux is a free and open-source software system that allows programmers to collaborate on a single platform.

8. Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Tim Cook became the CEO of Apple in 2011 – the same year the company hit its trillion-dollar threshold.

7. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and co-founder

Mark Zuckerberg is the creator of Facebook that has over 2.37 billion monthly active users.

6. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

After joining Google in 2014, Sundar Pichai advanced to the position of CEO in 2015. He previously led Android and Google Chrome.

5. Donald Trump, president of the United States of America

President Trump has announced to advance artificial intelligence and he is also looking into launching antitrust investigations on tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

4. Me/Myself

760 people out of the 30,000 participants nominated themselves for having the most influence on the tech world in 2019.

3. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft in 2014 after which the tech company became one of the world’s most valuable company.

2. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder

Amazon, the e-commerce and cloud company is currently worth a whopping $916 billion.

1. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

On the number one position is Elon Musk who is now the CEO of Tesla. Previously, he also co-founded SpaceX, the Boring Company, Neuralink, OpenAI, and PayPal. He managed to garner over 30% of the votes in the survey.

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