Imagine a world without Google or Starbucks, or a world without Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. It’s inconceivable.
So what will be the next Facebook? Who will be the next Jack Welch or Sandy Weill?
Earlier this year, CNBC published its First 25 list, highlighting the pioneers that have most influenced the business world in the past 25 years: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Zuckerberg were just a few of the names at the top of the list.
Today, in the spirit of that original list, CNBC unveiled its NEXT list, shining a spotlight on the rebels, leaders, and innovators developing solutions that will transform business over the next quarter century. The four figures above–Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih–are just a few examples of influencers named to the list.
In explaining its selection process, CNBC writes:
We cast a wide net, and our criteria were fairly broad. We aimed to include the people we expected to have the greatest impact 25 years from now; we sought to think globally so you’ll notice names that reflect the great diversity of the planet, and we wanted to make sure we didn’t just include individuals in the technology industry, because so many other sectors are innovating in ways that will change our future.
Other visionaries on the list include Dick Costolo (CEO, Twitter), Jack Dorsey (chairman and co-creator, Twitter; CEO, Square), Mary Erdoes (CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management), Marissa Mayer (President and CEO, Yahoo!), and Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft).
It’s truly an honor to see Hearsay Social’s founder and CEO among such esteemed company. Thank you CNBC and congratulations to Clara, Jeff, Sheryl, Tim, and everyone else on the list–here’s to the next 25 years!