Fast Company magazine have released their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. The magazine searched for dazzling new thinkers and rising stars, avoiding people that were profiled in the recent past. It emphasizes those whose creativity addresses a larger issue -- from the future of our energy infrastructure to the evolution of philanthropy to next-generation media and entertainment. Online profiles of all 100 are available online.
At the number one spot is Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive, whose first Apple blockbuster was the iMac. This machine could not have been a more radical departure from the ubiquitous beige-box PC: a desktop computer in bright candy colours with a see-through shell showing its inner machinery. The iMac became the top-selling computer in the United States.
Coming in second is Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her influence over the world's largest foundation is enormous, championing not only big-picture, tech-oriented solutions to improve health and education over the long term but also more modest steps to help the poorest of the poor such as distributing condoms. The foundation's latest surprise is funding health and education messages to be integrated into Viacom TV programming.
At number three is Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place, a venture-backed company that aims to reduce global dependency on oil through the creation of a market-based transportation infrastructure that supports electric vehicles. His vision for the future includes battery-powered cars made by Renault-Nissan, a network of charging stations, and cell-phone-like pricing schemes.
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