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Is Steve Jobs more popular than Jesus?

October 14, 2009: 7:11 AM ET

Apple's CEO tops two polls in one week. Will no one rid us of these meddlesome lists?

Jobs. Photo: Apple Inc.

Photo: Apple Inc.

Last Thursday, Oct. 8, an Agenda Setters panel named Steve Jobs the most influential individual in the global technology industry, ahead of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Barack Obama, President of the United States.

Four days later, a survey of 1,000 tweens and teens ages 12 to 17 picked Steve Jobs as the celebrity entrepreneur they admired most, ahead of Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and the Olsen twins.

Is Apple's (AAPL) CEO really more influential than Obama and more popular than Oprah, as headline writers invariably put it?

Of course not.

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