The Most Creative Minds in Business

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 3:00 PM CDT
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, listens to a statement during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Creativity is a tough thing to put your finger on, but Fast Company takes a shot at picking world’s top 100 business innovators. The first five:

  • Jonathan Ive: Apple’s design chief—responsible for the iPhone, iPod, MacBook, and iMac—ushered in an era of “design perfection” that became “the benchmark by which companies in all industries judge themselves.”

  • Melinda Gates: The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation essentially controls the world’s largest charity: “Maybe it should be called the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation.”
  • Shai Agassi: The CEO of Better Place has a modest goal: make electric cars the norm, complete with charging stations. Countries around the world have already signed on as testing zones.
  • Reed Hastings: The CEO of Netflix didn’t just create an innovative DVD mail service—he’s currently working on a plethora of projects with the biggest names in tech.
  • Rich Ross: The President of Disney Channels Worldwide turned tween entertainment like Hannah Montana into a 100-channel, 163-country behemoth.

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