Mark Zuckerberg Tops Vanity Fair's 2011 New Establishment List--Again
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has topped Vanity Fair's annual New Establishment list for the second year in the row, outranking a slew of other Silicon Valley giants including Google CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The list ranks "the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs" and is decidedly tech heavy: Vanity Fair's top seven "visionaries" are all men involved in the tech industry and include Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive, Jack Dorsey, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and Reed Hastings.
Several tech moguls that were ranked in the top ten in 2010, such as Eric Schmidt, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, were omitted entirely from the 2011 edition; a few others, like Zuckerberg, Bezos and Ive, have made repeat appearances.
Facebook contributed a total of three people to the list: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (number 26) and Facebook alumnus Sean Parker (number 34), who was the company's first president.
"Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the inescapable social-networking site Facebook, maintains his perch at the top of Vanity Fair’s 17th annual New Establishment List ranking for the second year in a row," writes Vanity Fair of the CEO, who was selected as TIME's person of the year in 2010. "With a possible I.P.O. on the horizon by 2012, which could value the company anywhere between $50 and $100 billion, Facebook has enough clout to worry even the unshakable Google. Zuckerberg is still the youngest person ever to top the list."
Zuckerberg has come a long way from the Harvard dropout who, in a 2005 interview, said of Facebook, "I still don't know if we have something."
"A lot of people are focused on taking over the world or doing the biggest thing and getting the most users," he added at the time. "I think part of making a difference and doing something cool is focusing intensely."
See the full list on Vanity Fair here. Tell us: Who would you have ranked as number one?