By Marcus Leach

‘The Magician’ Steve Jobs was posthumously announced as The Economist readers’ “Anniversary award” winner at a special ceremony held at London’s Science Museum.

From over 22,000 votes, Jobs was a clear frontrunner from a selection of the last ten years of Economist Innovation winners, including Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, co-founders, YouTube; Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google; and Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, co-founders of Skype, among many more.

Until recently the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs’ work as an innovator has been well documented. Winning his Economist Innovation award in the Consumer Products and Services category in 2010, Jobs was particularly praised for the way in which he involved himself in the intimate details of all Apple product design and development, leading the team that creates Apple products to achieve great success.

“Steve Jobs once said that "innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have...it’s about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." Undoubtedly the co-founder of Apple had an unusual knack for looking at technology from the outside, as a user, not just from the inside, as an engineer. He is recognised by our readers with this anniversary award for the leadership and inspiration he provided to his corporation," Tom Standage, Digital Editor at The Economist said.

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