Elon Musk, Tim Cook top Page, Pichai, Zuckerberg and Gates as ‘visionaries’ in survey of tech leaders

Launching space rockets and building revolutionary automobiles puts you on a higher pedestal than peddling cat videos, memes and news stories real and fake, it appears.

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk came out on top in the “tech visionaries” category of a KPMG survey of more than 800 tech-industry leaders around the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook came in second, with Google co-founder Larry Page and Google CEO Sundar Pichai tied for third with Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, KPMG reported March 6.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came in fourth. Tied for fifth were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

It should be noted that when it comes to who thinks who is visionary, Google’s Pichai is big in India — at No. 1, in fact.

Asian respondents in general gave higher marks to Pichai, Nadella and Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun, according to KPMG.

It was the fifth year that KPMG has conducted the survey. Musk won last year, too, but not by as much — this year he vanquished all others by more than double the percentage as last year, KPMG said.

But in America, with input from other countries excluded, Apple’s Cook beat Musk for the title of most visionary leader, according to KPMG.

And while Google failed to crack the top two on the visionaries list, as a company it dominated its tech rivals.

Asked which company is the leader in driving tech innovation, a fifth of respondents answered “Google,” putting the firm at the top of the list.

Apple came in second, but slipped a bit this year, to 15 percent of respondents naming the firm as the dominant leader on innovation, from 18 percent last year.

Next up were Microsoft and IBM and spots three and four, respectively.

Amazon and Tesla tied for fifth.

How could ol’ Big Blue beat explosive, transformative Amazon? IBM’s record 8,000 patents received last year had something to do with it, according to KPMG. Many tech leaders see patents as “a metric of innovation,” and the firm’s patent frenzy shows “a commitment to artificial intelligence and predictive analytics,” KPMG said.


Photo:  Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2015 at the company’s headquarters, in Fremont (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)


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  • cent99

    Tim Cook a visionary ?