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Apple chief is smartest CEO, says Fortune

Apple’s iconic chief Steve Jobs has emerged as the "smartest CEO" in the field of technology, according to Fortune magazine’s list of the "50 smartest people in tech".

"When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after a 12-year exile, the company was close to bankruptcy," writes Fortune’s Jessi Hempel. "Thirteen years later it has a market cap of USD250 billion and is the world’s most valuable tech company, transforming whole industries along the way."

Runners-up on the list include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt, Alibaba Group CEO Jack Ma, and Dendreon CEO Mitch Gold.

"None of Fortune’s smartest get by on brains alone," note the magazine’s editors. "They are disciplined, hard-driven perfectionists."