Steve Jobs is one of the greatest entrepreneurs and business strategists in American history. The founder and CEO of Apple led them in creating a series of products that changed the way we use technology; the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. He also led Apple to become the most profitable company in the world.
Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, and prior to that worked as a Vice President at Google, and as chief of staff at the US Treasury Department. She is consistently ranked as one of the most powerful women in business, and one of the most influential people in the world. Her TED talk on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders has been viewed over 7 million times.
Peter Jackson is the director, producer and co-writer for the trilogy of Lord of the Rings films, one of the biggest box office successes of all time. He also directed The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong, and a few other cult classics. He won an Oscar for Best Director for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa, and is considered one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. After spending 27 years in prison for fighting against white minority rule, he came out of jail preaching forgiveness and reconciliation, and led the process of creating the new South Africa into the Rainbow Nation.
Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful football coaches in modern history. He has won league championships in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, and has won the European Cup with two different clubs. He is widely considered one of the best football coaches ever to work in the game.
Condoleezza Rice served America as National Security Adviser and then Secretary of State during the presidency of George W. Bush. She was both the second female and the second African-American Secretary of State, and was known as a tough negotiator who could more than stand up to Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a host of others within Washington.
Brendan Hall skippered the winning yacht on the 2009-10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The race is a 10-month, 35000 mile circumnavigation of the world, where amateur teams of 17 crew members are led by professional sailing captains. Leading such an inexperienced team, into some of the world’s roughest seas, is considered one of the greatest challenges in the world.
Alastair Campbell was Director of Strategy and Communications for Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government from 1997-2003. One of the greatest ‘spin doctors’ British politics has ever seen, he ensured New Labour constantly received favourable media coverage, helped the Labour party win two triple figure majorities at General Elections, and was one of Blair’s closest advisers.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America, but is often listed as number one in the polls of greatest presidents from US history. He led to victory the northern states who remained loyal to the Union in the American civil war, but was assassinated weeks after the war officially ended.