Survey Identifies Top Tech Role Models

Feb 23, 2000

MENLO PARK, CA -- Whom do information technology executives admire most in their field? In a recent survey, industry luminary Bill Gates topped the list by a wide margin. Thirty-seven percent of chief information officers (CIOs) polled cast their vote for Gates, chairman and chief software architect for Microsoft Corporation. Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Dell Computers, followed with 19 percent of the response.

The survey was developed by RHI Consulting, a leading specialized consulting firm that provides information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 100 employees.

CIOs were asked, "Which one of the following people do you admire most in technology?" Their responses:

Bill Gates (Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation) 37%
Michael Dell (Chairman and CEO, Dell Computers) 19%
Steve Jobs (CEO, Apple Computer) 9%
Linus Torvalds (Linux inventor) 7%
William Hewlett (Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard) 5%
Scott McNealy (Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems) 3%
Larry Ellison (Chairman and CEO, Oracle Corporation) 3%
Other/Don't know   17%

Other highly regarded IT industry executives identified by the CIOs polled included Marc Andreeson, co-founder of Netscape; John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems; Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Novell, Inc.; and Andy Grove, chairman of Intel Corporation.

RHI Consulting provides firms with skilled IT professionals for projects ranging from e-commerce initiatives and multiplatform systems integration to help desk and network support. The company has locations throughout North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at

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