It doesn't matter if you like Apple computers or not, there is no denying that Steve Jobs is one of the best corporate leaders in history. Jobs resigned not long ago from his post as CEO of Apple due to health reasons. Jobs is still part of Apple and is acting as the Chairman for the company. While Jobs was at the wheel at Apple, he masterminded some of the most iconic and profitable products in the tech world.
Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt has heaped some high praise on Jobs. Schmidt is also a former Apple board member so some may see him as biased. Schmidt has stated that Jobs was "probably the best" CEO in 50 or 100 years. That puts Jobs in some lofty company with the likes of Henry Ford and John D Rockefeller. The praise is warranted if you look at the history of Apple and Jobs.
A company needs a solid leader if it is going to do the things Apple did, such as recently topping Exxon in stock market valuation. Jobs was at the helm of Apple twice with his first stint running from the late 70's to 1985. Jobs returned in 1997 and during his tenure helped to launch iconic products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.