Steve Jobs Named 2011 Media Person of the Year

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The Apple co-founder received 42 percent of online votes in I Want Media’s 10th annual contest.

The Steve Jobs biography that came out shortly after his death topped the iTunes eBook and Amazon print bestseller list for 2011, and now the subject of that biography has been named 2011 Media Person of the Year by I Want Media.

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The Apple co-founder won the annual contest, receiving 42 percent of the votes by readers who were asked to vote for the most memorable figure of 2011. News Corp.’s scandal-plagued media mogul Rupert Murdoch took second with 18 percent of the vote.

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Jobs, who died in October at the age of 56 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, was the visionary behind the Apple innovations including the iPad, iPhone, iTunes and iPad.

The other finalists for this year’s Media Person of the Year honor included Charlie Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington and Glenn Beck. Last year’s honoree for Media Person of the Year was WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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