4/19/12 Tech Leaders Top Time’s 100 Most Influential Leaders

Several tech leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg landed on Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World list, announced Wednesday.

Both Cook and Sandberg have been in the spotlight in the past year. Cook has had a lot thrown at him since he took over for Steve Jobs. The new iPad released and he has been dealing with controversy about Apple suppliers in China.

Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, wrote Cook’s Time bio, which says, “Cook, 51, has already led the world’s most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.”

Sandberg has not only been a strong leader, but also an inspirational activist. Most recently she spoke aboutbalancing family and work life. Notice, Mark Zuckerberg, her boss, didn’t make the cut this year.

“She embodies the very best of a new generation of leaders, flourishing and creating shared value in an era of unprecedented technological change and human advancement. Her energy, her passion and her relentless optimism are infectious, inspiring all of us who’ve had the chance to work with her,” Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola, wrote in her bio for Time.

Other tech names included: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek; entrepreneur and co-creator of the first popular web browser Marc Andreessen; Change.org founder Ben Rattray; Khan Academy founder Salman Khan; IBM CEO Virginia Rometty and Mashable‘s founder and CEO Pete Cashmore.

The selection process begins with Time readers voting for their picks for the world’s most influential people. Then a team of editors chose the 100 most influential leaders.

Anonymous led the Time 100 poll and Erik Martin, the general manager of Reddit, followed behind with 264,193 votes.

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