Steve Jobs was the top-ranked entrepreneur in a poll of teenagers conducted by Junior Achievement.
The economic-education program reports that Jobs received the most admiration in a survey of 1,000 young people. Twenty-three percent of survey respondents said Jobs – who founded Apple in 1986 and returned to the company in 1997, helping to create the iPod, iPhone and iPad – was the entrepreneur they admired most.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, was No. 2: Seventeen percent of teens said she was their favorite entrepreneur. And Oprah Winfrey rounded out the top three with 14 percent of the vote.
All three entrepreneurs offer valuable lessons for young people thinking about bootstrapping their own business. Jobs is a master at creating buzz around a brand; he's widely credited with making Apple the world's most valuable technology company. Rowling offers an object lesson in persistence: The first Harry Potter book was turned down by 12 publishers before becoming reality. And Winfrey, on the back of decades of hard work, rose from poverty to become a billionaire.