In the first annual list to be compiled since the death of Steve Jobs last October, there was a gaping hole - a chasm, fact - on the freshly published summary of the world's most influential people by Time magazine.
But while Jobs is gone, his memory and legacy are clearly represented by two other prominent names to make the grade in the eyes of Time: new Apple CEO Tim Cook and Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson.
Per tradition, Time commemorates the lasting contributions to society by its honorees with a small essay from a close associate. In the case of Tim Cook, Mr. Cook's essay was penned by former Vice President Al Gore.
"It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple," Gore observed. "Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn't missed a single beat."
Isaacson, however, also enjoyed the praises of a high-profile essay writer. In this case, it was former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who wrote:
This is influence of the best species, educating us while demonstrating the continued fascination of the seriously examined life, rendered by Isaacson with the objectivity of a true historian and the flair of a born storyteller. But what most separates Isaacson, 59, from would-be peers is his wisdom in choosing subjects whose individual talents have affected all our lives.
Source: Time Magazine