The 20 most powerful people in tech

Jeff Bezos

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is ranked No. 2.

Business Insider recently released its list of the most powerful people in the world, and 12 of our top 50 were innovators, CEOs, and influencers from the tech world.

To determine the ranking, we considered more than 100 of the most influential players in business, politics, and entertainment, and evaluated their influence using metrics in four major areas: economic power, command, newsworthiness, and impact - a subjective measure that captures how important they are in their respective spheres. Advertisement

We then narrowed down the list to just those in the tech industry, adding eight tech stars that narrowly missed our top 50. (You can read the full methodology here.)

Read on to see the 20 most powerful people in tech.

Editing by Alex Morrell with additional research by Andy Kiersz.
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Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.