The top influencers throughout history in key contracting sectors

Thursday 13 September 2018

Every industry has its influencers; the people who fundamentally alter how their sector works, whether that is through inventing a game-changing product or simply presenting a new way to run a business. Some influencers have had such an enormous impact that the world would be completely different had they not existed.

Of course, everyone has different opinions on who they think the biggest influencers are, even within specific industries. A lot of it is down to personal opinion; people are often asked who they would have a dinner party with if they could invite anyone in history, and the answers always come down to what the host is interested in.

Well, here at Brookson we are interested in the sectors our contracting clients operate in, so we know exactly who we'd invite to our hypothetical dinner party. Here is our list of our favourite influencers from some of the industries we work with, and why we think they're some of the most incredible figures of all time.

IT: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Susan Wojcicki

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates need no introduction. Without them, the world of personal computing would be completely different, with the vast majority of people owning either a Windows or an Apple device. Both of them have contributed so much to the field that we found it impossible to choose between them!

However, you might not have heard of our other choice: Susan Wojcicki. She is one of the driving forces behind Google, and has been responsible for some of the search engine's biggest features. From Google Doodles to Google Images, Wojcicki has been behind the scenes at the search engine for almost 20 years after signing on as its first ever marketing manager in 1999.

As well as being the CEO of YouTube, Wojcicki is also the woman behind AdSense, AdWords, DoubleClick and Google Analytics. It is estimated that she is responsible for as much as 96 per cent of Google's yearly revenue, making it hard not to see her as one of the most influential figures in tech.

Business: Ray Kroc and Elon Musk

While he has probably had a negative impact on global health, it's hard to argue that Ray Kroc isn't one of the most influential businesspeople of all time. While he didn't found it, he is the man responsible for turning McDonald's from a small Californian franchise into a global giant.

After being impressed by the McDonald brothers' restaurant, Kroc purchased a stake in it and set about creating the modern fast-food experience. He standardised the menus and kitchen processes, creating something vastly different from hamburger restaurants at the time. Every fast-food chain since, from Burger King to Taco Bell, has followed Kroc's example.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk is on the list for how he spends his money. After inventing and selling off PayPal, the billionaire could well have relaxed into a life of luxury. However, he is intent on making the world a better place through space exploration and electric cars, and is determined to invest in the planet's future.

Engineering: Isambard Kingdom Brunel and George Stephenson

Fun fact: Isambard Kingdom Brunel was voted the second greatest Briton of all time in 2002, and it's not hard to see why. In his lifetime he completely changed the landscape of the UK, building railways, bridges, dockyards, ships and much more. His work helped industrialise the country and transform it into a global powerhouse.

Of course, much of what Brunel achieved would not have been possible without the work of George Stephenson. He revolutionised public transport by developing the railway, including creating the first ever passenger train. This technology helped shape the modern world, and it's hard to argue he isn't one of the most influential engineers ever.

Automotive: The Wright brothers, and Daimler and Benz

We live in a small world, where we can reach practically anywhere on the globe in less than 24 hours. This is because of aeroplanes, an invention that was developed by Orville and Wilbur Wright. They flew for 12 seconds in December 1903, and quickly developed their technology into the first practical plane.

Meanwhile, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz separately built internal combustion engines that led to the development of the modern petrol-powered car. Their work was pioneering, and eventually they joined their respective companies together to form what is now known as Mercedes-Benz. Despite working so closely together, the two never actually met!

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By Victoria McDonnell

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