Google co-founders Page and Brin have been jointly ranked 20th in this list--an authoritative guide to the most powerful players in Britain's media industry that is published each year by The Guardian newspaper. This makes the duo the most important figures on the British new-media landscape, at least in the eyes of the jury who draw up the list, thanks to the dominance of their search engine.
Gates didn't even make the list, a snub that marks the end of a three-year slide for the Microsoft chairman. In 2001, he was ranked second only to Rupert Murdoch. From this pinnacle, he dropped to 10th in 2002, slipping another two places to 12th in 2003.
However the site does require free registration to view it. The list is mainly made up of British press barons, advertising excutives, television executives, television presenters and government regulators.
People outside the UK would probably only know of a handful of the people on the list. Even so most British would probably only know of half the people on the list unless they work in media.
The zdnet article is a bit vague as Belle de Jour did not make the list but was under consideration. Bill Gates made the 2003 list put seems to have dropped of it this year.
I thought 90% of PC are running windows and maybe not even half of those use Google. =.= Plus Bill owns TV station, magazine, internet new portal, and so many more.
Not to mention that since Google says it relies on an algorithm and uses its common carrier status to protect itself from liability, how could they have any *influence* beyond what they enable others to do with their products?