These are the 1900s Equivalents of Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg


If you want to become the Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg of the future, it might help to look at the pioneers of the past.

Flight Operations Directorate instructor and engineer at NASA Robert Frost answered the question “Who were the equivalents to Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg in the early 1900s?” on Quora.

Here are the greats of the past that you should know:


John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan, whose legacy includes JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the United States today.

Morgan had the ability to turn struggling, near bankrupt companies into massively successful companies.  Like Jobs, he was shrewd, fiercely intelligent and committed to reality as he wished it to be.  At the same time, he saw himself as producing improvements to the world around him.”


Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and used the assembly line technique to mass produce affordable cars.

“Ford brought innovation to the design and assembly process of automobiles, lowering their costs to broaden the audience of potential customers.  Musk is attempting to do for the electric car and the rocket what Ford did with the Model T.”


David “The General” Sarnoff, led a telecommunications and consumer electronics empire through RCA and NBC.

“Sarnoff pioneered radio and television in America.  Like Zuckerberg, he found a way to reach the masses, giving them something that entertained them at no monetary cost, but made millions by connecting those masses to advertisers.”

Do you have the vision to be one of the greats of the 21st Century?

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