Steve Jobs is No. 1 entrepreneurial idol, says Cox Business survey
Who are our favorite entrepreneurs? Cox Business recently polled 605 U.S. small business owners to find out. Their responses were a posthumous nod to three men who shaped their generations with innovative thinking. (They would also make fascinating dinner-party guests.)
1. Steve Jobs (21 percent)
Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple, Jobs wasn't just a computer visionary who oversaw the creation of the iMac, iTunes and other cool products; he also helped start Pixar Animation Studios.
2. Benjamin Franklin (17 percent)
A Renaissance man, Franklin was a printer, politician, philosopher, economist and scientist, to name a few of his pursuits. Best known as an inventor, he created the lightning rod, bifocals, Franklin stove and the odometer.
3. Walt Disney (15 percent)
He gave us Mickey Mouse, theme parks and classic animated movies that continue to enchant young and old.
Read more results from the Cox Business inaugural small business survey here.