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Following the death of Steve Jobs, much has been written about the Apple co-founder’s impact on the world. But a new opinion piece from the Harvard Business Review makes the case that Bill Gates is the one to “idolize,” based on the impact that the Microsoft co-founder is having beyond his company and beyond business world, largely through his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In making the assessment, Harvard think tank member Maxwell Wessel quotes Gandhi’s famous line, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Wessel writes, “I don’t doubt that, in recent years, both Gates and Jobs did just that. Jobs made the world more beautiful and the billion of us with resources loved him for it. Gates is making the world ideal, and the billions of us with no voice will be forever impacted.”

Meanwhile, Forbes has named Gates the fifth most powerful person in the world in its annual ranking — ahead of the Pope (#7), Fed chairman Ben Bernanke (#8) and, yes, even Mark Zuckerberg (#9).

Also today, Gates issued a report to world leaders at the G20 Summit, urging them to devote more resources to the world’s poorest people and to think long-term in the face of the economic turmoil affecting many of their countries. Here’s a video of Gates talking about the report.

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