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Jonathan Ive among the most influential British characters of the year

The "Culture Newsmakers Of The Year" survey is active on the BBC News website. The aim is to "elect" the most influential personalities of British culture for 2002.

The survey features figures such as Julie Burchill (columnist specializing in English politics), Paul Dirac (among the first to support the existence of anti-matter, indirectly inspired the development of computers, cell phones and other products of modern life), Ian Fleming (not only the inventor of James Bond), Lord Norman Foster (among other things designer of the Millennium Bridge in London), Wayne Hemingway (fashion designer), Damien Hirst (artist much discussed for some of his statements on the facts of the September 11), Mike Leigh (TV "provocateur"), Tom Paulin (BBC columnist and polemic poet), Andre Previn (violinist), Leni Riefenstahl (director), Charles Saatchi (London gallerist), David Starkey (highest paid journalist British television), Sarah Waters (bestselling writer.

A long section of the Mac world also appears in this long gallery thanks to the inclusion of Jonathan Ive.

Ive, as Macintosh users well know, at the head of Apple's style center, one of the flagships of the Cupertinos. He is responsible for practically all Mac products from the iMac CRT onwards, up to the most recent iMac LCD. Ive a very popular figure, so much so that it now appears constantly next to the new Mac products for official photos. He is also certainly the best known character, after Steve Jobs, in the Apple world.

BBC defines Ive as Apple's Armani, as a designer who has always dreamed of designing cars but will be remembered as the one who said "beige, no thanks" while designing the fantastic line of the iMac. Ive studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and then began his career designing bathrooms in a small studio in Chigwell, north London. Eight years ago, then thirty, he moved to Silicon Valley.