Who are the 100 most creative people in business?

Their numbers include celebrities, social media innovators, and the guy behind Angry Birds.

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You want creativity in business? Start with the head of Al Jazeera, and work your way down to the CEO of the Finnish firm responsible for Angry Birds (yes, he’s the one).

They’re all on Fast Company‘s list of the 100 most creative people in business in 2011.

Along the way you’ll meet people like Conan O’Brien (at No. 8) and Tony Hsieh (29), author of “Delivering Happiness” and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc., which The New Yorker has called America’s leading online shoe retailer.

Al Jazeera’s Wadah Khanfar stands at No. 1. He’s followed closely by Apple’s Scott Forstall, described as “the chief architect of iOS, the industry-defining operating system that runs on more than 160 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods.”

The names include Tina Fey (39) and Sebastian Thrun (5), robotic car designer and distinguished software engineer at Google. The Huffington Post‘s Arianna Huffington checks in at No. 10, ahead of Oprah Winfrey (12).

Quora, the community Q-and-A site, makes the list with Rebekah Cox, “product designer and manager—and employee No. 1.” She’s listed at 35.

“Quora’s goal is to pull knowledge out of people’s heads and share it,” she says.

Sounds painful. But apparently it’s also a recipe for business success.

And as for Angry Birds: blame Mikael Hed, CEO of the Finnish firm Rovio. Fast Company reports, “Hed is now using the game’s success—more than 100 million downloads and counting—to launch an entertainment empire.”

Topics: PR


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