Apple Chief Executive> Steve Jobs is your SmartMoney Person of the Decade.
A full 30% of SmartMoney readers participating in our Person of the Decade poll, part of our weeklong Poll of the Decade series, named Jobs as their favorite person of the decade. Certainly, Jobs accomplished more than probably any other CEO since he returned to Apple (AAPL)
Second place fell to value investor Warren Buffett, with 17% of the vote. Faith in the Oracle of Omaha definitely paid off for investors holding shares of Buffett s pricey Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)
Thirteen percent of readers voted Ben Bernanke as Person of the Decade placing the Federal Reserve chairman surprisingly ahead of Google (GOOG)
A total of 9% believed Microsoft (MSFT)
A smaller slice of readers turned to economists for their Person of the Decade. In all, 7% picked the late Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, who died in 2006. A tiny 5% of readers voted for Nouriel Roubini, the nay-saying economist and NYU professor dubbed Dr. Doom for his dire predictions before the economic crisis hit. And just 2% of readers thought Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz, another Nobel Prize winning economist, deserved top honors.
SmartMoney readers were pretty unenthusiastic when it came to notable investors Bill Gross and Bill Miller. Only 4% of voters picked Gross, the billionaire financier, as the Person of the Decade. And a mere 1% thought investor Miller, the famous Legg Mason value investor, should take the prize, despite the fact that his investments are on the rise. Miller's flagship Legg Mason Value Trust (LMVTX)