Jonathan Ive

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown denied Steve Jobs an honorary knighthood in 2009, as reported in the Daily Mail. Still, Apple (AAPL) won royal recognition last week, when Design Chief Jonathan Ive was knighted for contributions to design and enterprise. Compared with the work of such knightly predecessors as actor Sean Connery, who played James Bond, Ive's job as a designer might not be that sexy. Measured against some others, including business figures, that have been honored, he's a veritable Galahad.

 
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