For people younger than about 50, it is hard to imagine what a tremendous effect Walt Disney (yes, he was a real person!) had on the world. He was the Steve Jobs of his era.
Today is the 110th anniversary of his birth. I’ve read the new biography of Steve Jobs (excellent book) as well as two biographies of Mr. Disney. If I had to choose, while they were both giants of their time, I would say Disney had the greater effect on the world.
When Kathleen and I took our family to Disneyland for the first time, I made sure we stopped at the statue of Walt and Mickey to make sure our children knew a little of the history of this remarkable man.
If you would like to learn more, there is an great article summing up his influence on business and the world here.