Is Kanye West Really The Next Steve Jobs?

Meet his competition, from Marissa Mayer to Neil Young (really)

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In a far-reaching interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday, Kanye West said, "I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means." The recording artist continued: "I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump." But can the rap superstar really inherit the mantle of the man who dreamed up Apple?

In this highly scientific study, Rolling Stone takes a hard look at some of the other top contenders to the "next Steve Jobs" title. Consider our finalists, then nominate your own candidates in the comments section below.

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KANYE WEST
Hip-hop star, fashion entrepreneur, provocateur extraordinaire
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: Tastemaker; strong-willed; revolutionized hip-hop
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: Less direct effect on the daily, hour-by-hour lives of Earth's millions of inhabitants than the inventor of the iPhone
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 100:1

TIM COOK
CEO, Apple, Inc.
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: Jobs' handpicked successor at Apple; has overseen enormous profits and continued dominance of the smartphone and tablet markets since Jobs' death in 2011
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: Little evidence, so far, of Jobs' creative spark
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 40:1

LENA DUNHAM
Actress, writer, Rolling Stone cover subject
Reasons why she might be the next Steve Jobs: The voice of her generation (or, at least, "a voice of a generation"); strong Twitter presence
Reasons why she might not be the next Steve Jobs: Prefers Brooklyn to northern California; rarely if ever wears turtlenecks
Odds she is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 150:1

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JONATHAN IVE
Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Apple, Inc.
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: The creative force behind the MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad has taken on larger role since Jobs' death, most recently in the development of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS7
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: Has yet to design a breakthrough product since Jobs' death
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 10:1

NEIL YOUNG
Singer-songwriter, audio entrepreneur
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: Influential rock star; sweet falsetto voice; developing Pono, a super-high-quality music service
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: Worrisome investment history (Young was part owner of toy train manufacturer Lionel, LLC; in 2008, after the company emerged from bankruptcy, his shares were wiped out)
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 1,000,000: 1

MARK ZUCKERBERG
Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Inc.
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: Started a social network that's kind of a big deal; has his own signature business-casual look (hoodie, sweatpants, Adidas)
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: Led Facebook's long-anticipated – but ultimately botched – initial public offering
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 7:2

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ASHTON KUTCHER
Actor, producer, Steve Jobs look-alike
Reasons why he might be the next Steve Jobs: First Twitter user to exceed 1,000,000 followers; impressive web 2.0 investment portfolio (Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com); stars as the titular character in Jobs, a 2013 biopic that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
Reasons why he might not be the next Steve Jobs: He's on Two and a Half Men
Odds he is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 2,500:1

MARISSA MAYER
President and CEO, Yahoo!
Reasons why she might be the next Steve Jobs: Tech-world superstar; just bought Tumblr
Reasons why she might not be the next Steve Jobs: Sits on the Walmart board of directors. Nothing is less cool than Walmart
Odds she is, in fact, the next Steve Jobs: 500:1