Apple’s design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has officially been voted British Visionary Innovator for 2012 in a contest held by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office for World IP Day. Ive took in 46.6 percent of votes, beating out Richard Branson, Tim Berners-Lee, JK Rowling, and dozens of other nominations:

Sir Jonathan Ive – Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc.

After a week of voting, you have chosen Sir Jonathan Ive as your favourite British Visionary Innovator for 2012. He received 46.6% of your votes, making him the clear favourite amongst a list of other hugely talented, creative and innovative people.

Background

Sir Jonathan Ive was born in Chingford, London in 1967. A graduate of Newcastle Polytechnic, Ive showed a flair for Industrial Design which led him to work for Apple briefly in 1992, and then as a permanent fixture with Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs in 1997.

Over the past 15 years, Ive has designed some of the most popular electronic products of all time, which have now reached iconic status. These include iMac, Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and of course, the iPod.

Some of the accolades that he has had bestowed upon him include ‘Most Influential Person on British Culture’ (BBC), ‘Inventor of the decade’ (Guardian), and he was knighted in 2012.

Finally, today, you have voted him as your favourite British Visionary Innovator