The special award was created to mark the 15th anniversary of the Global Mobile Awards and “reflects the contributions of individuals, established names, new thinkers, and rising starts, across the global industry and leaders of other industries that have contributed to the growth and convergence of mobile during the last year”.
Stephen Fry accepted the award on Jobs’ behalf. He referred to Apple as “the elephant in the room” and that he admired “Apple’s success insomuch as it inspires others. It causes the whole ecosphere to adapt, adopt, and excel.”
Others in the running (all at the event):
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Google Inc.
Co-CEO, Research In Motion