Jonathan “Jony” Ive is one of the most powerful employees at Apple. He is the SVP of Industrial Design and has been credited for being the lead designer of the iMac, G4, G4 Cube, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Ive was born in Chingford, London in 1967 and studied Industrial Design at Northumbria University. According to the BBC, Ive has been granted knighthood in the United Kingdom in the New Year Honours List giving him the official title of Sir Jonathan Ive. Ive’s official title is a Knight Commander of the British Empire.
Ive gives credit to the United Kingdom for his design accomplishments. Jonathan Ive’s late mentor Steve Jobs was close to being knighted himself. However Jobs’ “sir” title ended up being blocked at the last minute by Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown since the Apple co-founder refused to speak at an event. In 2003, Ive was awarded Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.