37-year-old CBS News President David Rhodes and 35-year-old CNN anchor Erin Burnett have made Fortune’s annual “40 Under 40” list. Rhodes comes in at #17. And here’s a tip: if you want to get on his good-side, have a sense of humor.
Pet peeve: Humorlessness. “All day long you meet people who take themselves too seriously. Humor is how reasonable people cope.”
Insiders tell us Rhodes got congratulatory emails from CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager this morning.
Burnett, the former CNBC anchor, comes in at #33 (CNN and Fortune are both owned by TimeWarner):
She still has her eye on the markets but plans to also cover global stories. “I think America has a higher tolerance for international news than the industry has assumed,” she says.
The list is topped by the obvious names: 28-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at #1 and Google co-founder Larry Page, 38, comes in at #2. Google’s other co-founder, 38-year-old Sergey Brin comes in at #11.