CWC Win propels Dhoni into World’s Influential People list!


Indian Cricket Captain, who bought home the Cricket World Cup Trophy back home after 28 years has become one of the most influential man in the world according to the Times 2011 list.

According to the list, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is more influential than even the American President Barack Obama. Dhoni ranked 52nd in the list while Barack Obama came in at 86th. Interestingly, Obama’s wife Michelle came in at 22nd position.


The list is topped by Wael Ghonim who started the entire Egyptian revolution, primarily on the net and went on to become a Google Executive now! Among other notable people, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, came in at 6th position, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at 9th and Ace Footballer Lionel Messi at 87th.

Most Influential Indians in the Times List

This year’s list has 5 Indians in it M.S. Dhoni (52nd), Mukesh Ambani (61st), V.S. Ramchandran (79th), Azeem Premji (88th) and Aruna Roy (89th).

2011 Rank Name
1 Wael Ghonim
2 Joseph Stiglitz
3 Reed Hastings
4 Amy Poehler
5 Geoffrey Canada
6 Mark Zuckerberg
7 Peter Vesterbacka
8 Angela Merkel
9 Julian Assange
10 Ron Bruder
11 Lamido Sanusi
12 Colin Firth
13 Amy Chua
14 Joe Biden
15 Jennifer Egan
16 Kim Clijsters
17 Ahmed Shuja Pasha
18 Aung San Suu Kyi
19 Cory Booker
20 Gabrielle Giffords
21 Katsunobu Sakurai
22 Michelle Obama
23 Paul Ryan
24 Ai Weiwei
25 Rob Bell
26 Fathi Terbil
27 Dilma Rousseff
28 Tom Ford
29 Liang Guanglie
30 Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
31 Takeshi Kanno
32 Nicolas Sarkozy
33 Michele Bachmann
34 Saad Mohseni
35 Chris Christie
36 Matthew Weiner
37 Lisa Jackson
38 Jean-Claude Trichet
39 Justin Bieber
40 Prince William and Kate Middleton
41 Joe Scarborough
42 Blake Lively
43 Hillary Clinton
44 Muqtada al-Sadr
45 Anwar al-Awlaki
46 Kim Jong Un
47 Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
48 Hassan Nasrallah
49 Nathan Wolfe
50 Oprah Winfrey
51 Sergio Marchionne
52 Mahendra Singh Dhoni
53 Felisa Wolfe-Simon
54 Esther Duflo
55 Rain
56 Larry Page
57 Mia Wasikowska
58 David Cameron
59 John Lasseter
60 Maria Bashir
61 Mukesh Ambani
62 Chris Colfer
63 Major General Margaret Woodward
64 Bruno Mars
65 David and Charles Koch
66 Hung Huang
67 General David Petraeus
68 Matt Damon and Gary White
69 Cecile Richards
70 George R.R. Martin
71 Marine Le Pen
72 Grant Achatz
73 Feisal Abdul Rauf
74 El Général
75 Jamie Dimon
76 Heidi Murkoff
77 Sting
78 Jonathan Franzen
79 V.S. Ramachandran
80 Michelle Rhee
81 Mark Wahlberg
82 Rebecca Eaton
83 Xi Jinping
84 Kathy Giusti
85 Arianna Huffington
86 Barack Obama
87 Lionel Messi
88 Azim Premji
89 Aruna Roy
90 Ray Chambers
91 Scott Rudin
92 John Boehner
93 Derrick Rossi
94 Hu Shuli
95 Benjamin Netanyahu
96 Ayman Mohyeldin
97 Charles Chao
98 Bineta Diop
99 Dharma Master Cheng Yen
100 Patti Smith


So, what is your take on this Times most influential 100 people list ?

  1. Arnab Talukder says

    I think Sachin Tendulkar have to in the list.he is great batsman in the world now & ever.

  2. rama says

    dhoni is great captain there is no second thought. as a indian iam very proud of him. thank you dhoni making us such superier position.we love you.

  3. Pradeep says

    A little strange.. but then we got to trust them :)
    I mean how come Mrs Obama ranked above Mr. Prez??

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