The Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll

The Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll was conducted in November 2005 and June 2008 by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (US) on the basis of responding readers’ ballot. The objective was to determine the 100 most important public intellectuals that are still alive and active in public life. The following appeared on the 2008 list:

1.         Fethullah Gulen

2.         Muhammad Yunus

3.         Yusuf al-Qaradawi

4.         Orhan Pamuk

5.         Aitzaz Ahsan

6.         Amr Khaled

7.         Abdolkarim Soroush

8.         Tariq Ramadan

9.         Mahmood Mamdani

10.       Shirin Ebadi

11.       Noam Chomsky

12.       Al Gore

13.       Bernard Lewis

14.       Umberto Eco

15.       Ayaan Hirsi Ali

16.       Amartya Sen

17.       Fareed Zakaria

18.       Garry Kasparov

19.       Richard Dawkins

20.       Mario Vargas Llosa

21.       Lee Smolin

22.       Jürgen Habermas

23.       Salman Rushdie

24.       Sari Nusseibeh

25.       Slavoj Žižek

26.       Václav Havel

27.       Christopher Hitchens

28.       Samuel Huntington

29.       Peter Singer

30.       Paul Krugman

31.       Jared Diamond

32.       Pope Benedict XVI

33.       Fan Gang

34.       Michael Ignatieff

35.       Fernando Henrique Cardoso

36.       Lilia Shevtsova

37.       Charles Taylor

38.       Martin Wolf

39.       E.O. Wilson

40.       Thomas Friedman

41.       Bjørn Lomborg

42.       Daniel Dennett

43.       Francis Fukuyama

44.       Ramachandra Guha

45.       Tony Judt

46.       Steven Levitt

47.       Nouriel Roubini

48.       Jeffrey Sachs

49.       Wang Hui

50.       V.S. Ramachandran

51.       Drew Gilpin Faust

52.       Lawrence Lessig

53.       J.M. Coetzee

54.       Fernando Savater

55.       Wole Soyinka

56.       Yan Xuetong

57.       Steven Pinker

58.       Alma Guillermoprieto

59.       Sunita Narain

60.       Anies Baswedan

61.       Michael Walzer

62.       Niall Ferguson

63.       George Ayittey

64.       Ashis Nandy

65.       David Petraeus

66.       Olivier Roy

67.       Lawrence Summers

68.       Martha Nussbaum

69.       Robert Kagan

70.       James Lovelock

71.       J. Craig Venter

72.       Amos Oz

73.       Samantha Power

74.       Lee Kuan Yew

75.       Hu Shuli

76.       Kwame Anthony Appiah

77.       Malcolm Gladwell

78.       Alexander de Waal

79.       Gianni Riotta

80.       Daniel Barenboim

81.       Therese Delpech

82.       William Easterly

83.       Minxin Pei

84.       Richard Posner

85.       Ivan Krastev

86.       Enrique Krauze

87.       Anne Applebaum

88.       Rem Koolhaas

89.       Jacques Attali

90.       Paul Collier

91.       Esther Duflo

92.       Michael Spence

93.       Robert Putnam

94.       Harold Varmus

95.       Howard Gardner

96.       Daniel Kahneman

97.       Yegor Gaidar

98.       Neil Gershenfeld

99.       Alain Finkielkraut

100.     Ian Buruma

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