Wael Ghonim leads today the list of 100 most influential people of 2011 in Time magazine. The Google executive in the Middle East and hero of the Egyptian revolution earlier this year stood out among Dilma Roussef and Michel Obama.
Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian political, said to the media: “Wael Ghonim embodies the youth who constitute the majority of Egyptian society. (…) But he realized that social networks, particularly Facebook was the most powerful tool to develop ideas and move people (…) and helped launch an extraordinary peaceful revolution that led to the departure of Hosni Mubarak and the end of his regime.”
In the second position in this list there is the American economist and Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, preceding him there is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social network Facebook which is ranked number six. The founder of the website WikiLeaks Julian Assange, who appears in ninth place while Oscar winner for Best Actor 2011 for the film “The King’s Speech” (The king’s speech), Colin Firth, was placed Number 12.
Argentinean soccer star, Lionel Messi is number 87, the USA first lady Michelle Obama is in position 22, and the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in 43.
Source: El Comercio Newspaper