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Sonia Gandhi, Ratan Tata among finalists for Time's 2009 list

india Updated: Mar 31, 2009 21:40 IST

India's Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and industrialists Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani are among the finalists for Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2009 that also includes US President Barack Obama.

The first African-American President of the US is currently ranked 13th, while the top position is held by a person who goes by the name 'Moot', the founder of 4chan.Org, a website for posting images and discussions anonymously.

Gandhi, who is leading the ruling Congress party's bid for a re-election in the coming Parliamentary polls, is ranked 43 -- ahead of Tata (102), the maker of the world's cheapest car Nano and Ambani (169), who the publication referred to as 'petrol prince.'The 203 finalists include seven people of Indian origin.

The four others are are cola-queen Indra Nooyi of Pepsico, movie moghul Ronnie Screwvala of UTV, public face for Washington's Troubled Asset Relief Programme Neel Kashkari, and Harvard-eductated management consultant Ram Charan.

Besides, Slumdog Millionaire-fame British filmmaker Danny Boyle, who hit the headlines with the Oscar-winning movie shot in Mumbai slums, is also among the finalists.

Time would publish the final list later in the year.

In a continuing online poll on Time's website, Screwvala is currently top-ranked among Indians at 33rd overall place, Nooyi is at 89, Kashkari 187 and Charan 193.

Mukesh has been named alongside six other persons of Indian origin -- political leader Sonia Gandhi, industrialist Ratan Tata, global cola giant PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi, Bollywood movie moghul Ronnie Screwvala, high profile Fortune 500 management consultant Ram Charan and US government's Troubled Asset Relief Programme superviser Neel Kashkari.

While Tata, Gandhi and Nooyi have previously made to the annual list of 100 most influential in the world, Mukesh has never made it here.

Time would publish the annual list of 100 Most Influential in the world later this year.

Among those from outside India, the prominent names in the list include Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, Sarah Palin, Gordon Brown, Asif Ali Zardari, Ashfaq Kayani, Dalai Lama, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, Ben Bernanke, Tony Blair and Angela Merkel.

Besides, high-profile businessmen like Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helu, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs, Jeff Immelt and Michael Bloomberg are also among the finalists.

There are also celebrities from TV, entertainment and sports such as Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwazznenger, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Kate Winslet, Rafael Nadal, George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Jay Leno.