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Moot world's most influential; Sonia, Tata in top 100: Time

world Updated: Apr 27, 2009 20:16 IST

Pipping the likes of US President Barack Obama and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, founder of 4chan.Org, an online community, Christopher Poole, better known as Moot, has emerged as Time magazine's most influential person in the world.

Surprisingly, Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud is the fourth most influential person in the list of world's 100 most influential people.

Three Indians -- Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, movie mogul Ronnie Screwvala, the brain behind world's cheapest car Nano Ratan Tata -- also feature in the list.

Obama is ranked 37, while Dalai Lama is placed at 61st.

The website of Moot is popular for posting images and for online discussions.

Besides the three in top 100, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani (146), figures in the extended list of 203 influential people. Besides, the three India-origin people-- public face for Washington's Troubled Asset Relief Programme Neel Kashkari (162), cola queen Indra Nooyi (165) and Harvard-educated management consultant Ram Charan (169)-- also feature in the list.

The results of the Time's poll are published online.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has corned the second place in the top 100, followed by evangelist Rick Warren (3rd), and Internet search giant Google's Larry Brilliant (5).

Other prominent names in the league of 100 include Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim (7th), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (8th), Chinese President Hu Jintao (16th), British actress Kate Winslet (29), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (35th), former American President George W Bush (75th), Pope Benedict XVI (78th), alleged fraudster Bernie Madoff (82nd) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (86th).

When the poll for the influential people was progressing, Screwvala was ranked 33, Sonia 43, Nooyi 89, Tata 102, Ambani 169, Kashkari 187 and Charan 193.

"In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll, and new owner of the title world's most influential person, is Moot.

"The 21-year-old college student and founder of online community 4chan.Org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey," the magazine said in an accompanying report.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr at 20th place, pop singer Britney Spears (30th), California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (39th), Hollywood couple -- Angelina Jolie (44th) and Brad Pitt (45th), Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi (47th), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (54th) and Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal (60th ) also feature in the top 100.