Bernie Sanders tops Time’s poll of 100 most influential people

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 22:07 IST
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders topped the Time’s poll for 100 most influential people. (AFP file)

Bernie Sanders has now beaten Democratic frontrunner presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a reader’s poll for a place on Time’s list of 100 most influential people.

Sanders topped the poll that closed on Thursday beating not only Clinton, who finished a distant 25th, but also President Barack Obama, singer Lady Gaga and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra gathered the most votes among Indians on the list, which included Prime Minister Narendra Modi and tennis player Sania Mirza.

The group of those of India-descent was a bit longer with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, comedian Aziz Ansari and governor Nikki Haley.

Pakistan activist and Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai finished in top five with President Obama, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and a South Korean band Big Bang.

TIME had asked readers in an online poll on who they believed were the 100 most influential people in world. The final selection will be made by TIME editors for publication next week.

Sanders’ insurgent campaign has attracted worldwide attention and his support-base of largely young college-going students has been particularly active online and social media.

Though Sanders trails Clinton in the count of delegates, who will determine the party nominee, 1,038 to 1,289, he has surprised pundits lasting so long in a race that many expected to be over long ago.

He is not expected to win, but he is no giving up either, raising millions through small online donations and fathering more supporters after every small or big win.

Republican candidates for the nomination also figured in the list, but way down with frontrunner Donald Trump doing best among them, followed by John Kasich and Ted Cruz, in that order.

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