FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

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The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers list is conducted by Foreign Policy magazine on the basis of responding readers' ballot (and requires registration to view their recent lists). The first two lists were conducted in November 2005 and June 2008 by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (US) jointly. The objective was to determine the 100 most important public intellectuals who are still alive and active in public life. The "Global Thinkers" who make it on the list have apparently no saying against being listed. The "Global Thinkers" are apparently invited to FP's Annual Global Thinkers Reception in Georgetown, Washington D.C., where they receive an award documenting their status. This has been at least so for the 2014 list.

2005 list[edit]

The following appeared on the original 2005 list.[1]


According to location of birth, roughly 40% of those listed came from the United States and Canada, 25% from Europe, and 22% from the Middle and Far East. Other locations received less than 5%—Latin America with 4 and Africa and Australia with 3. Only 8% are women.


As happens with many free Internet polls, this one may have been affected by organized voting campaigns and biases introduced by the nationality and language of the organizer.[2]

2008 list[edit]

The following appeared on the 2008 list.[1]


Prospect itself placed an editorial explaining its surprise that the top 10 in the 2008 list were from Muslim background, and noted the sudden surge in votes in their favor after Zaman internationally published an article notifying the Gulen community of the ongoing poll.[3]

2009 list[edit]

(Registration may be required view this list.)

2010 list[edit]

The following appeared on the 2010 list.[4]

  1. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates
  2. Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Zhou Xiaochuan
  5. Ben Bernanke
  6. Celso Amorim
  7. Ahmet Davutoglu
  8. David Petraeus
  9. Robert Gates
  10. Angela Merkel
  11. Michael Bloomberg and Feisal Abdul Rauf
  12. Nouriel Roubini
  13. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
  14. Steven Chu
  15. George Soros
  16. Liu Xiaobo
  17. Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs
  18. Shivshankar Menon
  19. Ron Paul
  20. Mohamed ElBaradei
  21. Sergey Brin and Larry Page
  22. Christine Lagarde
  23. Salam Fayyad
  24. Elizabeth Warren
  25. Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William Perry, and George Shultz
  26. Paul Krugman and Raghuram Rajan
  27. Fareed Zakaria
  28. Shai Agassi
  29. Paul Collier
  30. Joseph Stiglitz
  31. David Cameron
  32. Cécile Duflot, Monica Frassoni, Renate Künast, Marina Silva
  33. Thomas Friedman
  34. John Kerry and Richard Lugar
  35. Paul Farmer
  36. Michelle Bachelet
  37. Martin Wolf
  38. Esther Duflo
  39. Mohamed Nasheed
  40. Abdolkarim Soroush
  41. Mehdi Karroubi
  42. Agnes Klingshirn and Peter Scott
  43. Nandan Nilekani
  44. Zheng Bijian
  45. Mohamed El-Erian
  46. Kwame Anthony Appiah
  47. Jacques Attali
  48. Robert Shiller
  49. Vaclav Smil
  50. Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart
  51. Ahmed Rashid
  52. Mo Ibrahim
  53. Miles Morland and Rosa Whitaker
  54. Paul Romer
  55. Christopher Hitchens
  56. John Bolton
  57. Nathan Myhrvold
  58. Sendhil Mullainathan and Richard Thaler
  59. Ory Okolloh
  60. Fan Gang
  61. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  62. Tariq Ramadan
  63. Vinod Khosla
  64. Mario Vargas Llosa
  65. Bjorn Lomborg
  66. Sabina Alkire
  67. Clay Shirky
  68. Malcolm Gladwell
  69. Steven Pinker
  70. John Arquilla
  71. Louise Arbour
  72. Atul Gawande
  73. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff
  74. Michèle Flournoy and Anne-Marie Slaughter
  75. Aung San Suu Kyi
  76. Richard Clarke
  77. Helene Gayle
  78. Lester Brown
  79. George Papandreou
  80. Niall Ferguson
  81. Ethan Zuckerman
  82. Hu Shuli
  83. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
  84. Kamal Kar
  85. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  86. Han Han
  87. Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned
  88. Daron Acemoglu
  89. David Grossman
  90. Martha Nussbaum
  91. Edwidge Danticat
  92. Kishore Mahbubani
  93. Malalai Joya
  94. Madeleine Albright
  95. Carl Bildt
  96. Bruce Ackerman
  97. Unity Dow
  98. Michael Mandelbaum
  99. Tarja Halonen
  100. Ian Buruma

2011–2014 lists[edit]

(Registration may be required view these lists.)

The list with names of the FP 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2014 was released on 17 November 2014 at 08:00 am EST and can be looked up on-line [5] or in the Issue 209 of Foreign Policy.[6] This press release was accompanied by the 3rd Annual Transformational Trends Policy Forum, hosted by the FP Group in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Washington, DC. on the 17 November 2014. The title of the Forum was "Transformational Trends - The Power of disruptive Thinking". The Forum included several panel discussions with participation of a hand picked U.S. and international audience of several hundred people, including many of the FP 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2014. 45 minutes of keynote remarks were delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry, who had come to the Four Seasons for that purpose .[7] The Forum was followed by the FP's Global Thinkers Reception at the Four Seasons, attended by several hundred representatives from various organisations, including about one third of the listed global thinkers. The reception was sponsored by Chevron.


  1. ^ a b "Intellectuals". Prospect magazine. 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Global public intellectuals poll November 2005, Prospect Magazine, No. 116
  3. ^ http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2008/07/howglentriumphed/
  4. ^ "The FP top 100 global thinkers". Prospect magazine. 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://globalthinkers.foreignpolicy.com The FP 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014
  6. ^ Foreign Policy 209, November/December 2014 (The 100 Leading global Thinkers - Our Annual Special Issue), page 5 (list) and pages 48-103 (biographies).
  7. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt/2014/11/234159.htm

Foreign Policy 209, November/December 2014 (The 100 Leading global Thinkers - Our Annual Special Issue), page 5 (list) and pages 48–103 (biographies).

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