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The 100 Bestest Global Thinkers

The Foreign Policy magazine ranking of the top 100 Global Thinkers just came out. The rankings can be a bit mysterious, like college football rankings that confuse Texas Christian University with a real football team.

I myself had a two-year run in the top 100 for still unexplained reasons. Alas, a late-season loss to Collier State University doomed my chances this year. I wouldn’t mind as much if there were not way too many politicians and high ranking government officials this year, few of whom have previously been suspected of Thinking.

On the bright side, wonderful development-connected economists have been added this year: Carmen Reinhart, Ken Rogoff, Raghu Rajan, Paul Romer, Sendhil Mulanaithan, Daron Acemoglu (and Esther Duflo and Nouriel Roubini repeated from last year).

Please suggest your own favorite thinkers from this year’s 100. And of course, this being Aid Watch, feel free to volunteer any least favorites.

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11 Comments

  1. Jacob wrote:

    It’s nice to see that Ms. Duflo was bumped up 3 places; this year she wrote no fewer than six academic papers and gave one of the best TED talks I’ve ever seen (which featured one Bill Easterly, btw).

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink
  2. Sean Murphy wrote:

    Great to see pioneering African women like Ory Okolloh and Unity Dow included on the list.
    I know their gender should be irrelevant, but it seems that FP failed to find any “thinking Sub-Saharan African males” worthy of inclusion.

    Yes, yes I see that Kwame Anthony Appiah is on there, but he was born in the UK.

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:49 am | Permalink
  3. Joe wrote:

    Steve Jobs?? This year?!

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink
  4. Ehui wrote:

    I am happy to see a few well deserving Africans on the list this year as well. Rosa Whitaker is a surprise….

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  5. Silvia wrote:

    He got a hair cut and a job since the last time I saw him, but…Nouriel Roubini? what is this self-promoting mediocrity’s claim to fame?

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  6. fundamentalist wrote:

    I nominate Peter Boettke and a slew of Austrian economists. As for politicians, the only one who should appear on the list is Ron Paul. In football, there is only Bill Belichik.

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  7. fundamentalist wrote:

    The list is heavily skewed to the left with a few token conservatives thrown in. Just what I would expect from this group.

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink
  8. MattW wrote:

    Out of 120 people on the list, 22 are economists, and another 6 work in economics heavy fields (e.g. Christine Lagarde, Martin Wolf). So 23%, not bad. Is 23% of the world run by economists?

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  9. ewaffle wrote:

    Thomas Friedman is not in the top 100 of anything. Whatever the method the editors used Friedman’s inclusion shows it is fundamentally flawed.

    Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  10. CBBB wrote:

    Why are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates at the top? Because they’re rich? Are these guys REALLY that great thinkers?

    Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  11. Jeb wrote:

    Is Alvin Toffler on the list? I read somewhere that he predicted recently that in the future, people will work from their homes…amazing

    Posted December 3, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

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