AskMen.com—the world's largest lifestyle portal for men with more than 11 million visitors monthly— has revealed its highly anticipated 4th annual reader-voted list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009.
The list assembles a diverse collection of men from around the world and from a variety of industries including entertainment, politics, technology, and sports. All the honorees had a direct effect on the way men see the world, and notably in 2009, many reflect classic values that are most meaningful to the male identity today.
"In a turbulent 2009, men are seeking the stability of tradition in the masculine qualities that they imagine their fathers and grandfathers to have had," says James Bassil, Editor-in-Chief of AskMen.com. "The character of Don Draper brings all these traits together, and in doing so speaks directly to the modern man. He's a man whose time has come."
Others on the list embody a host of classic qualities; Usain Bolt as the personification of competitive and athletic ability, President Barack Obama as the male portrait of classic statesmanship, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs as pillars of entrepreneurial spirit and determination.
"I have received a lot of awards over the last 10 years, but to be voted by the fans as one of the most influential men on AskMen.com is truly an honor. Thank you all very much for your votes and support." - #10 Dana White, President UFC
"It is an honor to be named one of the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009. I would like to thank all the AskMen.com readers for voting for me." - #33 Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
"I am truly honored to be in such an illustrious group and feel particularly proud to represent the diverse and hard working restaurant and hospitality industry. AskMen.com's avid readers seem to have their fingers on the pulse." - #46 Mario Batali, Chef and Restaurateur