I love the description “most obsessed-over” — at first I thought I read self-obsessed, but then I realized the public is obsessed with these people — why them more than others? Regular people. The year of my barely surviving I should’ve been on that list for handling the onslaught of life with grace and humility. I mean if you track the gifts and leg ups of all these influencers, I would wager few are truly spectacular human beings, they just have a lot of cool shit on their CV.
Every April, TIME publishes a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, drawing on a year’s worth of headlines and the editorial judgment of editors from across the magazine. It’s an unapologetically subjective undertaking; there are no batting averages or on-base percentages when it comes to a slippery subject like influence.
I don’t have much to do with this list, but from the sidelines I got to wondering whether there was a quantitative way to produce something similar. Wikipedia was a logical place to start since it has both unprecedented breadth–there are over 600,000 living people on the site–and a remarkably consistent structure for each entry.
Based upon my research, here are the 100 most obsessed-over people on the web.
George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States
American politician, 44th President of the United States
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