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American Jewish comedian Jon Stewart is the most influential man of 2010, according to a poll released Wednesday by AskMen.com, an American online magazine.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, were in the second and third places.
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About 500,000 people voted in the poll that put the Jewish- American host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in the top spot, but they ranked US President Barack Obama at only 21.
Stewart will be hosting Obama on his influential “fake news” show later this week. During the 2008 presidential race, his show featured appearances by Obama, current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Sen. John McCain.
The Daily Show has as many viewers as news shows on major networks.
Although he is squarely pro- Israel, Stewart has been criticized by right-wing Jews for the “leftist bias” in his coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
At least eight of the 49 men on the list are Jewish, including author Jonathan Franzen, designer Marc Jacobs, rapper Drake, Andy Rubin, inventor of the Google Android platform, as well as Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and actor James Franco.
“These are the men history will remember as having defined 2010,” AskMen.com wrote on its website. “More importantly, they’re the men who inspire the rest of us to become Better Men.”