Markus ‘Notch’ Persson Currently Second Most Influential Person
Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is currently sitting in second position on the 2013 edition of the TIME 100 Poll, putting him ahead of the likes of Barack Obama, Kim Jong Un, Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé and controversial pop group Pussy Riot.
In fact, the only person beating the Minecraft creator is Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who attracted significant international attention after rising to power last year by decreeing his actions were immune from legal challenges (this has since been annulled).
Interestingly though, Morsi is only beating Notch in terms of “Absolutely” votes; the Egyptian currently has 172,770 to Notch’s 155,658. If you work out the net difference after subtracting the “No Way” votes though, Notch is actually currently sitting in first place with +137,352.
With the final decisions on just who is the most influential person in the world set to be made by TIME editors consulting the poll’s results next week, it’s not impossible that TIME may decree a video game developer has had the biggest influence on the world this year.
What do you reckon? Is Notch truly the most influential person in the world (he was our Games Person of 2011), or are some other people on the list being woefully overlooked? Let us know what you think below.
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