Russell Brand named world’s fourth-most influential thinker. Who else is on the list?

Author of My Booky Wook and Revolution makes surprise entry

Noisy comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has been named the world’s fourth-most influential thinker after an extensive poll by current affairs magazine Prospect.

More than 3,000 people voted to narrow down the magazine’s 50-strong long-list to a top 10.

The French economist Thomas Piketty, author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, bagged the number one spot, followed by Greece’s characterful finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Anti-capitalist author Naomi Klein took third position, with Brand just behind.

In fact the entire top 10 (full list below), is made up of people who are usually considered to be on the left of the political spectrum.

Speaking about the results, Prospect editor, Bronwen Maddox, said: “This was voted for entirely by readers and does not represent Prospect’s views,” the Guardian reports.

Maddox continued: “Russell Brand has made an important contribution to conversation and ideas over the past year. We have an initial list of 50 people for readers to vote from and, given the platform Brand has been given on the BBC and the Guardian, we felt he should be included.

“It is a list that is very dependent on events over the past year, so it is not surprising, with the recent release of Revolution and all the conversation around it, that Brand appears on this list. But this was very much Thomas Piketty’s race – he was well beyond all the others in terms of votes.”

Brand enterprise

Brand is also making headlines today for his latest London-based enterprise. After successfully campaigning to help residents of the New Era Estate in Hackney keep their homes, he is now furnishing the estate with a café staffed entirely by recovering drug addicts.

The café, which opens today, is being run as a social enterprise and is being supported with funds from Brand’s latest book Revolution.

Propect’s top 10 most influential thinkers

1. Thomas Piketty, economist and author

2. Yanis Varoufakis, Greek finance minister

3. Naomi Klein, author

4. Russell Brand, comedian and activist

5. Paul Krugman, economist

6. Arundhati Roy, writer and political activist

7. Jurgen Habermas, philosopher

8. Daniel Kahneman, psychologist

9. John Gray, philosopher

10. Atul Gawande, surgeon and writer

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    It's a pity he doesn't think before he speaks then. They must have conducted this poll in a cave full of bats.

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