Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar are among the 100 most ‘obsessed-over people’ on the web, according to a list compiled by Time magazine. Even though the cricketer retired last year from international cricket, his popularity among the masses still seems intact.
The list is topped by former US president George Bush who has a score of 65.6 points. His successor President Barack Obama comes in at the second spot with 45.3 points. Tendulkar is ranked 68th on the list and has 23.98 points. Khan, however, comes in at the penultimate rank of 99 with a low score of 22.07. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is one rank above Shahrukh with 22.08 points, reported the Deccan Chronicle.
The list was compiled drawing parallels from the magazine’s annual 100 most influential people in the world list. They collected data about all the global leaders and celebrities online and from their Wikipedia pages. Factors that influenced the rankings were the number of links to other Wikipedia pages, number of external links, number of categories the person is in, total number of revisions to the page, number of unique individuals who have edited the page and number of anonymous edits.
The other noted sports personalities in the list are Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic at 61 and Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher at 77, who has been in a medically-induced coma since December 29, when he suffered brain injuries while skiing in the French Alps.
The list also includes singer Madonna, who secured the number three spot followed by Beyonce on number four, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at number 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin at number 27, Pope Francis at number 70 and talk show host Oprah Winfrey at number 95.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2014.
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