TV stars Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel make AskMen Influencer list

Today, released their 7th annual Top 49 Most Influential Men.

Seth MacFarlane and Mtt Romney have something in common after all.

Yet despite this, a fictional character born of the late writer Ian Fleming's mind, James Bond, the suave distant Brit stud spy who is celebrating his 50th anniversary this month took the number 1 spot.

From the release:

The Top 49 Most Influential Men challenges AskMen’s readers to determine which male figures have made the biggest impact and, ultimately, shaped what it means to be a man of influence in 2012. Kanye West at No. 31 holds the new record as the only man to be named to the Top 49 for all seven years (George Clooney previously held this record but is missing from this year’s list).

Bond is joined by Usain Bolt, Bill Clinton, Seth MacFarlane, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to round out the top 5 positions on the 2012 list. According to AskMen editors, the results of this list illustrates a “new era” of men emerging with 27 out of the 49 nominees making the list for the very first time including Frank Ocean, Snoop Lion, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Fassbender, Tim Tebow, and Alec Baldwin.  Media makers including Michael Phelps, LeBron James, and Prince William also made the list.

With a presidential election coming up, voters elected Bill Clinton to the No. 3 position, Barack Obama to No. 11, and Mitt Romney to No. 24.

Another trend from this list is men in the public eye who recently “reinvented” themselves to adjust with the changing times. This includes: No. 1 James Bond who has transformed over a period of 50 years and 23 different movies; Snoop Lion who went from being one of the most celebrated rappers in history to becoming one of the most anticipated reggae artists; and Howard Stern who went from radio personality to TV personality this year.

Referring to recent conversations about the “end of men” James Bassil, Editor-in-chief of AskMen says: “Despite the regular reminders that our gender has reached its end, AskMen's Top 49 list offers up plenty of examples of men who have sustained success -- and others who found it anew through reinventing themselves, just as many of our readers have had to in recent years.” He continues, “Through 2012, Top 49 staples like Kanye West and Jose Mourinho have kept building on what they've always been good at, while new arrivals like Snoop Lion have yielded their influence through new paths. We're especially excited to see adventurers like Elon Musk and Felix Baumgartner on the final list -- bring on the new space age!”

The complete roster of this year’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012, including profiles of each honoree, can be found at

In order, the Top 49 are:

1.       James Bond

2.       Usain Bolt

3.       Bill Clinton

4.       Seth MacFarlane

5.       Joseph Gordon-Levitt

6.       Jimmy Kimmel

7.       Elon Musk

8.       Frank Ocean

9.       Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger

10.   Ryan Gosling

11.   Barack Obama

12.   Michael Phelps

13.   Christian Grey

14.   The replacement refs

15.   Christopher Nolan

16.   Liam Neeson

17.   Riad Al Assad

18.   Joss Whedon

19.   Peter Higgs

20.   Prince William

21.   Bryan Cranston

22.   Jay-Z

23.   Jeff Bezos

24.   Mitt Romney

25.   Neil deGrasse Tyson

26.   Billy Reid

27.   Michael Fassbender

28.   Quentin Tarantino

29.   Felix Baumgartner

30.   Jose Mourinho

31.   Kanye West

32.   Lebron James

33.   Andy Murray

34.   Drake

35.   Markus Persson

36.   Snoop Lion

37.   Howard Stern

38.   Neil Patrick Harris

39.   Psy

40.   Jonah Peretti

41.   James Cameron

42.   John Maynard Keynes

43.   Adam Driver

44.   Tim Tebow

45.   Gotye

46.   Harvey Weinstein

47.   Tony Horton

48.   Tom Hardy

49.   Alec Baldwin

Notably missing from this year’s list are George Clooney (ranked No. 14 in 2011) Tom Brady (ranked No. 15 in 2011), and Justin Timberlake (ranked No. 47 in 2011), while some returning honorees, such as Jimmy Kimmel, has experienced significant shifts in ranking, rising from No. 26 in 2008 to No. 6 in 2012. Seth MacFarlane also jumped from No. 27 in 2009 to No. 4 in 2012.

"It is an honor to be named one of AskMen's Top 49 Most Influential Men. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me,” remarks No. 2 Usain Bolt of his top position.

"If I'm really influential, I'd convince the owners of AskMen to buy me a new car. No? Damn. Thanks for the votes anyway,” says No. 21 Bryan Cranston.

"I'm honored, but it was not a goal of mine. I am happy to serve the cosmic curiosity that exists within us all. And, for some people, that needs to be reawakened. To the extent I do this, if I am counted among the 49 most influential, I'm happy to be there. Because that influence may help reawaken people to the splendor of the universe,” says No. 25 Neil deGrasse Tyson.

"Good looking for nominating me as one of tha 49 influential men. It's an honor and a pleasure to be in tha presence of fellow Ranked 1s in tha nation, ya dig?!?" says No. 36 Snoop Lion.

"I've spent 30 years developing ways to help people look and feel better through whole foods and regular exercise. I learned early on that variety, consistency, intensity, purpose and a plan were the foundation to getting fit and healthy and staying that way for a lifetime. It's a formula that is working for millions of people around the world. This recognition is a validation that my techniques change lives for the better. To be on this esteemed list of men is a true honor,” remarks No. 47 Tony Horton.



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