Elon Musk, Jason Collins and Bryan Cranston Take Top Honors on AskMen’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2013 List

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TV trumps the Big Screen as stars like Charlie Hunnam and Nick Offerman push Clooney & Pitt off the list for the first time. Tech moguls, political and religious leaders make their mark on 8th annual list.

“This year’s list shows just how powerful TV has become again – our readers chose more TV actors and hosts than ever before, highlighting their increasing influence on everyday lives, while bankable Hollywood names like Clooney and Depp are absent. "

Today, AskMen, the leading men’s lifestyle website with 17 million monthly readers, announced the results of their 8th annual Top 49 Most Influential Men, as determined by over 100,000 voters. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal, takes top honors on the list, followed by No. 2 Jason Collins who famously came out as the first publicly gay NBA star this year, and No. 3 Bryan Cranston, star of AMC’s wildly popular Breaking Bad. Kanye West at No. 41 is the only man to be named on the list all 8 years (however he fell from No. 31 in 2012). Jay-Z (No. 13) and LeBron James (No. 21) are right behind him with appearances spanning multiple lists.

2013 has proven to be the year that TV and “new” TV icons overshadowed film stars, with AMC’s Bryan Cranston (No.3), Netflix’s Reed Hastings (No. 8), FX’s Charlie Hunnam (No. 22), HBO’s Game of Thrones fictional villain Walder Frey (No. 40) and NBC’s Nick Offerman at No 42. The few film stars included on the list were Hugh Jackman at (No. 16) and crossover film stars such as Justin Timberlake (No. 12) and The Rock (No. 45), while Hollywood A-listers like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp were nowhere to be seen.

Additionally, with Jimmy Fallon set to take over a more prominent late-night position, he was voted to the No. 10 spot on this year’s list after being left off in 2012, but his rivals didn’t fare as well – Jimmy Kimmel made the list at No. 19, while there was no space for the night-time old guard of Conan, Leno, or Letterman.

Another trend: political and religious leaders made a big dent in this year’s top 49. Vladimir Putin outranked President Barack Obama No. 11 to No. 17, with Nelson Mandela taking the No. 5 spot and Hassan Rouhani coming in at No. 31. Pope Francis is also included in the list at No. 25 – which marks the first time a Pope has made it into AskMen's Most Influential Males.

James Bassil, Publisher of AskMen says:
“This year’s list shows just how powerful TV has become again – our readers chose more TV actors and hosts than ever before, highlighting their increasing influence on everyday lives, while bankable Hollywood names like Clooney and Depp are absent. "

The 2013 Edition of The Top 49 Men is brought to readers by Wild Turkey Bourbon and its bold new movement, #Nevertamed. Highlighted by 5 real-life stories of men and women who never follow the herd, trust in their instincts and push themselves to do the remarkable, Wild Turkey’s #Nevertamed is a perfect complement to AskMen’s list of visionaries and leaders who found success by staying true to their own passions and ideals.

The complete roster of this year’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2013, including profiles of each honoree, can be found at http://www.askmen.com. In order, the Top 49 are:

1.    Elon Musk
2.    Jason Collins
3.    Bryan Cranston
4.    Chris Hadfield
5.    Nelson Mandela
6.    Drake
7.    Robin Thicke
8.    Reed Hastings
9.    Peyton Manning
10.    Jimmy Fallon
11.    Vladimir Putin
12.    Justin Timberlake
13.    Jay Z
14.    Alexis Ohanian
15.    Sam & Dan Houser
16.    Hugh Jackman
17.    Barack Obama
18.    Sergey Brin
19.    Jimmy Kimmel
20.    Edward Snowden
21.    LeBron James
22.    Charlie Hunnam
23.    Howard Stern
24.    Floyd Mayweather
25.    Pope Francis
26.    Jon Jones
27.    Jonathan Ive
28.    David Karp
29.    Mark Cerny
30.    Satoshi Nakamoto
31.    Hassan Rouhani
32.    Andy Murray
33.    Kimi Raikkonen
34.    Garrett Camp
35.    Riccardo Tisci
36.    Sixto Rodriguez
37.    Riccardo Zacconi
38.    Christiano Ronaldo
39.    David Chang
40.    Walder Frey
41.    Kanye West
42.    Nick Offermann
43.    Josef Ajram
44.    Henrik Lundqvist
45.    The Rock
46.    Shane Smith
47.    Jamie Oliver
48.    Bre Pettis
49.    Daft Punk

To see exclusive videos, photos and comments from this year’s honorees, visit http://www.AskMen.com. Further coverage of the Top 49 Most Influential Men will also be available on AskMen’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


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