We will inevitably quibble over any list of this sort, but the truth is that the top 20 or so are indisputable. The order is arguable of course, but the names largely are not.
The major failing of this is not so much its undeniable Euro
-centrism, but its unwillingness to search for obscure (to a Western 20th century
audience) choices who actually changed the world in favor of feel-good
famous names like Florence Nightingale
who, while important, actually accomplished relatively little in millennial terms. Starting off with Suleman the Magnificent
got my hopes up, but they were quickly dashed. Where is, as TheLady
? Pope Urban II
? The Emperor Meiji
The selections of Bill Gates
and Stephen Spielberg
, who are not even the most accomplished or important names in their own fields, are absolutely inexcusable. Are they smoking crack
? Blatant pandering and asskissing
of the worst kind. I wonder how many Microsoft
got as a result. The people responsible should be sacked.