In the late summer of 2006,
AskMen.com asked readers to submit nominations for the best representatives of the male gender.
"More than 15,000 nominations flooded in, and plenty of supporting explanations with them. And while we managed to hone the nominees down to a final list of 100, refining the defining criteria proved much more difficult. After all, how does one summarize the accomplishments and influence of one man, let alone 49, with a mere few traits?
"In the end, we decided to let the list speak for itself. The Top 49 Men of 2006 is the product of more than one million votes cast by AskMen.com readers, and every guy on it possesses some quality, characteristic or virtue that we men prize and strive to cultivate in ourselves."AskMen.com'sTop 10 (world)See the entire list of 49 here.
1. Actor George Clooney
2. Rap mogul and artist Jay-Z
3. Entrepreneur Richard Branson
4. Cyclist Lance Armstrong
5. Fashion designer Tom Ford
6. Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer
7. Actor Johnny Depp
8. Soccer star David Beckham
9. Real estate mogul Jorge Perez
10. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton
It's a fine list, although I am unfamiliar with some of the names. Viewing the list set me to thinking of names I would put on a list. Would my list be filled with scientists, entrepreneurs, athletes and actors... the rich and famous? Many would qualify.
So, here's my take, a bottom 10 list. I limited the list to US citizens. Many are associated with politics and government because I believe that our legal and political systems are all that stand between us and chaos.
My Bottom 10 (US only)
1. George W. Bush
2. Dick Cheney
3. Alberto Gonzales
4. Antonin Scalia
5. Carl Rove
6. James Dobson
7. Jerry Falwell
8. Sam Brownback
9. Henry Kissinger
10. (Tie) Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter