Alexis Ohanian

Cofounder, Reddit

  • Fresh out of college in 2005, Alexis Ohanian started the social-news site Reddit with business partner Steve Huffman. A year later, Reddit was sold to Condé Nast; today it has 33 million monthly users and 2.6 billion monthly page views, according to Google Ad Planner. Ohanian, now 29, and Huffman have recently moved on to airfare site Hipmunk. Ohanian got attention this year agitating against the Stop Online Piracy Act, which critics say would stifle free speech. The bill was eventually shelved.

    Scoreboard:
    #3 in Personalities Combined score: 70.6

Mehmet Oz

Television Host

  • Dr. Oz is the second doctor of Oprah Winfrey’s most-favored guests to parlay that fame into an established television show (the other is Dr. Phil). Oz has had a few brushes with controversy, but it’s his ability to maintain relative legitimacy that has allowed his continued success. In 2010 and 2011, Oz won an Emmy for outstanding daytime talk-show host. His prowess for self-promotion has also led to six New York Times bestsellers and a 2009 National Magazine Award.

    Scoreboard:
    #9 in Personalities Combined score: 53.0

Lawrence Page

Cofounder, Google

  • "Don't be evil" is the motto around which Page and his cofounder Sergey Brin built the company that completely transformed Internet search. Consistently honored for spawning search-engine innovation, Page, 39, was named Google’s CEO last year. He’s reportedly been interested in math and science since he was a kid (“I really wanted to change the world,” he told Wired), and his time at Google has been marked by creative decisions that have changed the course of the company’s history. He is responsible for discovering Android, the mobile software startup that Google acquired, and has been integral to the pursuit of endeavors like Google Book Search and the self-driving car.

    Scoreboard:
    #2 in Visionaries Combined score: 92.2

Sean Parker

Managing Partner, The Founders Fund

  • When Sean Parker was a 16-year-old hacker, he was pulled out of a world civilization class at the request of the FBI. At 19, he helped cofound Napster, the music-sharing service that drove Metallica—not to mention the music industry—bananas. At 24, he joined Facebook as the fledgling social network’s first president. Along the way, the hard-working, hard-partying billionaire has also founded sites such as Plaxo and Causes, joined the Spotify board, become managing partner at The Founders Fund, and, just this month, rejoined Napster co-creator Shawn Fanning to launch their latest venture, Airtime.

    Scoreboard:
    #6 in Virologists Combined score: 57.4

Jonah Peretti

CEO, BuzzFeed

  • If it wasn't enough that Jonah Peretti founded Buzzfeed, the wildly popular viral-news aggregator, which boasts nearly 30 million page views a month, he’s also a cofounder of The Huffington Post, which last year was sold to AOL for $300 million. Peretti recently bought into fellow HuffPo alum Paul Berry’s new venture RebelMouse, billed as an easier way to make social-media posts into a functional website. He’s also on the board of and an investor in performance artist Ze Frank’s as-yet-untitled new venture, which uses audience participation to produce original Web programs.

    Scoreboard:
    #7 in Virologists Combined score: 56.8

Mark Pincus

Founder, Zynga

  • Something of a serial entrepreneur, Mark Pincus launched his first startup in 1995. Since then, he’s started a handful of ventures, including software company SupportSoft and social content startup Tribe Networks. But co-founding online game-maker Zynga has been his biggest success to date: the social game network has more than 200 million users. Zynga garnered flack for a revenue model that was tied too closely to Facebook, but Pincus has since expanded the model.

    Scoreboard:
    #8 in Visionaries Combined score: 47.8

Chris Poole

Founder, 4chan and Canvas

  • Chris Poole was just 15 when he launched 4chan in 2003. The website is a controversial image board that’s responsible for triggering many of the last decade’s most famous Internet memes (think LOLcats and Rage Comics). Anonymous, the hactivist collective, also traces its roots to Poole’s wildly unregulated site. In 2011, Poole introduced Canvas, a social sharing site that’s the G-rated version of 4chan. He also signed on as an adviser at Lerer Ventures, a seed-stage venture-capital fund.

    Scoreboard:
    #1 in Visionaries Combined score: 79.4

Tom Preston-Werner

Cofounder, GitHub

  • Tom Preston-Werner is cofounder of GitHub, a social network for computer programmers who want to collaborate on software code. Preston-Werner started GitHub with PJ Hyett, and Chris Wanstrath, another programmer in San Francisco, in late 2007 while he was working for a company called Powerset. In 2008, when Powerset was acquired by Microsoft, Preston-Werner was faced with a $300,000 offer to stay on board or choose the riskier route to quit and continue with GitHub, he decided to take the gamble. Today GitHub ranks in the top 350 sites, according to Alexa, and is used and beloved by programmers worldwide.

    Scoreboard:
    #5 in Builders Combined score: 59.8

Ramy Raoof

Egyptian Activist/Blogger

  • One of our panelists describes Ramy Raoof as a “one-man broadcast channel” for his prolific posting of videos and images throughout the Egyptian Revolution demonstrations, during which he was acting as the online media officer for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and an independent activist. Unlike some revolutionaries who pulled back after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Raoof continues to cover human rights in Egypt through his Egyptian Blog for Human Rights. He’s also at work offering digital security training across Egypt and working on building a mobile network that would support detained demonstrators.

    Scoreboard:
    #10 in Revolutionaries Combined score: 44.6

Andrew Rasiej

Founder, Personal Democracy Media

  • A politico well-schooled in the power of tech, Andrew Rasiej helped lead Gov. Howard Dean’s wildly successful online fundraising blitz in 2004–a model adopted by the winning Obama campaign four years later. He’s now a presence on the Hill, advising senators and congressmen on Web strategy. Rasiej also founded Personal Democracy Media, an online Web advocacy hub, which just netted anti-SOPA lawmakers Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrel Issa for its high-profile 2012 forum. Rasiej has proven that successful (and well-funded) political advocacy has to go online, or perish.

    Scoreboard:
    #9 in Evangelists Combined score: 58.4

Viviane Reding

Justice Commissioner, European Commission

  • Viviane Reding has the distinction of being named Internet Villain of 2007 by the Internet Service Providers Association, a pro-ISP group in Britain—which is a sure sign to free-Internet activists that she’s on the right side of history. During the past year, Reding has spoken out in favor of personal data protection for users in European Union member nations, and introduced a law in early 2012 that would allow Internet users the right to force websites and tech firms to delete their personal data if there is no legitimate reason the data be kept.

    Scoreboard:
    #5 in Navigators Combined score: 65.8

John Resig

Dean of Computer Science, Khan Academy

  • The computer programmer is the creator of jQuery, a widely used JavaScript library that can be found on more than 57 percent of the top 10,000 websites on the Internet. After being inducted into Rochester Institute of Technology’s Innovation Hall of Fame in April 2010, John Resig took his talents to the nonprofit Khan Academy, with the aim of promoting education and designing better tools for teaching people to code. As dean of computer science, Resig is educating the next generation of builders on the Web—and he isn't even 30 years old yet.

    Scoreboard:
    #4 in Builders Combined score: 64.2

Kevin Rose

Cofounder, Digg

  • It’s been a big year and a half for the cofounder of the Reddit rival. After a brief stint as CEO of Digg, Kevin Rose resigned in March 2011 and founded Milk, an Internet incubator. Milk was bought by Google in March 2012 for roughly $15 million, and Rose was named a partner in Google Ventures, the search engine’s capital-investment arm. So why did Google want Rose on its team? Check out the prodigious pedigree of his past investments: Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and Zynga, to name a few.

    Scoreboard:
    #2 in Personalities Combined score: 73.6

Alec Ross

Senior Adviser for Innovation to Hillary Clinton

  • During Alec Ross’s tenure at the State Department, which began in 2009, he has been at the forefront of using social media and the Web to improve citizen involvement in government, a practice his office calls “21st-Century Statecraft.” Ross has been so good at integrating the new Internet into the old State Department that a Washington Post blog in April called his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “the Internet’s new queen of cool.” Not to be outdone by his private sector tech-world counterparts, Ross came out against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act during the spring, offering that President Obama himself opposed the law.

    Scoreboard:
    #6 in Navigators Combined score: 64.6

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