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Top 10 Most Influential Men Of 2012

6:03 AM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
  • 4. Seth MacFarlane 'now that MacFarlane's hosting the Oscars, the rest of America is about to learn what 20- and 30-somethings already know -- that Seth MacFarlane is a comedy savant'(Getty Images)
  • 5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt ' In 2012, JGL graduated from indie darling to action-movie superstar whose presence seems to elevate whatever material he touches' (Getty Images)
  • 3. Bill Clinton 'The charismatic Clinton has enjoyed unprecedented (and ever-growing) popularity since his presidency, and with a rousing Democratic National Convention speech that eclipsed Barack Obama's own, Clinton proved that he's the Obama campaign's greatest tool' (Getty Images)
  • 1. James Bond 'A connoisseur of the finer things in life, a ladies' man and a hero who's saved the world many times over, James Bond has been influencing men for six decades, and he's not done yet.' (a Sean Connery waxwork and Aston Martin DB5 by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
  • 2. Usain Bolt 'While some doubted the Lightning Bolt as he headed into the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, he used that as fuel to come out even stronger.' (photo taken in Japan in 2012 by Getty Images)
  • 9. Instagram Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger 'have had a profound impact on the way people share their photos. In their own words, they sought to 'change and improve the way the world communicates and shares,' and, as a result, saw Facebook purchase their idea for a cool $1 billion' (Getty Images)
  • 10. Ryan Gosling ' is a force to be reckoned with, even when he doesn't have a single movie out. Hot off 2011, when the actor had three monumental starring roles, Gosling cooled it down in 2012. But we're still feeling the heat from this wisecracking style icon' (Getty Images)
  • 8. 'Frank Ocean publicly announced his bisexuality. It was a gamble ... But the attention Ocean received for his courageous declaration was turned to his critically acclaimed new album and to his powerful performances on SNL and at the 2012 Video Music Awards' (Getty Images)
  • 6. Jimmy Kimmel 'He hosted the 64th annual Emmy Awards, and his nightly talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, is about to shake things up with a new time slot. After paying his dues for nearly a decade with a 12:35 a.m. show, Kimmel's being bumped up to 11:35 p.m. on January 8th' (Getty Images)
  • 7. Elon Musk 'SpaceX founder Elon Musk made history this past spring by becoming the first private rocketeer to launch cargo into orbit and supply the International Space Station... If Musk continues his grand vision, expect to see SpaceX sending astronauts to the ISS soon' (Getty Images)
    
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When you imagine the world's most influential man many traits may come to mind: strong, smart....but according to an AskMen.com survey, he doesn't have to be real. James Bond claimed the title of "Most Influential Man of 2012." Last year's winner was Steve Jobs. See the full list from AskMen.com at: http://www.askmen.com/specials/top_49_men/ View the top 10 in the photo gallery here.

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