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The Best At What They Do  

Clark Benson
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List Rules Currently active at What They Do (which is what you are voting on). OK if not at their peak as long as they haven't become hacks.

I give Maximum Respect to all on this list. Each is, IMHO, the best alive at What They Do. The list reflects my personal hobbies and interests and is certainly nowhere near comprehensive. Note: at present, this list is almost all Americans. As it grows, that will change, though it will likely always slant towards the U S of A for a number of different reasons, which I may elucidate on at some point.
List is not ranked by any particular metric - when I think of someone to add I just stick them at the bottom. I've turned on the VoteRank feature to let anyone vote on it and have it rerank once there are a decent amount of votes - but everyone on the list belongs.
<br>Updates: since the list was built I have sadly had to remove two people (Steve Jobs, Elmore Leonard) due to their passings. I also removed Aaron Sorkin as "writer of cinematic dialogue" due to the pompousness of his The Newsroom.
list ordered by
1
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 56
Political Satirist.
2
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Film Auteur/All Around Talent
3
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 61
Dramatic Film Actor.
4
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 76
Film Director.
5
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 68
Comedic Actor.
6
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Businessman.
7
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 45
Comedic TV Producer.
8
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85
Country Singer/Songwriter.
9
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 77
Songwriter.
10
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 69
Rock Performer.
11
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 54
Stand-up Comedian.
12
Michael Buffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 74
Announcer.
13
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71
Talk Show Host.
14
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71
Diplomat.
15
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Jazz Musician.
16
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 65
Radio Personality.
17
Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85
Writer of Prose.
18
Freddie Roach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58
Boxing Trainer
19
Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 66
Political Columnist, Economist.
20
Robert Caro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 83
Biographer
21
Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58
Writer of Nonfiction, Current Events.
22
Phish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best At What They Do
Jamband.
23
Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 59
Historical and SciFi Novelist.