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VOTE The Best At What They Do  

Clark Benson
10.1k votes 1.3k voters 114.8k views

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
557 235
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 56 - Political Satirist.

2
484 198
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88 - Film Auteur/All Around Talent

3
418 161
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 61 - Dramatic Film Actor.

4
381 138
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 76 - Film Director.

5
434 179
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 68 - Comedic Actor.

6
358 175
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88 - Businessman.

7
377 233
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 48 - Comedic TV Producer.

8
278 175
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85 - Country Singer/Songwriter.

9
296 214
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 77 - Songwriter.

10
241 232
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 69 - Rock Performer.

11
245 297
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 54 - Stand-up Comedian.

12
128 171
Michael Buffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 74 - Announcer.

13
198 291
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71 - Talk Show Host.

14
94 142
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88 - Jazz Musician.

15
235 387
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71 - Diplomat.

16
182 323
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 65 - Radio Personality.

17
70 154
Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85 - Writer of Prose.

18
56 135
Freddie Roach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58 - Boxing Trainer

19
84 198
Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 66 - Political Columnist, Economist.

20
52 141
Robert Caro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 83 - Biographer

21
50 143
Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58 - Writer of Nonfiction, Current Events.

22
51 168
Phish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best At What They Do
Jamband.

23
39 143
Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 59 - Historical and SciFi Novelist.