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VOTE 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
561 238
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 53
Political Satirist.
2
485 200
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Film Auteur/All Around Talent
3
419 163
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 61
Dramatic Film Actor.
4
383 140
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 76
Film Director.
5
435 181
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 68
Comedic Actor.
6
359 178
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Businessman.
7
380 235
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 48
Comedic TV Producer.
8
279 178
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85
Country Singer/Songwriter.
9
300 215
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 77
Songwriter.
10
243 234
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 69
Rock Performer.
11
245 300
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 54
Stand-up Comedian.
12
128 174
Michael Buffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 74
Announcer.
13
200 292
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71
Talk Show Host.
14
240 388
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 71
Diplomat.
15
94 146
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 88
Jazz Musician.
16
182 326
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 65
Radio Personality.
17
70 157
Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 85
Writer of Prose.
18
56 138
Freddie Roach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58
Boxing Trainer
19
84 201
Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 66
Political Columnist, Economist.
20
53 144
Robert Caro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 83
Biographer
21
50 146
Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 58
Writer of Nonfiction, Current Events.
22
51 171
Phish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best At What They Do
Jamband.
23
39 146
Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best At What They Do
age 59
Historical and SciFi Novelist.