Dana White makes AskMen’s Top 49 Influential Men of 2011 list

Dana White is definitely MMA's most influential man.

On Tuesday, AskMen, known as the leading men’s lifestyle website with a reported 17 million monthly readers, released their sixth annual Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011 list.

Making the list for what is now the third year in a row is none other than Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) President Dana White. With more than 200,000 ballots cast, the leader of the world’s number one professional mixed martial arts organization came in a No. 38.

White was the only man from the MMA industry on this year’s list, unless you count HDNet owner Mark Cuban, who came in at No. 32. Last year, White came in at the No. 32 spot, and in 2009 he was ranked at No. 10.

The only other MMA personality to ever make AskMen’s Top 40 Most Influential Men‘s list was UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who came in at the No. 36 spot in 2009, although AskMen reports former WWE superstar and ex-UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was a strong contender in 2010.

The obvious question is, what does White’s dropping from No. 10 in 2009 to No. 32 last year, and now No. 38, mean? Is it a sign that the sport’s popularity may be declining, or is it just White’s popularity is declining? Or is it just that fewer UFC fans are reading and visiting AskMen?

Readers can currently vote whether or not they think each men’s ranking should be higher, lower or is appropriate. As it stands now, 29% think White should be ranked higher, 58% think he should be ranked lower and 13% are in agreement with White’s No. 38 ranking.

Heading up the list is Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, and coming in last at No. 49 was former American Idol judge and X-Factor creator Simon Cowell. George Clooney, who came in at No. 16 this year, is the only man who has made the list all six years.

The complete AskMenĀ Top 49 Influential Men of 2011 is as follows:

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. SEAL Team Six
  3. Larry Page
  4. Warren Buffett
  5. Kanye West
  6. Mohamed Bouazizi
  7. Prince William
  8. Anonymous (Wiki leaks group)
  9. Ryan Gosling
  10. Lionel Messi
  11. Cadel Evans
  12. Jon Stewart
  13. Andrew Mason
  14. George Clooney
  15. Jay-Z
  16. Charlie Sheen
  17. Alexander Skarsgard
  18. Pep Guardiola
  19. Novak Djokovic
  20. Piers Morgan
  21. Barack Obama
  22. Rene Redzepi
  23. Ashton Kutcher
  24. Anderson Cooper
  25. Ai Weiwei
  26. Jean-Claude Trichet
  27. Mark Zuckerberg
  28. Chris Hemsworth
  29. Terry Richardson
  30. Peter Dinklage
  31. Louis C.K
  32. Mark Cuban
  33. Soleio Cuervo
  34. Elon Musk
  35. Jimmy Fallon
  36. Jack Dorsey
  37. Michael Bloomberg
  38. Dana White
  39. Dirk Nowitzki
  40. Matt Damon
  41. Julian Assange
  42. Tom Brady
  43. Christopher Nolan
  44. Larry David
  45. Rory McIlroy
  46. Justin Timberlake
  47. Bradley Cooper
  48. Oscar Pistorius
  49. Simon Cowell
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