Premji, Anna in FP's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers
The top nine positions in the list is occupied by leading Arab revolutionaries including Mohamed Elbaradei from Egypt, the former IAEA chief; Ali Ferat, the Syrian human rights lawyer and cartoonist, and the 10th position is jointly occupied by the three central bank governors of US, France and China for steering the world amid crisis.
US President Barack Obama is ranked 11th among the top 100 global thinkers. Poverty researcher Deepa Narayan and economist Arvind Subramanian are also featured in the list.
Identified as India's Bill Gates, Azim Premji is ranked 14th, just below Bill and Melinda Gates.
"It's not just because of Azim Premji's enormous wealth that he is compared to the American technologist turned philanthropist," the Foreign Policy magazine says.
It is Premji's unprecedented philanthropy, that recently has borne out the Gates comparison, it added.
"Through his contributions, Premji is at the forefront of a rising tide of Indian philanthropy, with billionaire executives such as Shiv Nadar, founder of the technology company HCL, and Sunil Bharti Mittal, of the business conglomerate Bharti Enterprises, often listed in the same cohort," it writes.
However, making a surprise entry into this list of top 100 global thinkers is Anna Hazare who has been placed at the 37th position for his anti-corruption crusade in the country.