The 100 Most Obsessed-Over People on the Web

Every April, TIME publishes a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, drawing on a year’s worth of headlines and the editorial judgment of editors from across the magazine. It’s an unapologetically subjective undertaking; there are no batting averages or on-base percentages when it comes to a slippery subject like influence.

I don’t have much to do with this list, but from the sidelines I got to wondering whether there was a quantitative way to produce something similar. Wikipedia was a logical place to start since it has both unprecedented breadth–there are over 600,000 living people on the site–and a remarkably consistent structure for each entry.

Based upon my research, here are the 100 most obsessed-over people on the web.

1.George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

2.Barack Obama
American politician, 44th President of the United States

3.Madonna
American singer, actress, author

4.Beyoncé
American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer

5.Janet Jackson
American singer-songwriter and actress

Whole list at the source
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