Russian President Vladimir Putin, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev were included in Forbes’ list of 100 most influential Russians of the past century, published by Forbes Russia on Thursday.
The editorial staff and experts have chosen Russians who had tremendous impact on economy, business, science, society and politics in the period from 1917 to 2017. The majority of the personalities belong to the beginning of the century. Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Leonid Brezhnev, scientists Ivan Pavlov and Nikolai Vavilov, cultural figures Maya Plisetskaya and Feodor Chaliapin, film directors Leonid Gaidai and Sergei Eisenstein were among them.
The list has also included 21 contemporary personalities, among whom Putin, Gorbachev, Anatoly Chubais, the mastermind of privatization in Russia, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, Sberbank CEO German Gref and Arkady Volozh, the founder of Russian search engine Yandex.
Other personalities included singer Alla Pugacheva, hockey player Alexander Ovechkin and tennis player Maria Sharapova.
The list was drafted on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first issue of the Forbes magazine in 1917.