You don’t have to be real to be influential. AskMen.com has compiled a list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009 — and Mad Men’s protagonist Don Draper snatched the number one spot.
According to more 500,000 voters on the male-interest website, the fictional character – played by Jon Hamm – is the Most Influential Man of 2009.
“In a turbulent 2009, men are seeking the stability of tradition in the masculine qualities that they imagine their fathers and grandfathers to have had,” says James Bassil, Editor-in-Chief of AskMen.com. “The character of Don Draper brings all these traits together, and in doing so speaks directly to the modern man. He’s a man whose time has come.”
Matthew Weiner, who created the AMC series, is tickled pink by the honor. “It’s interesting how drinking, smoking and carousing wins the race today, no offense to President Obama and Mr. Bolt,”
Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt took second place followed by President Barack Obama. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and American Idol judge Simon Cowell rounded out the Top Five.
See the entire list of 2009’s Top 49 Most Influential Men at AskMen.com.