The Reputation Institute
September 20, 2011 | 08:39 PM
But he's behind a different #1: Nelson Mandela.
You may be no more familiar with The Reputation Institute than I am, but apparently they conduct annual research with 50,000 people in 25 countries to determine who are the most respected and trusted individuals in the world. Here's this year's top 10:
Rank Name RepTrak Pulse
1 Nelson Mandela 78.5
2 Roger Federer 72.1
3 Bill Gates 71.7
4 Warren Buffett 69.7
5 Richard Branson 68.3
6 Steve Jobs 68.3
7 Oprah Winfrey 67.7
8 Bono 67.7
9 Ratan Tata 66.3
10 Elizabeth II 64.9
"The results of Reputation Institute's study confirm that people respect leaders that participate in philanthropic activities outside of their own celebrity," said Reputation Institute Chairman, Dr. Charles Fombrun.
I guess money doesn't buy as much influence in this voting - it could take more than 50 Roger Federer's to equal one Bill Gates or Warren Buffet in annual philanthropic spending, but Bill's a strong #3, like Roger in the ATP. I wonder how many countries broadcast the Tennis Channel with clips of Roger in the S. African Bush with children?
I expect we'll see less of Joker in warm fuzzy ads with children in 3rd world countries than behind the wheel of an expensive Mercedes sports car (he just signed with them) or in a music video with a celeb star like Shakira.
He is taking some time off to recuperate from winning 10 of 12 tournaments this year, and will skip the Asian tour and any players' meeting that takes place in Shanghai next month, returning to action later this fall for Paris and London when he can perhaps rival Roger's best title haul in a single year (12 in 2006, when he was also a finalist in 4 including the French Open, Rome and Monte Carlo; he won 3 majors plus the year end Masters and 4 1000 titles).
NEW WOMEN'S WTA RANKINGS: Big Movers, USA New Order
#1 Wozniacki, who's still #1 by over 3000 points, a bigger percentage gap than Joker has over Rafa
#2 Sharapova, who's learning about moving up the hard way: without winning a Major title
#7 Stosur only trails #2 Maria by less than 1000 points
#9 Clijsters, last year's Open champion who hasn't been able to play a tournament in on over 2 months
#14 Serena, 3000 points behind #2 Maria, is still the highest American
#51 Christina McHale, now the #2 American, dropped two spaces but moved 1 ahead of USA's Beverly Mattek-Sands
Rounding out Americans in the top 100 are three more young women:
#75 Irina Falconi
#91 Sloane Stephens
#98 Vania King
All the excitement in NY about their performance in the Open was just a start for the long climb up. We'll see which, if any of them, can muster the kind of consistent results that have eluded players like Melanie Oudin (now #144).
Where's Venus? Down to her lowest ever #112, beneath 20 year old Coco Vanderweghe at #101. Veteran Jill Craybas is down to #117, but above up-and-comers like:
#119 Alison Riske (21 years old)
#129 Jamie Hampton (also 21)
#165 Alexa Glatch (almost 22)
#172 Chichi Scholl (19)
#200 Julia Cohen (22)
With 6 women in the top 100, they trail the men in numbers (9 men in the top 100) but not in average age, where men trend older throughout the top 100 than women.
Rankings post Open