First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:20 PM ET

Amidst the thousands of management tomes published every year, there are only a few truly influential collections of business wisdom. But measuring the true impact of one of the world's thought leaders can be tricky.

Thinkers 50 believes it has come up with a formula to measure the impact of the world's top business gurus. They've compiled a list of the top 50 thinkers in business based upon, among other things, originality of ideas, practicality, writing style, loyalty of followers and rigor of research.

Based on that analysis, they've come up some very interesting results. C.K. Prahlaad, the author of Fortune At the Bottom Of The Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, was actually deemed more influential than Steve Jobs, Richard Branson or the uber-popular Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell.

To see more of the rankings, check out our photos below, and vote for the world's most influential business thinker.


#7 Bill Gates
Bill Gates (shown here with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) is perhaps now known as much for his role as Microsoft boss as he is for his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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