Legendary Men: The Top 20 Picks (PHOTOS)
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All candidates for the list actively participate in humanitarian causes, negotiate with creativity, and excel in business endeavors -- and the degrees of each quality differ with each man on the list.
This list is by no means complete; it's just a selection of the Post50 men we love. We have mayors, presidents, business magnates, entrepreneurs, media moguls, tech-lovers and even an MVP.
Browse our picks for the Post50 men we love:
<strong>Who:</strong> Ralph Macchio, 50<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> He kicked his way into the hearts of 80s teens as the David to Cobra Kai's Goliath in <em>The Karate Kid</em>. Macchio's baby-faced good looks made him a mainstay in other hits from the era, including <em>The Outsiders</em> and <em>My Cousin Vinny</em>, before he disappeared from the big screen. It wasn't until he appeared on <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> that we remembered Daniel-San is quite a looker.
<strong>Who:</strong> Steve Martin, 66 <br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The comedian who brought belly-laughs to "Saturday Night Live" has introduced his audience to all of his talents over the years. Whether it is his memoir "Born Standing Up", his pieces for "The New Yorker", or his Grammy winning bluegrass album -- Steve Martin's clearly not slowing down -- and we don't want him to.
<strong>Who:</strong> Barack Obama, 50<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> Besides being the first African American to hold the office of President of the United States, the Harvard-educated Barack Obama has clearly kept his family a priority, taking on another role as assistant basketball coach, and, as his <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20500603,00.html" target="_hplink">Father's Day essay</a> reports, making sure his two girls still 'do their chores, make their beds, finish their schoolwork and take care of the dog,' regardless of their White House residency.
<strong>Who:</strong> Richard Branson, 61<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The British business tycoon has conquered just about everything -- including space. When Branson was 16, he started a magazine called <em><a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/" target="_hplink">Student</a></em>, and hasn't slowed down since. <br /> <br />Branson has always <em>enjoyed</em> what he does, which is one of the reason we believe he is so successful. "For me business is not about wearing suits, or keeping stockholders pleased. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials," <a href="http://yfsentrepreneur.com/2011/06/21/yfs-magazine-and-virgin-america-small-business-travel-contest-takes-flight/?quick_view=1" target="_hplink">asserts</a> the billionaire. Branson is a representative of <a href="http://www.theelders.org/" target="_hplink">The Elders</a>, a group determined to reach peace, eliminate suffering, and provide education around the world. This is one of his many humanitarian participations. Photo: Getty
The Sundance Kid
<strong>Who:</strong> Robert Redford, 75 <br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The two-time Academy Award winning actor has done more than star in some of the most memorable films of all time -- he's helped make sure movies get made. In 1969, Redford bought Timphaven Mountain in Provo, Utah - which he renamed, "Sundance" after his iconic role of "The Sundance Kid". <br /> The Sundance Film Festival is the preeminent event for Independent films in the United States. Redford was the inaugural chairman. Photo: Getty
<strong>Who:</strong> Steven Spielberg, 64 <br /> <strong>Why:</strong> Although he made his make in films such as "Jaws" and "E.T.", his later films reflect a more serious nature. "Schindler's List", "Saving Private Ryan", and "The Color Purple" are examples of his work which resonate on greater cultural challenges. Spielberg has donated to numerous hospitals, charities, and disaster relief organizations.
<strong>Who:</strong> Howard Schultz, 58<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The former Chairman and CEO fo Starbucks is more than the man behind a good cup of coffee. <br /> <br /> Schultz has lead with his soul, allowing him to act responsibly in his business ventures. He speaks out on his concerns of the global economic crisis and has been awarded numerous times for his charitable efforts. Specifically, the National Leadership Award, the International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and the <em><a href="http://www.firstmagazine.com/" target="_hplink">FIRST Magazine</a></em> Responsbile Capitalism Award.
<strong>Who:</strong> Tom Ford, 50<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The Texas born Fashion designer, style icon, architecture buff and Academy Award nominated director is one of the most important men in popular culture today. <br /> <br /> Ford transformed the house of Gucci (which was valued at $4.3 billion when he started and $10 billion when he left) back into a Fashion powerhouse. Shortly after, he started Tom Ford - a brand, which when it started, was considered to be the epitome of a modern day gentleman's wardrobe. Although sometimes controversial, Ford has spoken out about his homosexuality and his opinions on monogamy and sexuality.
<strong>Who:</strong> Colin Powell, 74<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> The retired Four-Star Army General and former (and frist African American) Secretary of State has done far more than serve our country, but we must make mention of it. Powell has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. <br /> <br /> Although his reputation was soiled in the now infamous WMD/Invasion of Iraq speech, Powell was since spoken out about reforming the intelligence community. An interesting fact about the former Joint Chief of Staff: He <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2004/08/a-conversation-with-colin-powell/3436/#" target="_hplink">restores old cars</a> as a hobby. Photo: Getty
<strong>Who:</strong> Dan Marino, 50 <br /> <strong>Why:</strong> Not only has the gridiron icon been ranked as the No. 25 football player of all time by NFL Films in 2010, but he has also raised more than $30 million with the Dan Marino Foundation to help children with autism, like his son, Michael. Married to wife Claire since the 1980s, the father of six is also an entrepreneur with a growing restaurant chain.
<strong>Who:</strong> Alec Baldwin, 54<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> While we wag our fingers at the actor's tendency for outrageous Twitter outbursts -- and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/alec-baldwin-american-airlines-disagree-on-what-happened-during-words-with-friends-incident/2011/12/08/gIQAKqrEgO_story.html" target="_hplink">extreme love of Words With Friends</a> -- Baldwin's charm knows no bounds. <br /> <br />As <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/arts/television/alec-baldwin-sets-record-hosting-snl.html"><em>Saturday Night Live</em>'s most frequent host</a>, the smarmy exec with the heart of 24K gold on <em>30 Rock<em> and the narrator of the phenomenal <em>Frozen Planet</em> series, we'll look the other way at the 54-year-old's more juvenile tendencies.
<strong>Who:</strong> Matt Lauer, 54<br /> <strong>Why:</strong> Co-host of NBC's "TODAY" since 1997, the dashing Lauer is the cream in our morning coffee, mixing the serious presidential interviews and reporting from the Middle East with the just-plain-goofy, including that "Where In The World Is Matt" travel segment thing and a recent smooch with Howard Stern. Only Lauer has the brains and the likability to strike the balance with panache.