Mandela is world's 'most visible leader'

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela was Wednesday ranked first in a perception assessment of 54 of the world's most visible leaders.

The Reputation Institute said Mandela beat tennis star Roger Federer, who came second.

The institute said Mandela's powerful story of offender to beloved first president of South Africa had made him a symbol of the worldwide struggle against injustice.

He was a continuing source of inspiration to people the world over, the institute noted.

Like Mandela, Federer had a passion for South Africa and its people, "due no doubt to his mother's heritage", the institute said (Federer's mother, Lynette, is South African. His father, Robert, is Swiss).

The Institute said current South African leader Jacob Zuma came 35th, behind the likes of actress Angelina Jolie (12th).  

The Dalai Lama was ranked 13th, US President Barack Obama 14th, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg 20th, footballer David Beckham (24th), the Pope (26th), Prince Albert of Monaco (28th), and Madonna (29th).
-0- PANA CU/SEG 22Sept2011

22 september 2011 09:11:57




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