2005 Global Intellectuals Poll (100 Most Important Living Intellectuals )

The 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll is a list of the 100 most important living public intellectuals […] compiled in November 2005 by Prospect Magazine and Foreign Policy on the basis of a reader’s ballot.

Top five:

  1. Noam Chomsky
  2. Umberto Eco
  3. Richard Dawkins
  4. Václav Havel
  5. Christopher Hitchens

Foreign Policy requires (free) registration to access the list. It’s available hassle-free at Wikipedia.