Newsmax recently published a list of what they call the fifty most influential Mormons. They said:
“Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are important leaders in many fields, including government, economics, entertainment, science, education, and sports. Most would agree Mormons “over index” in many fields that affect millions throughout the world.
“To compile this list, our editors combed through many online sources and consulted with several well-connected and informed Mormons. Still, a list like this is subjective at best, and should be viewed as interesting and informative, rather than definitive. We very likely missed people who should have been on the list, and we welcome your input and correction for future editions. And, while picking only 50 is difficult, coming up with a ranking is even more subjective. We tried to rank them in what we believe is a somewhat logical order, but certainly recognize that many readers (and perhaps people on the list!) may take exception with the ranking.
“Also, there are many more members of the U.S. Congress than are listed. They easily could have all been listed. We opted instead, however, to list only those with particular influence, such as committee assignments, caucus leadership, etc.”
Below are the top ten they listed and you can read the full list here.
- Mitt Romney—Former Governor of Massachusetts, US presidential candidate
- Bill Marriott—The executive chairman & chairman of the board of Marriott International
- Orrin Hatch—Now in his seventh term as a U.S. senator for Utah
- Jack Gerard—Currently president of the influential American Petroleum Institute (API)
- Clayton Christensen—Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
- Harry Reid—The U.S. Democratic senator from Nevada is the Senate Minority Leader
- Mike Lee—U.S. Senator known for considering various points of view while conservative
- Jason Chaffetz—Congressman, chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
- Jon Huntsman (Jr or Sr, your choice)—Businessmen, public servants, and philanthropists
- Thomas B. Griffith—A federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit