Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela in hospitalReuters
Nelson Mandela in hospitalReuters
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Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Groups. Ratan who is the winner of Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy (2007) is also a humanitarian and serves as program board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India.Reuters
The 85-year-old queen is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, Commonwaelth realms. She is the patron of over 600 charities and other organizations and she is a supporter of inter-faith relations. The longest-living and second-longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.Reuters

A new study by a leading global reputation management consultancy, Reputation Institute, has named industrialist Ratan Tata as one of the "World's Most Respected People."

According to the Reputation Institute's study, the top 10 world's most respected people were selected from a list of 54 people from the world's most visible leaders and public personalities by 51,055 members of the general public in 25 countries.

The Reputation Institute Chairman, Dr. Charles Fombrun, said, "The results of Reputation Institute's study confirm that people respect leaders that participate in philanthropic activities outside of their own celebrity."

Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela ranked first at the index and was followed by Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.

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