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3 at the top who changed their worlds

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Time magazine asked prominent leaders to describe their own favorite leaders.

Here are three of their picks:

1. Tiger Woods. His strict regimen has changed the way golfers train and prepare for the game, says tennis champion Roger Federer. What’s more, Woods is a model for how athletes should conduct themselves, respecting the legends who came before him, shrugging off verbal abuse and avoiding “silly talk.”

2. Nouriel Roubini. This economist knows how to buck the crowd, says Nobel winner and fellow economist Paul Krugman. Roubini warned of a monstrous bubble in the housing market, and that its burst would take the financial system with it. But he’s more than a Chicken Little who got lucky, Krugman says. In offering accurate predictions of bank losses based on statistical modeling, Roubini got the details right, too.

3. Jeff Bezos. Pioneers automatically become leaders because they are, by definition, out in front, leading the way. Microsoft founder Bill Gates says Bezos was one of the first entrepreneurs to win his bet on electronic commerce via Amazon, quitting a big job on Wall Street and not only finding a way for people to buy books online but also developing a new form of retailing.

— Adapted from “100 Heroes & Icons,” Roger Federer, Paul Krugman and Bill Gates, Time.

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