Statistics Guru/Author, 35
Haters gonna hate -- but that didn't stop the wunderkind statistician from prognosticating the 2012 presidential election with, at final count, 100% percent accuracy on his New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight. As a result, on the day after the election, Silver's book, The Signal and the Noise, skyrocketed in sales, hitting number 2 on the Amazon bestseller list. The numbers nerd is currently planning his next move, while continuing to apply his data-driven model to everything from the Oscars to the Super Bowl.
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