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The list of living geniuses

Nearly a quarter of those on this year's list of 100 living geniuses are British - 24 to be exact. Here's our pick of the best, if you can't put a face to the name...

Topping the list is Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, in joint first place with Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman. Stephen Hawking also makes a high appearance, coming in at number seven in the list.

There are a high number of British artists and musicians who make the grade, including Brit Art pioneer Damien Hirst (15), poet Seamus Heaney (26), playwright Harold Pinter (31), Sir Paul McCartney (58), David Bowie (67), JK Rowling (83) and filmmaker Ken Russell (83).

The list would not be complete without our celebrity entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, head of Virgin Group, who shimmies in at 49.

An oddity in the list we thought we'd point out is that our dear Bill Gates, head of everything, shares 43rd place with none other than Osama Bin Laden. I bet he's delighted.

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