Vladimir Putin is the winner of this year’s TIME 100 reader’s poll

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin became the winner of the poll the readers of TIME magazine defeating various artists and other world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and his wife.

TIME100 is an annual survey containing one hundred most influential figures in the world, ranging from political figures, entertainment, business, science, religion, and other fields.

TIME yesterday has announced the winners figure version of the reader. To the editor version will be announced tomorrow.

Putin edged out rapper-singer CL (of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1) to claim the number one spot with 6.95% of the votes in the final tally. Pop stars Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five with 2.6%, 1.9% and 1.8% of the votes, respectively.

Besides Putin, the only non-entertainers to crack the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7%), Malala Yousafzai (1.6%) and Pope Francis. (1.5%). Barack and Michelle Obama sat just outside the top 10 with 1.4% and 1.2% of the votes, respectively.

More than half of the votes — 57.38% — were cast within the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom followed with 5.54% and 4.55% respectively.