The consulting and communications firm Babel presented its ‘Influence Index’ for this 2021.
This list brings together politicians, digital personalities, businessmen, singers, journalists and more figures with whom Colombians are identified to a greater extent.
The question they answered was: ‘Who are the people that you find particularly credible, inspiring and role models?’
Here is the ‘top’ of the ten most influential.
1. ‘Epa Colombia’
Daneidy Barrera Rojas, known as ‘Epa Colombia’, is a businesswoman and social media personality who is on the lips of most Colombians both for her entrepreneurship and for her legal situation and some of her controversies.
According to the survey, he ranks first on the list of influencers.
It is worth remembering that Barrera created all kinds of controversy in the framework of the 2019 national strike through a video broadcast on various digital platforms and social networks.
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‘Epa’ appeared hitting with a hammer some glass and collection points of a station of the TransMilenio system, in Bogotá.
The Superior Court of Bogotá confirmed, in August 2021, his sentence of 63 months and 15 days in jail. However, the ‘influencer’, as recorded by EL TIEMPO, was not issued a capture ticket.
Therefore, Daneidy continues to work on its hair products business.
2. Gabriel García Márquez
The Colombian writer, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, he died in 2014, at the age of 87.
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His legacy in literature and journalism is invaluable. He is remembered for works such as ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ and ‘News of a Kidnapping’.
‘Gabo’ is still present in the memory of Colombians for being one of the most representative figures of the magical realism. In addition, he was part of the so-called Latin American ‘boom’ that revolutionized literature since the mid-1960s.
3. Álvaro Uribe
From the study of ‘Babel’, the politician and former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez is in the third position of the most influential.
The leader of the ‘Democratic Center‘In recent years he held a seat in the Congress of the Republic after being the most voted candidate in history during the 2018 legislative elections. At that time, he obtained more than 870 thousand votes.
However, he resigned his seat in August 2020. In addition, he recently said that he will not run his name again for Congress.
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The Constitutional court He denied a guardianship and is currently accused in a judicial process that is being carried out for alleged manipulation of witnesses.
4. Arturo Calle
He presides over a company dedicated to making that bears his same name.
He is one of the most recognized characters in the textile and fashion industry, since more than 50 years ago he ventured into a small shirt store in Bogotá.
Your company is currently on the list of the best qualified in corporate reputation in Colombia, according to the report by Merco Empresas y Líderes Colombia.
Calle, 83, has more than 100 establishments and, by 2018, according to ‘Portafolio’, the business group exceeded 460 billion pesos in annual revenue.
5. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo
The immunologist has spent several decades focused on the search for the vaccine against malaria.
His patent achieved 40 percent protection against the parasite and was donated to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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A few weeks ago he told EL TIEMPO that he had resumed the trials and hoped to reach the third phase studies in the next few months. In fact, he assured that his vaccine was already around 80 percent protection.
6. Mariana Pajón
BMX is the sport that has brought Mariana success.
The 30-year-old from Antioquia twice won the gold medal in the Olympic Games, as he won the medal in London 2012 and Rio 2016. He also won the silver medal during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Pajón added another title in 2021: he won the BMX World Cup. This is the third time he has done it.
For this and more, the bicicrosista is one of the most influential personalities in the country.
7. Juan Diego Alvira
The presenter and journalist, 45, is part of the ‘Noticias Caracol’ team.
From 5:30 in the morning, he accompanies Colombians on television and tells them the information that transcends in the country.
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Alvira has a India Catalina Award as the best news presenter, which he obtained in 2010 when he was part of the Bogota channel ‘CityTv’, of the EL TIEMPO Editorial House.
8. Ivan Duque
The Republic President He is the second politician, after Álvaro Uribe, in the ‘Babel’ Influence Index.
The president arrived at the Nariño Palace in 2018, after having a seat in the Senate for the Democratic Center party.
Other polls, such as that of the firm Invamer, have said that the majority of Colombians disapprove of his work as president. The most recent results of this survey indicate that 24 percent of those consulted approve of his management, while 72 percent do not.
9. Alberto José ‘the father’ Linero
Linero belonged to the community of the Eudist fathers for 25 years. However, in September 2018 he asked the Catholic Church his retirement to “live other things in my personal life”, as he told the station ‘Blu Radio’ at the time.
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The 53-year-old also lecturer is remembered for his spaces for reflection in the morning programs of the ‘Caracol’ channel.
It is also part of the work table of the aforementioned station since 2018. In parallel, it has more than 50 books on personal improvement, spirituality, among other topics.
10. Rigoberto Urán
The Paisa cyclist closes the ‘top’ 10 of the most influential.
At 34, ‘Rigo’ has made a career in renowned teams in Europe and the United States, such as ‘Sky’, ‘Quick Step’ and ‘Education First’.
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He is also recognized for obtaining a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and reaching second place in the Giro d’Italia (2013 and 2014) and the 2017 Tour de France.
What other characters are on the list?
To the mentioned names is added:
11. Nairo Quintana
12. Catherine Ibargüen
13. Lina Tejeiro
14. Gustavo Petro
15. Radamel Falcao García.
Other Colombian figures that stand out are Juanes (17th), ‘La Liendra’ (25th), Claudia López (30th) and Mario Mendoza (42nd).
The list is closed by the activist child Francisco Vera, in position 50.
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The most influential Colombians in 2021, according to Babel