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THE MAVERICKS' MAVERICKS

We've made our list of 2009's most influential iconoclasts. Here, they name mavericks—historical and contemporary—who have inspired them.

JASON KILAR: CEO, Hulu
His Maverick: Jesus


DUSTIN LANCE BLACK: SCREENWRITER
His Maverick: Cleve Jones, gay-rights activist and friend of Harvey Milk



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STEVE STOUTE: FOUNDER, CEO TRANSLATION CONSULTING AND BRAND IMAGING
His Maverick: John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media and CEO of Discovery Holding Company


SETH MACFARLANE: CREATOR, FAMILY GUY
His Maverick: Bob Hope, comedian and actor


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KEN BUNT: SVP MARKETING, HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
His Maverick: Shawn Fanning, Napster developer


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: ACTOR/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
His Mavericks: The Velvet Underground, rock band


ANDY SAMBERG, AKIVA SCHAFFER, and JORMA TACCONE: FILMMAKERS/COMEDIANS
Their Mavericks: Matt Stone and Trey Parker, South Park creators


CHRIS HUGHES: COFOUNDER, FACEBOOK
NATE SILVER: INFORMATION GURU

Their Maverick: Steve Jobs, Apple cofounder, chairman, and CEO


JOE ROSPARS: FOUNDING PARTNER, BLUE STATE DIGITAL
His Maverick: Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S.


T-PAIN: MUSICIAN PRODUCER
His Maverick: Rosa Parks, civil-rights activist


ANNE WOJCICKI: COFOUNDER, 23ANDME
Her Maverick: Sergey Brin, Google founder


EVAN WILLIAMS: COFOUNDER, TWITTER
His Maverick: Ben Franklin, American statesman and inventor


BIZ STONE: COFOUNDER, TWITTER
His Maverick: John Forbes Nash, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and economist

John Malone photograph courtesy of Reuters. All other photographs courtesy of Getty images.

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