How about European figures?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Top 10 people : One Thread
How about moving away from the otherwise totally American bias of the list? eg. Alan Cox for Linux, George Greve for the Free Software Foundation. Is Ian Jackson (Debian leader) English? Might also have the advantage that the very-high-profile people listed so far have very hectic schedules and might be harder to get...
-- Graham Seaman (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2001