Recently, Reader’s Digest collaborated with The Wagner Group and polled over 1,000 Americans on 200 public figures to comile the “100 Most Trusted People in America” list.
High on the list was Steven Spielberg (No.6), along with Nobel Prize winner Robert J. Lefkowitz (No.11) and economist Lloyd Shapley (No.15).
Other notable Jews mentioned were Noam Chomsky (No.20), Madeleine Albright (No. 23), Judith Sheindlin — a.k.a. “Judge Judy — (No.28), Ruth Bader Ginsberg (No.36), Rabbi Arthur Schnier (No.48), Elena Kagan (No.62), Adam Sandler (No.64) and Ben Stiller (No.77).
According to the Reader’s Digest, trust is “earned with a person’s integrity and character, exceptional talent and drive, internal moral compass, message, honesty, and leadership.”
On an unrelated note, Michelle Obama beat out her husband, coming in 19th to his 65.
Who would you have picked? Click here for the full list.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
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