Still don’t think he is one of the most important figures out there? Well take some time to check out the Fortune article naming Nick Saban the 11th most important world leader.
Saban joins the Pope, business moguls and other pivotal global leaders who have stamped their mark on the world. Fortune notes Saban’s ability to maintain the dynasty he has built during his tenure at Alabama. Fortune writes:
“The dynasty was over. That was the consensus of the pundits after Alabama’s 43–37 loss to Ole Miss in its third game of the season last September. The famed “process” that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, 64, had used to win three national titles in football at Bama—while boosting graduation rates—and one at LSU had run its course, and the competition had caught up. Saban challenged his team: “How are you going to respond?” When Alabama defeated Clemson 45–40 for another title on Jan. 11, 2016, he had his answer, and the dynasty—and Saban’s legacy as a leader—remained intact.”
Being named the 11th most noted world leader places Saban between Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina (No.10), and Huateng “Pony” Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent (No.12). Not bad for a guy who barks orders to a group of 20-somethings on Saturdays, while 100,000 plus fans cheer him on.
Saban becomes the first football coach to make the list since it’s inaugural debut three years ago.