The funnyman, who released a book called Revolution about political reform last year (14), was the only entertainer voted into the top 10 list by readers of Britain's Prospect magazine.

He was beaten by French economist Thomas Piketty, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and U.S. political author Naomi Klein, while the remainder of the top 10 was comprised of activists, economists and philosophers.

Prospect editors called Brand "the spiritual leader of Britain's disaffected anti-capitalist youth" and added, "Dismissed by his opponents as a clownish opportunist, he is nevertheless the most charismatic figure on Britain's populist left."