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Photo via LinkedIn/Top Influencers 2015
Photo via LinkedIn/Top Influencers 2015

LinkedIn publishes many lists about those who are tops in their fields, but who made the cut for being an overall influencer in 2015?

The social site for career networking and job searching put Bill Gates at the top of its list for overall engagement on the site. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson took the second spot, with Allianz’s chief economic officer Mohamed El-Erian coming in third.

Gates has 27 posts on his LinkedIn page as the co-chair for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with focuses on clean energy, education and health care.

Photo via LinkedIn/Warren Buffett Just Wrote His Best Annual Letter Ever
Photo via LinkedIn/Warren Buffett Just Wrote His Best Annual Letter Ever

LinkedIn writes that Gates’ top post was Warren Buffett Just Wrote His Best Annual Letter Ever.

In that post, Gates praised Buffett’s management style, writing:

“The Berkshire system maximizes having very experienced people run their businesses, giving them autonomy, and letting them do it for decades at a time. Even if they make a few mistakes, they know that Warren will stick with them. That’s how he has put together a mind-blowingly good set of business managers.”

LinkedIn gives great brief year-in-review recaps for each leader, including their top posts and items that are especially noteworthy, like AMAs hosted by the site.

Photo via LinkedIn/Sramana Mitra
Photo via LinkedIn/Sramana Mitra

Only three women made the list, including Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strategy consultant and founder of One Million by One Million Sramana Mitra, who writes “about strategies and tactics of navigating the turbulent waters of technology entrepreneurship.”

Read posts from more of LinkedIn’s top contributors here, which breaks down posts by industry, including tech, VC and entrepreneurship, marketing and social, and more.

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