Bill Gates more influential than Martin Luther King Jnr

Bill Gates has topped a top ten list of "world changers", according to Dragon Age 2 publisher Electronic Arts (no, really). A survey of Brits under the age of 25 puts Microsoft founder and chairman Gates at the summit, with Facebook-supremo Mark Zuckerberg second. Martin Luther King Jnr and Albert Einstein only made third and tenth respectively.

Remarkably, even David Cameron appears at number 4, above Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. And no Steve Jobs.

The poll was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the latest instalment in the RPG franchise, Dragon Age 2, as one of its major features allows gamers to make actions which will alter the entire game world as they play, shaping the course of history.

Therefore, other "world changers" were sought, with independent online research agency FlyResearch conducting the survey - on behalf of EA - of over 1,000 UK residents under 25.

“The results of this survey are surprising given how influential some of the figures on this list are and the impact that their inventions or discoveries have had on our lives" said Sophie Orlando of Electronic Arts. "However, the growth of social networks such as Facebook has been phenomenal – to the point where young Brits consider it to be more important than the invention of the more practical light bulb!”

Dragon Age 2 will hit stores and Steam on 11 March (otherwise known as iPad 2 day in the US). It'll be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The full list:

- 1. Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft (11.4 per cent)

- 2. Mark Zuckerberg – Founder of Facebook (9.1 per cent)

- 3. Martin Luther King Jr. – Leader of the African American civil rights movement (8.8 per cent)

- 4. David Cameron – British Prime Minister (8.8 per cent)

- 5. Isaac Newton – Discovered gravity (7.6 per cent)

- 6. Thomas Edison – Inventor of the light bulb (6.9 per cent)

- 7. Barack Obama – President of the United States of America (6 per cent)

- 8. Charles Darwin – Theory of evolution (5.4 per cent)

- 9. Alexander Graham Bell – Inventor of the telephone (5.0 per cent)

- 10. Albert Einstein – Theory of relativity (4.7 per cent)

What do you think? Any others missed out? Let us know in the comments below...

Bill Gates photo by OnInnovation.