It is still the great and wise elderly who are considered to stand in the forefront of the Hungarian hall of fame, however, behind Ernő Rubik, István Szabó and Imre Kertész young people have also appeared on the TOP10 list. In the framework of the survey organised by Bridge Budapest, representatives of famous foreign media, such as CBSNews, Die Welt, Gazeta and Huffington Post nominated the most influential Hungarians and success stories. This is how the Bridge Budapest Top10 list was set up, indicating the most successful Hungarians.
The final outcome of voting on the Bridge Budapest Top10 list held several surprises – artists and innovators have the greatest impact according to foreigners, young people and women have less reputation. After Ernő Rubik, István Szabó and Imre Kertész are the second and third on the list. Young people are the fourth: András S. Takács and Eszter Cseke participated in several international competitions with On the Spot, with better results than world famous news channels. “It is a great honour for us to be on the same list with Péter Nádas or Béla Tarr, it still makes my flesh creep and I still can’t believe that we can be placed ahead of these people. The simple fact that we figure on the list at all is due to the people who shared their lives and tough experiences with us from Gaza to Johannesburg. This was a huge motivation and responsibility for us at the same time: we had to learn how to tell their stories in a unique way which made our report outstanding and special among all the other reports, documentaries all around the world” – said the two documentary film-makers. The fifth place was taken by Béla Tarr, film director, followed by Péter Nádas, writer and Iván Fischer, conductor and composer. According to Iván Fischer, several ingredients are required for world-fame: “international knowledge, discovering opportunities in our own country, ability for constant change and to see the future”. The complete TOP10 list will also be published in the October release of the Forbes magazine with further details.
Bridge Budapest is a non-profit association that has launched the survey in order to prove that in possession of the relevant knowledge and performance it is possible to achieve world-fame even starting from Budapest – be it artistic activity or a global enterprise –, while in Hungary today 90% of young people aged between 20 and 35 consider that it is only personal contacts that have impact on our career and professional success. In the unique international survey organized during the summer of 2014, the leading media and journalists from 12 countries – including the United States, Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey – were asked to vote for and nominate the 10 most influential Hungarian success stories of the world from a list of 50 candidates. The list was compiled independent of politics and it contained names of innovators, sportsmen and women, and artists – including, among others, Gábor Bojár, the founder of Graphisoft, Krisztina Egerszegi, swimming champion, Veronika Harcsa and Márta Sebestyén, singers, Ádám Somlai-Fischer, Péter Árvai, the co-founders of Prezi, Árpád Schilling, director and Bence Máté, nature photographer.
“It is great to see the diverse walks of life and different professional background where people come from. Unfortunately, we often have the feeling that Hungary is a small country and we have a language that is spoken nowhere else in the world and therefore we cannot give as much to the world as we would wish to. This list proves the contrary. I am really positive that more and more Hungarian names will be added to this list, giving evidence that more and more ideas originating from Hungary will reach people all around the world which everyone wants to hear about.” – explained Péter Árvai, co-founder and managing director of Prezi.
The TOP10 list contains the names of the Hungarians who made career on an international scale starting from Hungary. The interviewed journalists mentioned several Hungarians who became famous abroad, such as the co-founder of Intel, Andy Grove, György Soros, investor, Charles Simonyi, businessman and Kati Marton, writer.
Although there are many innovations that originate from Hungary, there are many young people who move abroad hoping that they will make it there. Bridge Budapest’s objective with Top10 – whose founders are successful startup enterprises that launched their business in Hungary (Logmein, NNG, Prezi and Ustream) – is to demonstrate that it is possible to realize your dreams anywhere, even in Hungary, with a good idea, hard work, and luck: these success stories are exemplary. Real recognition of success and talent is measured by the fact that success is considered world-fame not only from Hungary but it really is in itself.