Update: Readers' Choice Awards winners.
Three former or current government officeholders, a musician and a journalist are the 2013 nominees in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards for the most admired person who speaks Spanish. Three come from South America, one from Central America and one from the United States. Two are women.
The nominees and selected comments made by nominators are:
- Óscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize. "He is a brilliant negotiator and politician. He is a genius and a humanitarian."
- Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and executive director of U.N. Women. "She's done incredible things as president of Chile (first woman!), but instead of choosing to sit back and relax now, she's leading U.N. Women."
- Raúl Benoit, journalist. Nominated "for his bravery in exposing the paramilitary and drug trade underground in Colombia."
- Gustavo Dudamel, music conductor. "He is a brilliant, passionate conductor who has been the music director of the L.A. Philharmonic, has conducted at the Vienna & Berlin Philharmonic, and has brought outreach programs to bring orchestral music to children."
- Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice. "Her remarkable autobiography, available in English and Spanish, reveals the almost impossible odds this Latina overcame to achieve what she has. She is a woman of great brilliance, surpassing accomplishments and above all profound integrity."
You can vote on this page once per day through March 19, 2013. The winner will be announced the following week. Feel free to discuss the nominees below.
And be sure to check out the Readers' Choice Awards nominees in other categories!