Benjamin Svetkey
September 01, 2010 AT 09:58 PM EDT

Image Credit: Christian Alminana/WireImage.com; Merrick MortonFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may not be thrilled by his character in David Fincher’s upcoming film about the creation of the revolutionary website — he complained that The Social Network was “fiction” during a recent on-stage interview — but being portrayed as a flawed genius by Jesse Eisenberg apparently has its upside. Vanity Fair just announced that the 26-year-old billionaire was at the very top of its list of the 100 most influential people of the Information Age. Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s leadership came in second and third, while old school mogul Rupert Murdoch was stuck behind in fourth place. Chances are, Vanity Fair would have picked Zuckerberg anyway — it’s not everyday somebody invents a while new interactive medium — but we can’t help but think that a little Hollywood stardust pushed him over the finish line. Which makes us wonder, PopWatchers: How many of you had heard of Mark Zuckerberg before you saw those awesome Social Network trailers?

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