Today on Planet 100: Top 5 Most Powerful Vegans (Video)

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The ever-increasing number of vegan and vegetarian athletes prove: You don't need meat to reach your full performance potential. And the power of the vegan diet is not only tested on the track and field. From politicians to media moguls, vegans set policy and shape the world—all on a plant-based diet.

With Dennis Kucinich set to publish a vegan cookbook, Planet 100 takes a look at the top five most powerful vegans.Planet 100: Top 5 Surprising Vegan Super Heroes

5. Dennis Kucinich

The Congressman from Ohio, Dennis Kucinich, has penned a vegan cookbook under the working title, The Cleveland Diet.

The former Presidential nominee has been a devout vegan for 15 years. He recently persuaded the head of the Committee on House Administration to include vegan options in the congressional cafeteria. But Kucinich, didn't go vegan for political gain or health, he did it for love.

Via: Businessweek, Ecorazzi

4. Steve Wynn

Las Vegas based casino magnate, Steve Wynn, has become an unlikely advocate for plant-based cuisine.

Wynn converted to veganism overnight after watching Eating, a documentary which extols the virtues of a strict meat- and oil-free diet. Wynn made 10,000 copies for his employees, explaining: "If they're sick, we're picking up the tab. If I can keep them healthier, I'm acting like a smart businessman."

Via: Las Vegas Weekly

3. Russell Simmons

For the successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Def Jam records, becoming a vegan was the right thing to do. Simmons feels a vegan diet causes less harm to our environment and feels passionately about not being part of the abuse of 10 billion farm animals in America every year.

Via: Diets In Review

2. Biz Stone

Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, worth an estimated one billion dollars, is a vegan powerhouse of the social media world.

In the year 2000, Stone went to visit Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue organization with a location in upstate New York, and returned a vegan. Twitter's San Francisco headquarters provides free vegan lunches to its employees and Stone is lobbying for vegetarian meals in school lunches.

Via: Animals Change

1. Bill Clinton

In at number one, vegans can celebrate their newest convert, none other than former President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Using Chelsea's wedding as the trigger to lose weight, Clinton was also concerned about the two heart stents he had to have put in earlier in the year. Research revealed that people who adopt a plant-based diet are able better to heal themselves. Going back to his high school weight was a bonus for the ex-Prez.

Via: Newser
Read more: Bill Clinton Drops Meat, Dairy, and 24 Pounds
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