As Powerlaw aficionados know, you can find my canonical curve everywhere in human affairs, from word use (Zipf) to wealth distribution (Pareto). So it should come as no surprise that there's a powerlaw distribution of personal popularity, celebrity and individual power, too. What might come as a surprise, however, is that it can even be found in the Bible.
Daniel Foster, from Logos (a Bible software company), writes to explain:
In trying to prioritize some work on a database of all named entities in the Bible, Logos information architect Sean Boisen came up with a numeric weighting system that enabled him to rank all the people in the Bible in order of importance. He based this on frequency of mention along with book and chapter dispersion of mentions.
As you may guess, the names formed a Zipfian Distribution, with 1634 of the 2987 names occurring exactly once in the Bible and the 59 most frequent names accounting for about half of all name mentions in the Bible.
And this is what it looks like. Jesus, unsurprisingly, is #1.