The world\u2019s richest man joins Karl Marx and Nikita Khruschev on a list of non-Chinese making the greatest impact on China, published Thursday by a state-run newspaper\u2019s website.After regularly topping Forbes magazine\u2019s list of the world\u2019s richest people for several years, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates may find fewer peers among "50 foreigners shaping China\u2019s modern development," compiled by People\u2019s Daily Online, the website of the Chinese Communist Party\u2019s official newspaper. Joining him are famous and infamous foreigners, including well-known anti-capitalists Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.The criteria for inclusion included people having their impact on China since 1840, and that the list represented the 50 foreigners who "could doubtlessly best demonstrate the epochal features that China collided with the world."Despite being the list\u2019s only true technologist, Gates may be honored by being included along with Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin. He will perhaps feel more comfortable with other list members including former basketball star Michael Jordan and film director Steven Spielberg, and perhaps even Harland "Colonel" Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, now KFC.However, Gates may wonder if members of the open-source movement or Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison were on the selection committee when he realizes he\u2019s being associated with former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, World War II Japanese monarch Emperor Hirohito, and Okamura Yasuji, who commanded Japanese forces in China during the second World War, one of the most hated figures in Chinese history.The list does not rank the 50 foreigners, merely listing them by date of birth. By Steven Schwankert, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)Related Links:\n\nMicrosoft\u2019s Bill Gates to Leave Day-To-Day Role in 2008\n\nOutfoxing Bill GatesThis article is posted on our Microsoft Informer page. For more news on the Redmond, Wash.-based powerhouse, keep checking in.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.