Matt Lauer Google's Most-Searched Person in 2017; Melania Trump #7

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 14, 2017 | 4:24 PM EST

Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer Google's most-searched person in 2017 (Screenshot)

Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC’s “Today” show for inappropriate sexual behavior, was the most-searched person on Google in 2017, the Internet giant says.

Two other media personalities fired for sexual misconduct - movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (#4) and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey (#5) – also made the top 10 names searched globally on Google.

President Donald Trump did not make the top 10 – but, his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, was the seventh-most searched person on Google.

The top 10 most-searched people globally in 2017, via Google, are:

  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Nadia Toffa
  4. Harvey Weinstein
  5. Kevin Spacey
  6. Gal Gadot
  7. Melania Trump
  8. Floyd Mayweather
  9. Michael Flynn
  10. Philippe Countinho

Here are the number one most-searched terms in 2017 for each of the categories reported by Google:

All Searches: Hurricane Irma

People: Matt Lauer

Global News: Hurricane Irma

Actors: Meghan Markle

Consumer Tech: iPhone 8

Elections: French election

Global Sporting Events: Wimbledon

How to…: How to make slime

Losses: Tom Petty

Memes: Cash Me Outside Meme

Musicians and Bands: Ariana Grande

Recipe: Chicken breast recipe

Movies: IT

TV Shows: Stranger Things

Songs/Lyrics: Despacito

See Google’s top 10 for each list here.


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