The TIME 100 Most Influential list: Accolades, humor and surprises
By April MacIntyre Apr 18, 2012, 14:40 GMT
On the list: Kristen Wiig © Mario Santoro / PR Photos
Did your favorite person make the list?
Today, TIME reveals the TIME 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list appears in the first ever perfect-bound edition of TIME.
Managing Editor Rick Stengel says, “The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world…. Now [one] can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier—or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable.”
The ninth-annual list includes: President Barack Obama on Warren Buffett, Bill Bain on Governor Mitt Romney, Howard Stern on Matt Lauer, Garry Trudeau on Stephen Colbert, Valerie Plame Wilson on Claire Danes, Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein, Al Gore on Tim Cook, Stella McCartney on Rihanna, Cicely Tyson on Viola Davis, Alyssa Milano on Pete Cashmore, Robert Gates on Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush on Marco Rubio, Judd Apatow on Kristen Wiig, Pink on Adele, Jeremy Lin on Tim Tebow, Ralph Nader on Ron Paul, and many more.
The list is divided into five categories: Moguls, Breakouts, Icons, Pioneers and Leaders.
The TIME 100 includes 54 international figures from 37 countries, more than any previous TIME 100 and the first time that there are more international names on the list than American. Some of the notable international names include: Benjamin Netanyahu, Lionel Messi, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, Dilma Rousseff, Wang Yang, Xi Jinping, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, René Redzepi and many more.
- There are 38 women on the 2012 TIME 100, more than ever before.
- The list features US political figures from both sides of the aisle. Democrats include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, and Republicans include Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Marco Rubio.
- The list includes several controversial figures, including Syrian President Bashar Assad, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, and Somali Islamic militant Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr.
- The winner of the TIME.com TIME 100 poll was Anonymous, the network of Internet activists, which received more than 395,000 “Yes” votes. As winner of the poll, they are included on the official TIME 100.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TIME 100 PROFILES:
Matt Lauer by Howard Stern: "We all wondered, Was it over? It’s over, it’s over, he’s losing his hair! It’s got to be over! But we were wrong! … He was still the smartest, the strongest, the classiest…. No wonder NBC is paying someone $25 million a year and it ain’t me!"
Rihanna by Stella McCartney: "She’s one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride…. This is the beginning for Rihanna…. She is just getting going, so watch out. "
Warren Buffett by Barack Obama: "[Warren] uses his stature as a leader to press others of great means to do the same. The Sage of Omaha has handed down plenty of lessons over the years. Today, at 81, he reminds us that life is not just about the value you seek. It’s about the values you stand for."
Tim Tebow by Jeremy Lin: "[Tim] is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out…. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that."
Sarah Burton by Sarah Jessica Parker: "She did the undoable. A royal wedding dress that could never live up to the impossible dream. But it did. The whole world gasped in astonishment and sighed in reverie as she made one young woman’s fantasy a reality for everyone."
Harvey Weinstein by Johnny Depp: "There are producers, and then there are producers. Harvey belongs to the latter batch…. Harvey isn’t afraid of a duke-’em-out. (I’ve had the pleasure of being both his ally and his enemy at various times.) He stops at nothing for what he believes in."
Adele by Pink: "There are a few artists in my life who I can think back and remember where I was when I first heard them…. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste—that we still occasionally come back to what’s simple, and simply amazing."
Claire Danes by Valerie Plame Wilson: "Danes breathes life and realism into a character who, for once, goes against the clichés of what a female CIA officer is supposed to do and look like…. Carrie may be an improbable CIA agent, but Danes’ finely calibrated, deliberate and nuanced portrait of her is breathtaking."
Mitt Romney by Bill Bain: "As founder and CEO [of Bain & Co.], I liked being first in the office when that was practical. On Mitt’s first day, he arrived first. I came in earlier the next day, and there he was again… Mitt’s work ethic, analytical mind and devotion to family and country are a cocktail for success."
Chelsea Handler by Kathy Griffin: "Look, I don’t know how Chelsea Handler does it. Chelsea presides over her own media empire—talk show, sitcom, books—all while sharing a network with Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians. To hell with the Time 100; she should be Person of the Year just for putting up with Khloe."
Sarah Blakely by Katie Couric: "The comic irony of Spanx is that the woman who became a billionaire after inventing them doesn’t even need them…. Luckily for Sara Blakely, 41, plenty of us had a little junk in our trunks…. Despite the naysayers, with just $5,000 and a great idea she proved that you don’t need an M.B.A. to know what women want and how to market it."
Tim Cook by Al Gore: "Like the great conductor George Szell, Cook knows that his commitment to excellence is inseparable from the incredible ensemble he leads at Apple. Szell was noted for saying, 'We begin where others leave off.' Cook’s chance has come. What a beginning!"
Marco Rubio by Jeb Bush: "I knew there was something special about Marco Rubio when I first met him…. Bilingual and bicultural, he represents the best of the emerging second generation of Cuban immigrants. His ascendancy in politics has not surprised me or the people who know him."
Cecile Richards by Sandra Fluke: "[Richards is] my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged for speaking out on an issue she has been working on every day for years…. As we look to inspire the next generation of women to join this fight, we’re fortunate to have Cecile as our mentor."
Salman Khan by Bill Gates: "I’ve used Khan Academy with my kids, and I’m amazed at the breadth of Sal’s subject expertise and his ability to make complicated topics understandable. Sal Khan is a true education pioneer. He started by posting a math lesson, but his impact on education might truly be incalculable."
THE LOOK AT THE TIME 100 LIST:
Cami Anderson, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Marc Andreessen, Venture capitalist; Founder, Andreessen Horowitz
José Andrés, Chef and activist
Anonymous, Internet collective; winner of TIME.com's 2012 TIME 100 poll
Bashar Assad, President of Syria [Rogues' Gallery]
Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal
Eike Batista, President, EBX Group; Brazil's richest man
Fatou Bensouda, Incoming Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx
Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Sarah Burton, Creative Director, Alexander McQueen
Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO, Mashable
Jessica Chastain, Actor
Iftikhar Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court
Louis CK, Comedian
Hillary Clinton,United States Secretary of State
Stephen Colbert, Host, The Colbert Report
Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder, Give an Hour
Ray Dalio, CEO and Founder, Bridgewater Associates
Claire Danes, Actor
Viola Davis, Actor
Ahmet Davutolgu, Foreign Minister of Turkey
Novak Djokovic, Tennis player
Timothy Dolan, Cardinal; Archbishop of NewYork
Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank
Maryam Durani, Afghan activist; radio station owner and operator
Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify
Asghar Farhadi, Director, A Separation
Ali Ferzat, Syrian political cartoonist
Maria das Graças Silva Foster, CEO, Petrobras
Ron Fouchier, Virologist
Rached Ghannouchi, Tunisian activist
Anjali Gopalan, Indian activist
Robert Grant, AIDS researcher
Harold Hamm, Founder, Continental Resources
Chelsea Handler, Comedian
Freeman Hrabowski,President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Samira Ibrahim, Egyptian activist
Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs; founder, The Aspen Institute
E.L. James, Author, 50 Shades of Grey
Xi Jinping, Vice President of China
Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria
Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International monetary Fund
Matt Lauer, Host, NBC's TODAY Show
Chen Lihua, Founder and Chairman, Fuwah International Group; China's richest woman
Jeremy Lin, Point guard, New York Knicks
Andrew Lo, Economist
Christian Marclay, Artist, The Clock
Erik Martin, General Manager, Reddit
Dulce Matuz, President, Arizona Dream Act Coalition
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Lionel Messi, Football player, FC Barcelona
Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Pippa Middleton, Sister of the Duchess of Cambridge
Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy
Alexei Navalny, Blogger and activist
BenjaminNetanyahu,Prime Minister of Israel
SharmeenObaid-Chinoy, Oscar-winning filmmaker of Saving Face
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Mullah Mohammed Omar, Spiritual leader of the Taliban [Rogues' Gallery]
Elinor Ostrom, Economist
Ann Patchett, Novelist
Ron Paul, U.S. Congressman, 14th District of Texas; Republican Presidential candidate
Oscar Pistorius, Double amputee sprinter
Ai-Jen Poo, Founder, Domestic Workers Alliance
Ben Rattray, Founder, Change.org
René Redzepi, Chef, Noma
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood
Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidate, former Governor of Massachusetts
Hans Rosling, Statistician
Dilma Rousseff,President of Brazil
Marco Rubio,U.S. Senator, Florida
Raphael Saadiq, Singer
Donald Sadoway,Professor, MIT
Sheryl Sandberg,COO, Facebook
Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
Henrik Schärfe, Roboticist
U Thein Sein, President of Burma
Manal al-Sharif, Saudi activist
Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Tilda Swinton, Actor
Tim Tebow, Quarterback, New York Jets
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