TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List 2012

TIME's 100 Most Influential People List

Time magazine announced their 100 most influential people in the world for 2012 on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Among the list was entertainers, political leaders, comedians, athletes, scientists, writers, and CEO’s.

This years 100 most influential list included 54 international figures from 37 different countries and several controversial figures. The list is divided into five categories: Moguls, Breakouts, Icons, Pioneers and Leaders and compiled from an online poll of readers.

How does TIME pick the 100 most influential people? They report on the website, “They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s TIME 100.”

This year’s most influential list included 38 women. That’s more than ever for the TIME’s influential list. TIME first launched the list in 1999 and since then has included only a few repeat influential people under specific categories, like Oprah Winfrey.

Each person on the list is accompanied by a tribute to him/her written by another notable figure.

Time managing editor Rick Stengel said, “The list was about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world. No 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.”

TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List:

Jeremy Lin
Christian Marclay
Viola Davis
Salman Khan
Tim Tebow
E.L. James
Louis CK
Rihanna
Marco Rubio
Ali Ferzat
René Redzepi
Kristen Wiig
Anthony Kennedy
Novak Djokovic
Ben Rattray
Jessica Chastain
Yani Tseng
Raphael Saadiq
Elinor Ostrom
Samira Ibrahim
José Andrés
Ann Patchett
Dulce Matuz
Henrik Schärfe
Freeman Hrabowski
Maryam Durani
Manal al-Sharif
Anjali Gopalan
Rached Ghannouchi
Barbara Van DahlenBarbara Van Dahlen
Ron Fouchier
Donald Sadoway
Hans Rosling
Asghar Farhadi
Sarah Burton
Anonymous
Pete Cashmore
Cami Anderson
Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu
Ai-jen Poo
Marc Andreessen
Preet Bharara
Robert Grant
Andrew Lo
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Alexei Navalny
Ray Dalio
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani
Chelsea Handler
Harvey Weinstein
Chen Lihua
Warren Buffett
Alice Walton
Harold Hamm
Sheryl Sandberg
Sara Blakely
Tim Cook
Eike Batista
Daniel Ek
Virginia Rometty
Barack Obama
Goodluck Jonathan
Xi Jinping
Fatou Bensouda
Christine Lagarde
Mario Draghi
U Thein Sein
Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Mitt Romney
Juan Manuel Santos
Timothy DolanAndrew Cuomo
Portia Simpson Miller
Mario Monti
Wang Yang
Maria das Graças Silva Foster
Andrew Cuomo
Iftikhar Chaudhry
Mamata Banerjee
Walter Isaacson
Ron Paul
Benjamin Netanyahu
Dilma Rousseff
Erik Martin
Cecile Richards
Angela Merkel
Lionel Messi
Tilda Swinton
Hillary Clinton
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton
Adele
Matt Lauer
Oscar Pistorius
Claire Danes
Stephen Colbert

To see what tribute was given to each person, go to the TIME website.

Time’s 100 Influential People

1 Comment on "TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List 2012"

  1. What a crock……………..

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