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:
Barbara Van Dahlen
Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani
U Thein Sein
Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Juan Manuel Santos
Portia Simpson Miller
Maria das Graças Silva Foster
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton
To see what tribute was given to each person, go to the TIME website.