Friday, April 20, 2012

Time Magazine's 100 most influential people 2012 revealed


On Wednesday April 18'12, Time Magazine has released its list of the 100 most influential people in 2012. The list includes politicians, entertainment figures and sports stars. Among them: Barack Obama; Mitt Romney; Hillary Clinton; Warren Buffett; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Pippa Middleton; Tim Tebow; Jeremy Lin and Matt Lauer.

The magazine said it picked people "who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world." And not always for the better. Included on the list were Syrian president Bashar Assad, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and spiritual leader of the Taliban Mullah Mohammed Omar. Somali Islamic militant Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr was included in the "rogues gallery" too. Anonymous, the controversial Internet "hacktivist" collective, won the magazine's online poll for its inclusion on the 2012 list.

There are 38 women on the 2012 list, more than any other year, Time said. Adele, Rihanna and "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig made it, while singer Lana Del Rey--the Internet sensation who had been nominated--did not.

As with any list, there were other snubs: Romney and fellow Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul were selected, but Newt Gingrich was not. Stephen Colbert, Time decided, was more influential than Jon Stewart. There were a few questionable--though not unworthy--inclusions with ties to Time. Former editor Walter Isaacson, who penned Time's cover story on Steve Jobs' death--made the list for his biography of the late Apple founder. Mashable founder Pete Cashmore—whose site was rumored to be close to a sale to Time-corporate sibling CNN earlier this year--made the list for the first time.

As has become traditional, Time solicited essays about honorees from fellow luminaries. Obama wrote about Buffett and Lin about Tebow: Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect.


But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.

TIME 100: THE FULL 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 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 Dolan
  • 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 Colb
  • Kim Jong Un
  • Mullah Mohammed Omar
  • Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr
  • Bashar Assad


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