Time's '100 Most Influential'

Time’s “100 Most Influential Persons” issue is on the stands and as intriguing as ever. Since I could find no actual LIST of the 100, I decided to compile one for you, dear reader.

What can I say? I’m a list lover. So, who are these people Time believes most influence the lives of others?

Of the 100, I recognized only 33 – or one-third.

I don’t know about you, but if these people are influencing my life, I want to know who they are. So, over the last few days I’ve read each of the 100 profiles online. They are brief enough and often the writer is as interesting as the designee. Imagine Michael Moore writing about Bernie Madoff. Or, J. K. Rowling profiling the British prime minister!

One on the list, David Sheff, would never have rung a bell, except that I had just listened to his book, “Beautiful Boy,” picked by Entertainment Weekly as best nonfiction book of 2008. Having read his book, I fully understand Sheff’s influence on a tragically growing segment of society.

In many instances, I knew the designee’s (or the profile writer’s) influence without having known his or her name.

The list of 100 follows. There is a link at the bottom which will take you to the first profile – Teddy Kennedy. To access individual names, without going through the entire list, here’s a trick:

Google the designee’s name, thusly, “Boris Johnson, Time’s 100 Most Influential” and that will link you to each individual’s profile.

Feeling a little more informed and without further ado:



1 – Edward Kennedy by Arnold Swartzenegger
2 – Gordon Brown by J.K. Rowling
3 – Christine Legarde by Timothy Geithner
4 – Thomas Dart by Judge Abner Mikya
5 – Avigdor Liebermann by Bennie Morris
6 – Joaquin Guzman by Tim Padgett
7 – Nouri al-Maliki by Zalmay Khalilzad
8 – Hillary Clinton by Madeleine K. Albright
9 - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by Anwar Ibrahim
10- Boris Johnson by Conrad Black
11 – Norah al-Faiz by Liz Cheney
12 – Elizabeth Warren by Josh Marshall
13 – Paul Kagame by Rick Warren
14 - Nicolas Sarkozy by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
15 – Angela Merkel by Michael Elliott
16 – Wang Qishan by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
17 - Xi Jinping by Joshua Cooper Ramo
18 David McKiernan by General Wesley K. Clark
19 – Ashfan Kayani by Admiral Mike Mullen
20 – Barack Obama by Gordon Brown


21 – The Twitter Guys by Ashton Kutcher
22 – T. Boone Pickens by Ted Turner
23 – Ted Turner by T. Boone Pickens
24 – Tessa Ross by Danny Boyle
25 – Carlos Slim by Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
26 – Brad Pitt by James Carville and Mary Matalin
27 – Meredith Whitney by Henry Blodget
28 – Suze Orman by Suzy Welch
29 – Lauren Zalaznick by Martha Stewart
30 - Timothy Geithner by Massimo Calabresi
31 - Nandan Nilekani by Vikas Swarup
32 – Stella McCartney by Gwyneth Paltrow
33 - Jamie Dimon by Dylan Ratigan
34 – Sheila Bair by Patricia Sellers
35 – moot by Rick Astley
36 - Alexander Medvedev by Dmitri Trenin
37 – Alan Mulally by Steve Ballmer
38 – Robin Chase by Craig Newmark
39 – Jack Ma by Adi Ignatius
40 – Bernie Madoff by Michael Moore


41 – Rush Limbaugh by Glenn Beck
42 – M.I.A. by Spike Jonze
43 – Sam and Dan Houser by Matt Selman
44 – Kate Winslet by Peter Jackson
45 – Warner Herzog by Roger Ebert
46 – William Kentridge by Lou Reed
47 – Penelope Cruz by Sir Ben Kingsley
48 – Lang Lang by Herbie Hancock
49 – John Legend by Quincy Jones
50 - Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio by David Rockwell
51 - Gustavo Dudamel by Peter Gelb
52 – Jeff Kinney by Forrest Simpson
53 – Tavis Smiley by Charlie Rose
54 – The View by Michael Bloomberg
55 – Zac Efron by Claire Danes
56 – Tina Fey by Alec Baldwin
57 – Tom Hanks by Meg Ryan
58 – Jay Leno by Jimmy Fallon
59 - A.R. Rahman by Padma Lakshmi
60 - Judith Jamison by S. Epatha Merkerson


61 – Michelle Obama by Oprah Winfrey
62 – Chesley B. Sullenberger by Gen. Chuck Yeager
63 – Richard Phillips by Chesley B. Sullenberger
64 – Seth Barkley by Sergey Brin
65 – Michael Eavis by Chris Martin
66 – Leonard Abess by Jeb Bush
67 - Hadizatou Mani by Zainab Salbi
68 – Rick Warren by Nancy Gibbs
69 – Van Jones by Leonardo DiCaprio
70 – Somaly Mam by Angelina Jolie
71 – Rafael Nadal by Serena Williams
72 - Suraya Pakzad by Khaled Hosseini
73 – Jeff Bezos by Bill Gates
74 – Tiger Woods by Roger Federer
75 – George Clooney by Bono
76 – Brady Gustafson by Mark Thompson
77 – Sister Mary Scullion by Elizabeth Gilbert
78 – Oprah Winfrey by Diane Sawyer
79 – Sarah Palin by Ann Coulter
80 - Manny Pacquiao by Lennox Lewis


81 - Nouriel Roubini by Paul Krugman
82 – Amory Lovins by Carl Pope
83 – Jon Favreau by Ted Sorensen
84 – Dambisa Moyo by Paul Wolfowitz
85 – Dan Barber by Ferran Adria
86 – Yoichiro Nambu by Walter Isaacson
87 – Roland Fryer by Michelle Rhee
88 – Martin Lindstrom by Chris Anderson
89 – Barbara Hogan by Sharon Stone
90 – David Sheff by Dr. Nora Volkow
91 – Steven Chu by Bill McKibben
92 – Paul Krugman by Mark Zandi
93 - Connie Hedegaard by Eileen Claussen
94 – Daniel Nocera by Fred Krupp
95 - Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller by J. Craig Venter
96 - Nicholas Christakis by Dan Ariely
97 – Doug Melton by Orrin Hatch
98 – Paul Ekman by Jill Bolte Taylor
99 – Shai Agassi by Alan Salzman
100 – Nate Silver by Bill James

To read all the profiles, start HERE and click “next” after each.


Just curious, how many designees did you recognize?


Frodo Antagonistes said...

Disagree. How could Bristol Palin, Paris Hilton, Miss California USA, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson be left off such a list? Cumulatively, they devour 85% of all the on-air broacasting subject matter in America.

airth10 said...

How about Rush Limburger? I didn't see him on the list.

B.J. said...

He’s there! No. 41 under “Artists & Entertainers.”

airth10 said...

Didn't expect to see him there.

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