How TIME selects the most influential people in the world

TIME magazine today revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, with notable entries such as Ivanka Trump, John Legend and 17 year-old LGBT activist Gavin Grimm included on the list.

The list features U.S. President Donald Trump, and other U.S. political figures including Stephen Bannon, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Bob Ferguson, John Lewis, James Mattis, Rebekah Mercer, Tom Perez, Reince Priebus, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, and more.

Other writers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Stephen Colbert, John McCain, Jane Curtin, Samantha Power, Kerry Washington, Ray Kurzweil, Cory Booker, Tim Kaine, America Ferrera, Rita Dove, Ed Sheeran, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 8th time, more than any other person on the list. Other repeats include: Kim Jong Un (7), Vladimir Putin (6), Pope Francis (5), Jeff Bezos (4), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (4), Narenda Modi (3), Elizabeth Warren (4), Janet Yellen (3), Julian Assange (2), Fatou Bensouda (2), James Comey (2), Viola Davis (2), Daniel Ek (2), Melinda Gates (2), LeBron James (2), Alicia Keys (2), John Legend (2), Sandra Day O’Connor (2), Jordan Peele (2), Reince Priebus (2), Juan Manuel Santos (2), Evan Spiegel (2), Donald Trump (2), and Wang Qishan (2).

This year’s list features 40 women, including, Margaret Atwood, Samantha Bee, Simone Biles, Gretchen Carlson, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Fan Bingbing, Melinda Gates, Ashley Graham, Kirsten Green, Barbara Lynch, Sarah Paulson, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Ivanka Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Constance Wu, Janet Yellen, and more.

Activist for LGBT rights, Gavin Grimm, 17, is the youngest person on the list. The oldest person on the list is Sandra Day O’Connor, who is 87.

TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs on the 2017 Time 100 List: “Our annual list of the 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown… Some years the list has the feel of a loose, lively dinner party, people who mostly don’t know each other but would get along if they did.

“This year is a bit more complicated. These past 12 months have sharpened our edges as political debates in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, turned jagged and primal and seem almost perfectly designed to divide us more deeply… And there are several people on the list whose influence is the subject of heated debate, from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to FBI Director James Comey to White House adviser Stephen Bannon.

“Each has champions and critics; all are shap­ing the course of this turbulent year… In divisive times, it’s tempting to nestle in a comfort zone, surrounded by people who look like us, think like us, pray like us, vote like us. Yet many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world.”


The Time 100 Influential People in the World 2017

Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician, activist

David Adjaye, architect

Riz Ahmed, actor

Thelma Aldana, Attorney General of Guatemala

James Allison, immunologist

Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Natalie Batalha and Michaël Gillon, astronomers

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks

Margaret Atwood, novelist

Stephen Bannon, White House Chief Strategist

Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, activist

Samantha Bee, actor, comedian

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

Simone Biles, gymnast

Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour, organizers, Women’s March

Jason Blum, director

Tom Brady, football player, New England Patriots

Gretchen Carlson, advocate for workplace equality, former Fox News anchor

Chance the Rapper, rapper

George Church, geneticist

James Comey, director, FBI

James Corden, host, The Late Late Show with James Corden

Viola Davis, actor

Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines

Ava DuVernay, director

Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO, Spotify

Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey

Fan Bingbing, actor

Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington

Melinda Gates, philanthropist

Donald Glover, actor, writer, rapper

Ashley Graham, model

Glenda Gray, physician and researcher

Kirsten Green, founder, Forerunner Ventures

Gavin Grimm, activist

Demis Hassabis, artificial intelligence pioneer

LeBron James, basketball player, Cleveland Cavaliers

Barry Jenkins, director

Leslie Jones, comedian, actor

Colin Kaepernick, football player

Alicia Keys, singer

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser

John Legend, singer, songwriter

John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, 5th District of Georgia

Leila de Lima, Philippine opposition senator

Jean Liu, president, Didi Chuxing

Demi Lovato, singer

Barbara Lynch, chef, restaurateur

Kerry James Marshall, artist

General James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, U.S.

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Conor McGregor, mixed martial artist

Rebekah Mercer, Republican donor

Alessandro Michele, designer, Gucci

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Neymar, soccer player

Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice, founder, iCivics

Sarah Paulson, actor

Jordan Peele, actor, comedian, filmmaker

Tom Perez, chairman, Democratic National Committee

Ben Platt, actor

Pope Francis, Pontifex

Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Ryan Reynolds, actor

Margot Robbie, actor

RuPaul, television personality

Raed Saleh, head of Syria’s White Helmets

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator, New York

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, entrepreneur, founder, Paytm

Ed Sheeran, singer, songwriter

Cindy Sherman, photographer

Raf Simons, designer, chief creative officer, Calvin Klein

Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force

Evan Spiegel, CEO and co-founder, Snapchat

Emma Stone, actor

Donald Trump, President of the United States

Ivanka Trump, White House special assistant

Dr. Celina Turchi, infectious disease expert

Bernard J. Tyson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Hamdi Ulukaya, entrepreneur, CEO, Chobani

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand

Guus Velders, atmospheric chemist

Margrethe Vestager, antitrust czar, European Union

Jeanette Vizguerra, activist

Wang Qishan, senior leader, Communist Party, China

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts

Colson Whitehead, novelist

Constance Wu, actor

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, General Secretary, Communist Party, China

Janet Yellen, chair, Federal Reserve

Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo

 

 

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