100 Most Influential People in the World.

TIME magazine has revealed the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The issue features six worldwide covers for its April 22 edition, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christine Lagarde and Priyanka Chopra.

The list includes actors, singers, artists, entrepreneurs, military people, clergy, philanthropists and the president of the United States.

This issue spotlights the magazine’s 13th annual installment of the list.

The Time magazine issue includes high-profile authors writing about the members of the list, such as Jennifer Lawrence on Adele, Bill and Melinda Gates on Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, John Kerry on Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Bloomberg on Eli Broad, Lena Dunham on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane von Furstenberg on Karlie Kloss and Misty Copeland on Stephen Curry, to name a few.

TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs: “Each year our Time 100 list lets us step back and measure the forces that move us…. There are world leaders and local activists, artists and athletes, scientists, moguls and a number of people who are running for President of the United States. One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of. They are seekers, with a fearless willingness to be surprised by what they find…. The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach. We can debate those lessons; we don’t have to endorse them or agree with them. But the influence of this year’s TIME 100, to my mind, is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it.”


The list features four U.S. presidential candidates, including Amy Klobuchar on Hillary Clinton, Renee Ellmers on Donald Trump, Robert Reich on Bernie Sanders and Scott Walker on Ted Cruz. Other U.S. political figures include, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, John Kerry and Reince Priebus.

Other writers include Alfonso Cuarón, John McCain, Mario Andretti, Lee Daniels, Robert Redford, Lil Wayne, David Simon, Stephen Hawking, Rachel Maddow, Anthony Bourdain, Tony Romo, Eve Ensler, Donatella Versace, Melissa Etheridge, Ai Weiwei, Lindsey Graham and more.

Barack Obama is on the list for the 11th time, more than any other person on the list. Other repeats include: Hillary Clinton (10), Angela Merkel (8), Xi Jinping (7), Kim Jong Un (6), Aung San Suu Kyi (5), Vladimir Putin (5), Pope Francis (4), Christine Lagarde (4), Mark Zuckerberg (3), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3), Paul Ryan (2), Adele (2), Leonardo DiCaprio (2) and Alan Stern (2).

This year’s list features 40 women, including, Christine Lagarde, Hillary Clinton, Priscilla Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angela Merkel, Kathleen Kennedy, Caitlyn Jenner, Gen. Lori Robinson, Charlize Theron, Taraji P. Henson, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elena Ferrante, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Gina Rodriguez, Nicki Minaj, Marilynne Robinson and more.

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky, 19, is the youngest person on the list. The oldest person on the list is the artist Yayoi Kusama, who is 87.


What Jennifer Lawrence said on Adele: “The way she is able to capture herself, and then in turn us, has turned her into a star that’s not a star we look at, but a giant star with its own gravity that we are drawn to. All of this about her lyrics, and I haven’t even gotten started on the voice—how could I?  It’s once-in-a-­lifetime. All this about her voice and I won’t have time to talk about her intelligence. Her 500-year-old wisdom. Her patience and kindness all wrapped up in the tough skin of a damn gangster…. Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful. Bitch.”

Bill and Melinda Gates on Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: “Priscilla and Mark are curious. Ambitious. Thoughtful. Open-minded and bighearted. Willing to learn and grow. And they care deeply about fixing the inequities they see in the world…. Now they have inspired people around the world by creating the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committing 99% of their wealth to taking on challenges like improving education, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. Changing the world once was not enough for them. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the decades to come.” 

Bono on John Kerry: “The word diplomat retains its 19th century starched-collar gentility, but it’s a bruiser’s game today. Kerry, a lifelong hockey player, has shown he can take it. I had a cycling accident and spent six weeks in bed. Kerry had a cycling accident, and I don’t think he even noticed. The man falls off a truck every day. He gets thrown out of a plane every day. Yet he’s always where he needs to be. Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Lena Dunham on Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Julia’s brand of comedy—­naturalistic lunacy, sharp but never cruel—taught a whole generation of women they were allowed to change the rules and a whole bunch of men that a woman with rough edges was something to desire. Oh, and as a friend? Kind, humble, funny, supportive and never, ever missing a beat. We are lucky to live in the age of JLD. Long may she reign.”

John Kerry on Leonardo DiCaprio: “Leo’s talent is limitless, but his secret has always been pretty simple: he’s real. He does his homework. He knows what he’s talking about…Preparation, authenticity and smarts are at the core of who he is as an artist. But I admire him even more for putting those formidable tools toward becoming such a galvanizing force to protect our planet…. Twenty years ago, Leo captured the hearts of millions of moviegoers by declaring ‘I’m the king of the world!’ Through his work and example, today he’s inspiring many millions more to help save it.”

Wayne Maines on Caitlyn Jenner: “I was a senior in high school when Caitlyn won her gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. Her victory in the decathlon provided a positive role model for our ­nation—and created a hero for me. Having the courage to come out at this stage of her life makes her an even bigger hero. My daughter Nicole is also my hero. As a child, she came out innocently. She didn’t know that people would fear her. Caitlyn did know the consequences of coming out. Because no matter where you come from, how famous you might be or how much money you have, letting America see you in such a vulnerable way is daring and admirable—not self-serving.”

Charleston shooting survivor Jennifer Pickney on Barack Obama: “President Obama and my husband were two God-fearing, charismatic black men dedicated to public service and to their wives and two daughters. They were both voices for the voiceless who got up with smiles when they got knocked down. Of course, there were differences. President Obama loves basketball, and Clem was a terrible athlete!  And, of course, my husband wasn’t the President. He might have gone on to be a bishop or a Congressman. Who knows? As President Obama exhorted us, we hold on to him—all of us, even the President, I believe—because through that love, God is with us.”

Lorne Michaels on Justin Trudeau: “In many ways Canada is no longer the country I grew up in, but when I hear Justin Trudeau talk, it sounds like my Canada again. Bold, clear as a bell and progressive. In politics as in show business, there are three things you need to be successful: talent, discipline and luck. Trudeau clearly has the first two. I wish him luck. I believe he will be a force for good.”

Joe Biden on Pope Francis: “He’s electrified the world because he embodies the basic tenets of Catholic Social Doctrine that also cut across all great faiths—everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity; we have an obligation to help the poor; we have responsibilities to one another and to our planet. And he embodies our collective obligation to give meaning to these universal principles, that faith is a gift revealed not just in what we believe but also in what we do together.” 

J.J. Abrams on Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Like Alexander Hamilton, Miranda is a powerful reminder that greatness comes from unlikely places…. Knowing the man, experiencing his exuberance and dazzle up close, is as delightful as the show itself. His wit would be intimidating if not for his natural and infectious charm. Somehow he is as generous, collaborative and lovable as he is innovative and brilliant…. It’s thrilling to consider how lucky we are to be in his audience, anticipating his next concoction, with his Hamilton’s promise echoing in our heads: ‘And there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait… Just you wait.’”

Misty Copeland on Stephen Curry: “My definition of a role model is someone who maximizes his potential to push the boundaries of his circumstances with passion, purpose, integrity and the sensitivity to know that he is setting an example for others along the way. Stephen Curry is a true role model. I can relate to his ‘underdog’ story. He is showing us all how with belief in yourself, hard work and dedication, it is possible to achieve your dreams, prove your doubters wrong, and go from an underdog to a Warrior.”

Rachel Maddow on Flint, Michigan, whistle-blowers Mona Hanna-Attisha and Marc Edwards: “What happened to Flint is one simple story: a city got poisoned because the state government screwed up…. Residents knew something was wrong right away, but to get anyone to listen, it took civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards blowing the whistle on lead in the water and then Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local pediatrician, testing Flint’s kids, proving they’d been poisoned. Up against official ignorance and indifference, Edwards and Hanna-Attisha were right, they were brave, and they were insistent. Flint is still a crime scene, but these two caring, tough researchers are the detectives who cracked the case.”

Dwayne Johnson on Priyanka Chopra: “It’s an amazing time to watch as she pierces the U.S. market. She has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. When I look at her success from the 50,000-ft. view and see everything that Priyanka has already done, is currently doing and has the desire and the bandwidth to do, I can see that her impact is going to be invaluable.”

David Simon on Idris Elba: “Truth was I felt sanguine about ending Stringer Bell’s arc in the third season of The Wire. For one thing, it made sense thematically to impale both Bell and Bunny Colvin simultaneously on the horns of reform. For another, I knew Elba, as true a leading man as I’d ever encountered, was not going to starve.”

Guillermo del Toro on Alejandro González Iñárritu: “A career in cinema is a boxing match—a complicated, dynamic exchange of blows with reality, financing and egos. Sometimes you win, but sometimes you’re on the ropes or the countdown, and preserving your vision requires a strange mix of fragility, as an artist, and resilience, as a professional. Alejandro always finds the balance, perhaps because after each of his films, many filled with an almost Old Testament fury, he retreats to a place where he can find silence and renew himself after struggling with his endeavors.” 

Renee Ellmers on Donald Trump: “Trump has been a force of nature in business and politics for decades because he isn’t afraid to challenge the norms set by status quo leaders. Sure, he’s confrontational, but his hard-nosed style is what has enabled him to turn a $1 million loan into billions and what has made him the likely Republican nominee for President of the United States. Frankly, the U.S. is in desperate need of a leader like Trump who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo and ruffle the appropriate feathers in order to get our country back on the right track.”

Amy Klobuchar on Hillary Clinton: “In 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. With 160,000 dead, the country was in chaos. Somewhere in the rubble were dozens of orphans set to be adopted by families in my state. Records were destroyed, protocols abandoned. Yet distraught Minnesota moms were on the ground, looking for their children. When they called me, I called the only person I knew would help: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She didn’t pawn it off or think it too small. She went to work. She got those babies home… That’s the Hillary I know—the friend who takes the call, the public servant who listens and acts, the mom who makes sure it gets done right. She has a spine of steel and a work ethic to match America’s.”

Scott Kelly on Lester Holt: “Watching the nightly news from space can be kind of a disturbing experience…Having been on the International Space Station during this crazy election season made me think, Seriously? What are you people thinking down there? So it’s good to have someone you can turn to for news that you know is not biased. Lester Holt is that person…. People liked Walter Cronkite because they trusted what he had to say, and Lester is from that same mold.”

Tina Fey on Ronda Rousey: “I fell in love with Ronda Rousey when she announced to the world that she was not a ‘Do-Nothing Bitch.’… [Ronda] explains that every muscle in her body serves a purpose and the way she looks is just a by-product. Imagine if we could teach our daughters to value their bodies for what they can do, not for how others think they look. Could Ronda be the one to finally help us understand that as females, we define the word feminine and that it doesn’t define us? If we don’t listen, can she dislocate our arms at the elbow?” LINK

Diane von Furstenberg on Karlie Kloss: “Passionate and fearless, Karlie has also become a full-fledged entrepreneur… As a model, a businesswoman, a young philanthropist and a force on social media, she doesn’t just connect with her generation—she leads it, inspiring young women around the world to become the women they want to be, just as she has done so beautifully.”

Tony Romo on Jordan Spieth: “Jordan possesses rare competitive greatness that he somehow shuts off when the setting calls for it. And his graciousness toward others is genuine and real. He is the standard by which our heroes should be measured. Enjoy watching this kid grow up. He will fail and he will succeed, but more than anything, he will make you remember what our heroes are meant to look like. On and off the field.”

Ridley Scott on Palmer Luckey: “Virtual reality is no longer the future. It is here now, and we saw first-hand, while working with Palmer Luckey and his team at Oculus on The Martian VR, how VR has opened up a new world of storytelling. The technology Palmer has shepherded has made it possible to experience storytelling in ways we previously could only imagine.” 

Elton John on Darren Walker: “His life story gives us hope, and his life’s work is changing the language of philanthropy, from ‘them’ and ‘they’ to ‘us’ and ‘we.’ Since being named president of the Ford Foundation, Darren has charted a radical goal for one of the world’s largest and most influential charitable organizations: conquering inequality. His leadership is authentic, and his focus on equality is nothing short of revolutionary, a clarion call for the world of philanthropy, and an inspiration to those of us working for a more just and loving world.”

Donatella Versace on Riccardo Tisci: “What does it take to be an influencer in 21st century fashion?…. You need to be an agitator, a rebel, someone who pushes boundaries and defies convention, someone who brings together fashion with art and other cultures. That is what makes Riccardo Tisci one of the most important figures in fashion right now.” 


Adele, singer, songwriter

Aziz Ansari, comedian

Binny Bansal & Sachin Bansal, co-founders, Flipkart

Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist

Gael García Bernal, actor, activist

Mohammed bin Nayef, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Usain Bolt, champion sprinter

Eli Broad, entrepreneur, philanthropist

Dan Carder, engineer

Roy Choi, chef, entrepreneur

Priyanka Chopra, actor

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, presidential candidate

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer

James Comey, director, FBI

Ryan Coogler, director

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator, Texas, presidential candidate

Stephen Curry, basketball player, Golden State Warriors

Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, environmentalist

Jaha Dukureh, founder, Safe Hands for Girls, advocate

Idris Elba, actor

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

Dr. Laura Esserman & Dr. Shelley Hwang, surgical oncologists

Elena Ferrante, author

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Pope Francis, Pontifex

Ariana Grande, singer

Guo Pei, designer

Nikki Haley, Governor, South Carolina

Lewis Hamilton, driver, Formula One

Mona Hanna-Attisha & Marc Edwards, pediatrician, researcher

Taraji P. Henson, actor

François Hollande, President of France

Lester Holt, anchor, NBC Nightly News

Alejandro González Iñárritu, director

Bjarke Ingels, architect

Oscar Isaac, actor

Hope Jahren, geobiologist, author

Caitlyn Jenner, activist, reality star

Jin Liqun, president, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Dwayne Johnson, actor, producer, entertainer

Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie), entertainer, YouTube star

Karlie Kloss, model, entrepreneur

Yayoi Kusama, artist

Christine Lagarde, director, International Monetary Fund

Kendrick Lamar, rapper

Katie Ledecky, swimmer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actor

Palmer Luckey, inventor, founder, Oculus Rift

Sean MacFarland, General, United States Army

Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina

Melissa McCarthy, actor, designer

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Yuri Milner, venture capitalist

Nicki Minaj, singer, rapper

Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor, creator, Hamilton

Sania Mirza, tennis player

Sergio Moro, federal judge, Brazil

Denis Mukwege, gynecologist, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencer

Nadia Murad, advocate

Sunita Narain, environmentalist

Diana Natalicio, president, University of Texas at El Paso

Kathy Niakan, developmental biologist

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Raj Panjabi, co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health

Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Reince Priebus, chairman, Republican National Committee

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, activist

Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Gina Rodriguez, actor

Lori Robinson, General,United States Air Force

Marilynne Robinson, novelist

Ronda Rousey, ultimate fighter

Paul Ryan, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Mark Rylance, actor

Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator, Vermont, presidential candidate

Jordan Spieth, golfer

Alan Stern, astrophysicist

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician

Charlize Theron, actor, activist

Kip Thorne, astrophysicist

Riccardo Tisci, designer, Givenchy

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Donald Trump, chairman and president, The Trump Organization, presidential candidate

Tsai Ing-wen, President-elect, Taiwan

Tu Youyou, chemist

Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation, philanthropist

Wang Jianlin, Chinese businessman

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

Mussie Zerai, activist, Roman Catholic priest

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan, philanthropists, founder and CEO, Facebook, pediatrician

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