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TIME Announces 100 Most Influential People

Allison Schonter | PopWrapped Author

Allison Schonter

04/21/2017 5:38 pm
PopWrapped | Celebrities
TIME Announces 100 Most Influential People | Most Influential People

TIME released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People Thursday. Every year the list, which features people from all walks of life, is created to showcase those individuals who have had the most impact in the world.

This year’s list honors the likes of popular artists Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Oscar winners Viola Davis and Emma Stone. The youngest, Gavin Grimm, who is only 17, is an activist for LGBT rights, while the oldest, Sandra Day O’Connor, 87, is the first female Supreme Court Justice.

Each nominee was the subject of an essay written by another notable figure which pays tribute to the nominee. “Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank,” Taylor Swift writes of friend and fellow artist Ed Sheeran. “A few years ago, in a rare moment of admitting feeling defeated, Ed said to me, ‘I’m never going to win a Grammy.’ ‘Yes, you are, I said. You’re going to sweep the whole thing one of these years.’ It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance-shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, ‘You have to hear this.’ It was a song he’d just finished called ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016.”

Check out the full list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People below and the essays that accompany them.


Barbara Lynch
Bob Ferguson
Celina Turchi
Chance The Rapper
Conor McGregor
Constance Wu
Demis Hassabis
Gavin Grimm
Glenda Gray
Guus Velders
Hamdi Ulukaya
Ivanka Trump
Jared Kushner
Jordan Peele
Kirsten Green
Natalie Batalha, Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Michaël Gillon
Riz Ahmed
Samantha Bee
Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour
Yuriko Koike


Alessandro Michele
Alicia Keys
Ava DuVernay
Barry Jenkins
Ben Platt
Colson Whitehead
Demi Lovato
Donald Glover
Ed Sheeran
Emma Stone
James Corden
John Legend
Kerry James Marshall
Leslie Jones
Margot Robbie
Ryan Reynolds
Sarah Paulson


Bernard J. Tyson
Daniel Ek
Evan Spiegel
George Church
James Allison
Janet Yellen
Jason Blum
Jean Liu
Jeff Bezos
LeBron James
Margrethe Vestager
Rebekah Mercer
Tom Brady
Vijay Shekhar Sharma


Chuck Schumer
Donald Trump
Elizabeth Warren
General James Mattis
James Comey
Juan Manuel Santos
Julian Assange
Kim Jong Un
King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Melinda Gates
Narendra Modi
Pope Francis
Major General Qasem Soleimani
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reince Priebus
Rodrigo Duterte
Sandra Day O'Connor
Stephen Bannon
Theo Epstein
Theresa May
Tom Perez
Vladimir Putin
Wang Qishan
Xi Jinping


Ashley Graham
Biram Dah Abeid
Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista
Cindy Sherman
Colin Kaepernick
David Adjaye
Fan Bingbing
Fatou Bensouda
Gretchen Carlson
Jeanette Vizguerra
John Lewis
Leila De Lima
Margaret Atwood
Raed Saleh
Raf Simons
Simone Biles
Thelma Aldana
Viola Davis


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