Here Are 100 Most Influential People In The World According to TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine has released its annual list of Most Influential People in the World honorees. From actors to musicians to influencers to athletes to political leaders. The list is split into five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Icons, and Titans.


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  • Sandra Oh, actress. Story by Shonda Rhimes, showrunner and Emmy-nominated producer and screenwriter.
  • Indya Moore, actress. Story by Janet Mock, award-winning writer, producer, and director.
  • Marlon James, writer. Story by Salman Rushdie, author.
  • Chrissy Teigen, model and author. Story by Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin.
  • Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur. Story by JR, artist and photographer.
  • Hasan Minhaj, comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, television host. Story by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show.
  • Samin Nosrat, chef and food writer. Story by Alice Waters, award-winning chef and cookbook author.
  • Ninja, streamer. Story by JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, led the Supreme Court battle to decriminalize homosexuality in India. Story by Priyanka Chopra, award-winning actor.
  • Naomi Osaka, professional tennis player. Story by Chris Evert, won 18 Grand Slam Singles championships and is a tennis commentator for ESPN.
  • Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, progressive organizers who helped Democrats win in the 2018 midterms. Story by Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman from Massachusetts.
  • Fred Swaniker, Ghanian entrepreneur and leadership development expert. Story by Mo Ibrahim, telecoms entrepreneur and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
  • Lynn Nottage, playwright. Story by Martha Plimpton, Tony-nominated actor and activist.
  • Tara Westover, memoirist, essayist, historian. Story by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Adam Bowen and James Monsees, Juul Labs co-founders. Story by Tom Miller, the attorney general of Iowa.
  • Barbara Rae-Venter, genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney. Story by Paul Holes, former chief of forensics at the Contra Costa Country, California district attorney’s office.
  • He Jiankui, biophysics researcher. Story by Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas9, UC-Berkeley professor, and co-author of A Crack in Creation. 
  • Aileen Lee, seed investor. Story by Kirsteen Green, founding partner of Forerunner Ventures and founding member of All Raise.
  • Jay O’Neal and Emily Comer, West Virginia teachers who went on strike. Story by Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America.
  • Shep Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope Project. Story by Lisa Randall, professor of physics at Harvard University and author.


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  • Dwayne Johnson, actor, producer, semi-retired professional wrestler. Story by Gal Gadot, actor.
  • Regina King, actor and television director. Story by Viola Davis, Oscar-winning actor.
  • Khalid, singer-songwriter. Story by Alicia Keys, Grammy-winning musician.
  • Emilia Clarke, actor. Story by Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actor and writer.
  • BTS, K-pop group. Story by Halsey, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter.
  • Brie Larson, actor and filmmaker. Story by Tessa Thompson, actor.
  • Joanna and Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper stars. Story by Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback and professional baseball player.
  • Ariana Grande, musician and actor. Story by Troye Sivan, award-winning singer-songwriter.
  • Mahershala Ali, actor and rapper. Story by Octavia Spencer, producer and Oscar-winning actor.
  • Glenn Close, actor, singer, producer. Story by Robert Redford, Oscar-winning director, actor and environmental advocate.
  • Rami Malek, actor. Story by Robert Downey Jr., Oscar-nominated actor.
  • Luchita Hurtado, painter. Story by Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries.
  • Ozuna, Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer. Story by Daddy Yankee, Grammy-nominated musician.
  • dream hampton, award-winning filmmaker and writer. Story by Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement.
  • Richard Madden, actor. Story by Kenneth Branagh, Oscar-nominated director, actor, and screenwriter.
  • Yalitza Aparicio, actor. Story by Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar-winning director.
  • Clare Waight Keller, stylist and fashion designer. Story by Julianne Moore, Oscar-winning actor.


  • Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker. Story by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat and former Senator and Secretary of State.
  • Donald Trump, POTUS. Story by Chris Christie, Republican and former New Jersey governor.
  • Great Thunberg, Swedish schoolgirl climate activist. Story by Emma Gonzáles, March for Our Lives co-founder.
  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexican President. Story by Jorge Ramos, journalist and anchor for Univision.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. Story by Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate.
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. Story by Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.
  • Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela. Story by Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.
  • Abiya Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Story by Feyisa Lilesa, Olympic-silver-medalist marathoner.
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader. Story by John Boehner, Republican, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Story by Mitch McConnell, Republican and Senate Majority Leader.
  • Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist. Story by Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar-winning actor, producer, and environmental advocate.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Story by David French, TIME columnist.
  • Zhang Yiming, technology entrepreneur. Story by Kai-Fu Lee, chairman of Sinovation Ventures.
  • Hoesung Lee, South Korean economist and chair of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change. Story by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and the deputy chair of the Elders.
  • William Barr, United States Attorney General. Story by Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General.
  • Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Story by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and a leading reformer on clerical sex abuse.
  • Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China. Story by Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to Russia and former U.S. ambassador to China.
  • Leana Wen, physician, public health advocate, author. Story by Cynthia Nixon, award-winning actor and advocate for reproductive rights.
  • Imran Khan, incumbent Prime Minister of Pakistan. Story by Ahmed Rashid, a journalist in Pakistan.
  • Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed. Story by Ryan Bohl, Middle East and North Africa analyst at the geopolitical-risk firm Stratfor.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa. Story by Vivienne Walt, TIME correspondent.
  • Robert Mueller, lawyer, government official, Marine. Story by Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General.
  • Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. Story by Clare Rewcastle Brown, founder of the Sarawak Report.
  • Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy. Story by Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist.
  • Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil. Story by Ian Bremmer, TIME editor and president of political-risk cosultancy Eurasia Group.
  • Zhang Kejian, Director of the China National Space Administration. Story by Scott Kelly, retired astronaut.


  • Taylor Swift, singer-songwriter. Story by Shawn Mendes, Grammy-nominated musician.
  • Michelle Obama, lawyer, university administrator, writer, and former First Lady. Story by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Grammy-winning musician.
  • Spike Lee, film director, producer, writer, actor. Story by Jordan Peele, actor, director, producer, and Oscar-winning writer.
  • Christine Blasey Ford, professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. Story by Kamala Harris, Senator from California and Democratic presidential candidate.
  • David Hockney, painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, photographer. Story by Edwin Becker, head of exhibitions at the Van Gogh museum.
  • Desmond Meade, helped restore voting rights to Florida felons. Story by Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action.
  • Lady Gaga, singer-songwriter, actress. Story by Celine Dion, Grammy-winning singer.
  • Radhya Almutawakel, human rights defender and the Yemeni co-founder and chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. Story by Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate.
  • Pierpaolo Piccioli, fashion designer. Story by Frances McDormand, Oscar-winning actor.
  • Maria Ressa, journalist and author. Story by Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.
  • Caster Semenya, middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist. Story by Edwin Moses, two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field and helped develop the sport’s drug-testing programs.
  • Mirian G., separated from her son at the U.S.-Mexico border. Story by Kumail Nanjiani, actor, comedian, and Oscar-nominated writer.
  • Grainne Griffin, Albhe Smyth, and Orla O’Connor, fighting to end Ireland’s abortion. Story by Ruth Negga, Oscar-nominated writer.
  • Loujain Al-Hathloul, Saudi women’s rights activist, social media figure, and political prisoner. Story by Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.


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  • Mohamed Salah, Egyptian professional footballer. Story by John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. 
  • LeBron James, professional basketball player. Story by Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway. Story by Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer and chair of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
  • Gayle King, television personality, journalist, author, and co-anchor of CBS This Morning. Story by Ava DuVernay, Oscar-nominated director and producer.
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder. Story by Sean Parker, entrepreneur and founding president of Facebook.
  • Tiger Woods, professional golfer. Story by Justin Timberlake, 10-time Grammy-winning musician.
  • Jeanne Gang, architect and leader of Studio Gang. Story by Anna Deavere Smith, award-winning actor and playwright.
  • Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Story by Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
  • Pat McGrath, British make-up artist. Story by Beverly Johnson, supermodel, entrepreneur, author, and first African-American model on the cover of Vogue
  • Alex Morgan, soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. Story by Mia Hamm, Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion.
  • Vera Jourova, Czech politician, businesswoman, lawyer. Story by Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition.
  • Ryan Murphy, screenwriter, director, producer. Story by Jessica Lange, Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor.
  • Mukesh Ambani, Indian business magnate, chairman, managing director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries. Story by Anand Mahindra, chairman of business conglomerate the Mahindra Group.
  • Ren Zhengfei, Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. Story by Charlie Campbell, TIME’s East Asia correspondent.
  • Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lockhead Martin. Story by Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
  • Jermone Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve. Story by Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve.

Full stories for each of the honorees can be found here.

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