100 TIME

List of the most influential people in the world today


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Presidents and prelates, soldiers and terrorists, lawyers and philanthropists—these are the men and women who give hope and direction to the world or who try to turn it upside down

George W. Bush
Hu Jintao
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Ali Sistani
Toshihiko Fukui
Abu al-Zarqawi
Kofi Annan
Condoleezza Rice
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
John Abizaid
Kim Jong Il
Bill Gates
Pope John Paul II
Atal Behari Vajpayee
John Kerry
Luisa Diogo
Vladmir Putin
Wu Yi
Osama bin Laden
The Clintons

 

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In music and movies, fashion and food, television and architecture, they have explored new territory, set new standards—and made the world an immeasurably richer place for all of us

Mark Burnett
Frank Gehry
John Galliano
Peter Jackson
Nicholas Hytner
Simon Cowell
OutKast
Norah Jones
Jerry Bruckheimer
J.K. Rowling
Ken Kutagari
Bruce Nauman
Katie Couric
Charlie Kaufman
Hideo Nakata
Aishwarya Rai
Ferran Adrià
Nicole Kidman
Sean Penn
Guy Laliberté

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From technology in Texas to perfumes in Paris and satellite TV in Qatar, the men and women who lead businesses the world over

Lee Scott
Carly Fiorina
Abigail Johnson
David Neeleman
Rupert Murdoch
Lindsay Owen-Jones
Howard Schultz
Azim Premji
Warren Buffett
Michael Dell
Al-Jazeera
Lord John Browne
Hiroshi Okuda / Fujio Cho
Sergey Brin / Larry Page
Bernard Arnault
Sepp Blatter
Belinda Stronach
Meg Whitman
Daniel Vasella
Steve Jobs

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From their laboratories and university chairs—and sometimes seats of power—they have shaped how we see the world, and ourselves

Edward Witten
Steven Pinker
Eric Lander
Korean Cloners
Paul Ridker
Hernando de Soto
Jeff Sachs
Linus Torvalds
Niall Ferguson
Bernard Lewis
Tariq Ramadan
Jürgen Habermas
Samantha Power
Sandra Day O'Connor
Jill Tarter
Julie Gerberding
Joschka Fischer
Bjorn Lomborg
Jong-Wook Lee
Louise Arbour

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With some, it is their bravery that inspires; for others, their physical skills. And then there are those—a Tibetan monk, an elderly South African man—whose heroism shines from the way they live their life.

Nelson Mandela
Aung San Suu Kyi
Queen Rania of Jordan
Shirin Ebadi
Bono
Bernard Kouchner
Bill Belichick
David Beckham
Lance Armstrong
Yao Ming
John Bogle
Mel Gibson
Arthur Agatston
Dalai Lama
Tiger Woods
Paula Radcliffe
Oprah Winfrey
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Evan Wolfson
BKS Iyengar