Time Magazine Unveils 2015's 100 Most Influential People

Time Magazine Unveils 2015's 100 Most Influential People

For the 12th year the magazine has compiled its list of the world's most influential people. The annual list celebrates “the titans, pioneers, artists, icons and leaders who are shaping the future.” Each of these has a special cover that include rapper and music mogul Kanye West, as well as Univision News TV anchorman Jorge Ramos, actor Bradley Cooper, supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
 
The issue also features essays written for each honoree, such as Richard Linklater by Ethan Hawke, Christopher Nolan by Michael Caine, Taylor Swift by Mariska Hargitay, Lorne Michaels by Jack Nicholson, Hillary Clinton by Laurene Powell Jobs, Jeb Bush by Zeke Miller and Pope Francis by Desmond Tutu.

President Barack Obama is on the list for the 10th time, the most of any of the honorees, followed by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton making her eighth appearance. The list features 40 women, including education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, who is the youngest person on the list for the third straight year. The oldest of this year's honorees is 88-year-old Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi.

Along with Malala Yousafzai four other remarkable South Asians are honoured in the list. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are listed.

Titans:

•    Bob Iger
•    Chanda Kochhar
•    Charles Koch & David Koch
•    Danny Meyer
•    Elizabeth Holmes
•    Janet Yellen
•    Jorge Paulo Lemann
•    Kanye West
•    Kim Kardashian
•    Lee Daniels
•    Lei Jun
•    Lorne Michaels
•    Mellody Hobson
•    Reid Hoffman
•    Satya Nadella
•    Susan Wojcicki
•    Tim Cook
•    Tony Fernandes
 
Pioneers:

•    Anita Sarkeesian
•    Aura Elena Farfán
•    Brian Chesky
•    Bryan Stevenson
•    Chai Jing
•    Emma Watson
•    Emmanuelle Charpentier & Jennifer Doudna
•    Jimmy Lai
•    Kira Orange Jones
•    Laverne Cox
•    Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
•    Martin Blaser
•    Misty Copeland
•    Mustafa Hassan
•    Pardis Sabeti
•    Reese Witherspoon
•    Rudolph Tanzi
•    Sarah Koenig
•    Scott Kelly
•    Tom Catena
•    Vikram Patel
 
Artists:

•    Alexander Wang
•    Amy Schumer
•    Audra McDonald
•    Bradley Cooper
•    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
•    Chris Ofili
•    Chris Pratt
•    Christopher Nolan
•    Jill Soloway
•    John Oliver
•    Julianna Margulies
•    Julianne Moore
•    Kevin Hart
•    Marie Kondo
•    Richard Linklater
•    Tim McGraw

Icons:

•    Abby Wambach
•    Björk
•    Diane von Furstenberg
•    Gabriel Medina
•    Haruki Murakami
•    Ina Garten
•    Jerry Brown
•    Malala Yousafzai
•    Pope Francis
•    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
•    Taylor Swift
•    Thomas Piketty

Leaders:

•    Abubakar Shekau
•    Adam Silver
•    Alexis Tsipras
•    Angela Merkel
•    Barack Obama
•    Beij Caid Essebsi
•    Benjamin Netanyahu
•    Bob Corker
•    Elizabeth Warren
•    Haider Al-Abadi
•    Hillary Clinton
•    Jed Bush
•    Joanne Liu
•    Joko Widodo
•    Jorge Ramos
•    Kim Jong Un
•    King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
•    Lu Wei
•    Marine Le Pen
•    Martin Dempsey
•    Mitch McConnell
•    Mohammad Javad Zarif
•    Muhammadu Buhari
•    Narendra Modi
•    Obiageli Ezekwesili
•    Raúl Castro
•    Rula Ghani
•    Samantha Power
•    Tom Frieden
•    Vladimir Putin
•    Xi Jinping

The Time 100 issue hits newsstands today.
 
-Devashree Goenka