‘Time’s’ 100 Most Influential People, See Who Made The List

Time released its annual 100 Most Influential People list for 2016 on Thursday, April 21, recognizing and celebrating the pioneers, artists, icons, and leaders.

Time editor Nancy Gibbs explained why the people who made the list were chosen.

“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,” Gibbs said. “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 includes a variety of people including four presidential candidates: Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Barack Obama made the list for the 11th time, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, House Speaker Paul Ryan, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Republican National Committee Reince Priebus.

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

Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christine Lagarde, and Priyanka Chopra were chosen to appear on the six world-wide covers of the magazine.

Check out Time’s complete 100 Most Influential People list for 2016 below.


  1. Lin-Manuel Miranda
  2. Kip Thorne
  3. Kathy Niakan
  4. Gina Rodriguez
  5. Ibtihaj Muhammad
  6. Raj Panjabi
  7. Alan Stern
  8. Christiana Figueres
  9. Marc Edwards
  10. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  11. Mussie Zerai
  12. Lee Berger
  13. Nadia Murad
  14. Dan Carder
  15. Hope Jahren
  16. Felix Kjellberg
  17. Roy Choi
  18. Sunita Narain
  19. Palmer Luckey
  20. Laura Esserman
  21. Shelley Hwang
  22. Caitlyn Jenner
  23. Aziz Ansari


  1. Tim Cook
  2. Binny Bansal
  3. Sachin Bansal
  4. Yuri Milner
  5. Mohammed bin Nayef
  6. Katie Ledecky
  7. Dwayne Johnson
  8. Pope Francis
  9. Sundar Pichai
  10. Wang Jianlin
  11. Kathleen Kennedy
  12. Eli Broad
  13. Stephen Curry
  14. Priscilla Chan
  15. Mark Zuckerberg


  1. Kendrick Lamar
  2. Gael García Bernal
  3. Taraji P. Henson
  4. Melissa McCarthy
  5. Elena Ferrante
  6. Riccardo Tisci
  7. Ryan Coogler
  8. Ariana Grande
  9. Idris Elba
  10. Bjarke Ingels
  11. Oscar Isaac
  12. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  13. Guo Pei
  14. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  15. Mark Rylance
  16. Charlize Theron
  17. Yayoi Kusama
  18. Priyanka Chopra


  1. Kim Jong Un
  2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  3. Vladimir Putin
  4. Paul Ryan
  5. Diana Natalicio
  6. Lori Robinson
  7. Lester Holt
  8. Queen Máxima
  9. Ted Cruz
  10. François Hollande
  11. Darren Walker
  12. James Comey
  13. Raghuram Rajan
  14. Hillary Clinton
  15. Aung San Suu Kyi
  16. Sergio Moro
  17. Justin Trudeau
  18. Xi Jinping
  19. Barack Obama
  20. Mauricio Macri
  21. Jaha Dukureh
  22. Reince Priebus
  23. Tsai Ing-wen
  24. Sean MacFarland
  25. Bernie Sanders
  26. Nikki Haley
  27. Jin Liqun
  28. Donald Trump
  29. Angela Merkel
  30. John Kerry
  31. Christine Lagarde


  1. Nicki Minaj
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Usain Bolt
  4. Marilynne Robinson
  5. Karlie Kloss
  6. Jordan Spieth
  7. Alejandro González Iñárritu
  8. Adele
  9. Tu Youyou
  10. Denis Mukwege
  11. Sania Mirza
  12. Ronda Rousey
  13. Leonardo DiCaprio

Obviously, those who made the list were excited to say the least. Many of them took to social media to share their gratitude.

“Evicted at 14, broke by 24, but regardless of how tough things got, I always felt if I worked harder and smarter than the next guy – I’d have a real shot at life,” Dwayne Johnson wrote in an Instagram post. “That’s who I am. My DNA and still my daily code. Thank you @TIMEMagazine for selecting me as one of the 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL IN THE WORLD. I’m honored and privileged.”

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