Friday, April 30, 2010

The 2010 Time Magazine 100 most influential people in the world

Every year, Time Magazine comes up with a list of 100 people who had the most effect on the world. Here's the list for the year 2010:


  1. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
  2. J. T. Wang, CEO of Acer Group
  3. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staffs who advocated for gays and lesbians' equal rights to be admitted in the military to serve the country
  4. Barack Obama, President of United States of America
  5. Ron Bloom, Senior Counselor to the U.S. President for Manufacturing Policy who helped in rescuing the General Motors and Chrysler during the financial crisis
  6. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan
  7. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  8. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives
  9. Sarah Palin, American politician, author, speaker, and political news commentator
  10. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
  11. Jon Kyl, Arizona Senator
  12. Glenn Beck, American conservative radio and television host, political commentator, author, and entrepreneur
  13. Annise Parker, first openly gay Mayor of Houston
  14. Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Prudential Plc
  15. Jenny Beth Martin, Founder of Tea Party Movements
  16. Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry and Employment of France
  17. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
  18. General Stanley McChrystal, Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan
  19. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
  20. Bo Xilai, Communist Party of China Chongqing Committee Secretary
  21. Mark Carney, Governor of Bank of Canada, youngest governor among the G8 Nations
  22. Sister Carol Keehan, Head of the Catholic Health Association of America
  23. Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates
  24. Robin Li, co-founder of China's most popular search engine Baidu
  25. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Senator
  26. Bill Clinton, former US President
  27. Kim Yu-Na, 2010 South Korean Figure Skater
  28. Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Prime Minister of Iran
  29. Ben Stiller, Actor
  30. Temple Grandin, Doctor of Animal Science and professor at Colorado State University, a person with high-functioning autism who is widely noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the hug machine designed to calm hypersensitive persons
  31. P. Namperumalsamy, doctor who is able to help cure a lot of cataract patients at India's Aravind Eye Care Hospital
  32. Nay Phone Latt, poet and blogger who was imprisoned in his own country of Burma for writing about the political happenings in his country
  33. Chen Shu-chu, resident of Southern Taiwan who was able to has managed to donate nearly NT$10 million (that's $320,000) to various causes, including $32,000 for a children's fund, $144,000 to help build a library at a school she attended and another $32,000 for the local orphanage, where she also gives financial support to three children
  34. Phil Mickelson, US Professional golfer
  35. Didier Drogba, player of Chelsea Team in the Premier League
  36. Graça Machel, First Lady of South Africa
  37. Reem Al Numery, Children's Rights Activist in Yemen
  38. Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
  39. Tristan Lecomte, Founder of Alter Eco
  40. Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer and actress
  41. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CEO and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd.
  42. Zahra Rahnavard, Iranian artist and politician
  43. Jet Li, Chinese Actor
  44. Serena Williams, US Tennis Player
  45. Chief Master Sergeant Tony Travis, headed the air traffic control operation in Haiti during the earthquake and was able to guide planes landing and taking off, bringing 4 million lbs. of supplies of Haiti earthquake victims
  46. Karls Paul-Noel, firefighter who led a team that was able to find 11 survivors of the Haiti earthquake
  47. Rahul Singh, founder of GlobalMedic
  48. Valentin Abe, director of the solar and wind-mill powered Haiti Fish Development Project
  49. Malalai Joya, Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan
  50. Will Allen, director of Growing Power, anurban farming project in Milwaukee
  51. Lady Gaga, Singer
  52. Conan O'Brien, Comedian and Late Night talk host
  53. Kathryn Bigelow, Director of the Oscar Winning Picture, Hurt Locker
  54. Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host and head of Harpo Productions
  55. Valery Gergiev, world's leading orchestra conductors and heads the St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater
  56. Robert Pattinson, Actor, best known for Twilight films
  57. Ashton Kutcher, Actor, best known during his show MTV Punk'D
  58. Suzanne Collins, Author of the Huger Games Trilogy
  59. Taylor Swift, a Grammy and Country Music Award wining Teen Country Singer
  60. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor, best known for his stint in Doggie Howser MD and How I Met Your Mother
  61. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, Executive producers of Lost
  62. Prince, Award winning soul singer
  63. Lea Michele, Actress and Broadway star, best known as Rachel Berry in Glee and as the lead actress in Spring Awakening
  64. Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, produced wedcomics entitled Penny Arcade
  65. Simon Cowell, American Idol and Britain's Got Talent Judge
  66. Neill Blomkamp, Director of District 9
  67. Elton John, Award winning singer and songwriter
  68. Marc Jacobs, Fashion Designer
  69. David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City
  70. Banksy, a British graffiti artist whose first film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie"
  71. Chetan Bhagat, Indian author who has written Five Point Someone - What not to do at IIT , One Night @ the Call Center, The Three Mistakes of My Life and 2 States - The Story Of My Marriage
  72. Sandra Bullock, Award winning actress for her lead role in The Blind Side
  73. Ricky Gervais, Actor, best known in the show, The Office
  74. Han Han, Chinese professional rally driver, best-selling author, singer, and China's most popular blogger.
  75. James Cameron, Director of Titanic and Avatar
  76. Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi deconstructivist architect
  77. Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School -- where she teaches contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law -- and has devoted much of the past three decades to studying the economics of middle class families
  78. Douglas Schwartzentruber and Larry Kwak, sought cure for Cancer
  79. Michael Pollan, journalist and activist, best known for his works, the documentary Food, Inc. and in his books Food Rules and The Omnivore's Dilemma
  80. Atul Gawande, doctor and journalist, best known for his book The Checklist Manifesto
  81. Jaron Lanier, pioneered and popularized the term "Virtual Reality"
  82. Victor Pinchuk, founder and main owner of the Interpipe Group, one of Ukraine's leading steel industry groups
  83. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's Minister Mentor
  84. Deborah Gist, commissioner of Rhode Island schools
  85. Kathleen Merrigan, United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, helped develop USDA's organic labeling rules while head of the Agricultural Marketing Service
  86. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
  87. Tim White, American Paleoanthropologist, famous for his work on Lucy as Australopithecus afarensis with discoverer Donald Johanson
  88. Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency
  89. Elon Musk, co-founded PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors,currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity
  90. Edna Foa, an internationally renowned authority on the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety
  91. Jaime Lerner, helped create the Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano de Curitiba (Institute of Urban Planning and Research of Curitiba, also known as IPPUC) and participated in the design of the Curitiba Master Plan
  92. Paul Volcker, Chairman of the US Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  93. Amy Smith, engineer and the founder of MIT's innovative D-Labb
  94. Matt Berg, technology director for ChildCount+
  95. Amartya Sen, 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner for his work on welfare economics
  96. Michael Sherraden, co-headed Global Assets Project
  97. Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy, founded the Barefoot college in Tilonia, Rajasthan
  98. Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora
  99. David Boies and Theodore Olson, challenged the constitutionality of California's prohibition of gay marriage
  100. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Source: http://www.time.com

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