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TIME 100 Most Influential People For 2020 Revealed

It’s the list of all lists.

Excuse the pun, but the time has come for ‘TIME’ magazine to reveal their top 100 most influential people list for 2020. The key word to remember when judging this batch is influential—whether you like them or not—if they have power and used it this year, you’re likely to find their names in this group. 

If you haven’t heard of this listicle before, the first edition was published back in 1999 and became an annual occurrence from 2004. These people are handpicked by TIME’s editors, alumni and international writing staff to provide a wholesome view of those who impacted the world in all sorts of ways. 

‘TIME 100’ editorial director Dan Macsai describes this as not only a list, but “a community of hundreds of leaders from across the years and around the world whose visions can guide us and whose achievements can bring us hope.”

Although the piece usually features household-names such as politicians and entertainers, this year has also embraced all that 2020 has thrown at us. Since the first year of this decade has been met with challenges no one would’ve been able to foresee, individuals that made a difference in response to these events have been given a deserving spot. These include pioneers of the Black Lives Matter movements, people providing aid during the coronavirus pandemic, and many more fighting to better our world. Another notable aspect is that for the first time ever, the list features 54 women—an all-time record. 

What makes this even more exciting is that each recipient has a bio written about them by other well-known figures. For example, The Weeknd’s description is penned by Elton John and Jimmy Kimmel’s words were used for Anthony Fauci.

This year’s list is as follows:


Megan Thee Stallion

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ibram X. Kendi

Nathan Law

Tomi Adeyemi

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

Julie K. Brown

Cecilia Martinez

Maya Moore

Chase Strangio

Zhang Yongzhen


Waad al-Kateab

Abubacarr Tambadou

Gabriela Cámara

Camilla Rothe

Rebecca Gomperts

Ravindra Gupta

Lauren Gardner

Shi Zhengli

Shiori Ito


The Weeknd

Ali Wong

Michael B. Jordan

Selena Gomez

J Balvin

JoJo Siwa


Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Jennifer Hudson

Yo-Yo Ma

Dapper Dan

Anaïs Mitchell

Michaela Coel

Bong Joon Ho


Julie Mehretu

Ayushmann Khurrana


Anthony Fauci

Kamala Harris

Tsai Ing-wen

John Roberts

Xi Jinping

Donald Trump


Angela Merkel

Joe Biden

Jair Bolsonaro

Nancy Pelosi

Narendra Modi

William Barr

Anne Hidalgo

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Mary Kay Henry

Nemonte Nenquimo

Ursula von der Leyen

Jung Eun-kyeong

Bonnie Castillo

Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Yousef Al Otaiba


Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade

Sundar Pichai

Tyler Perry

MacKenzie Scott

Robert F. Smith

Lewis Hamilton

Jerome Powell

Eric Yuan

Patrick Mahomes

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Greg Berlanti

Shari Redstone

Tony Elumelu

Zhong Nanshan

Kristalina Georgieva

Lisa Nishimura

General Charles Q. Brown Jr

Daniel Zhang

Gwynne Shotwell

Tunji Funsho


Amy O’Sullivan

Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi

Ady Barkan

Billy Porter

Naomi Osaka

Angela Davis

Chi Chia-wei

Megan Rapinoe

Felipe Neto

Allyson Felix

Sister Norma Pimentel

David Hill

Arussi Unda

Nury Turkel

Lina Attalah


To see the original ‘Time 100’ for 2020, check out this link.

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