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The 100 most influential people of 2014 according to Time

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The 100 most influential people in the world in 2014 have been listed by Time magazine on Thursday. This list is the 11th such list published by the publication that has become well-known for its rankings of people for their various impacts on society. The publication chose to categorize its 100 persons into the categories which are “titans,” “pioneers,” “artists,” “leaders,” and “icons.” While there are many persons on the list that one would expect to see listed, there are plenty of surprises as well. Most of the persons who made the list are artists, politicians and business people.

The 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014

Category: The Titans

Beyonce

Pony Ma

Janet Yellen

Tony Fadell

Sheika al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Pharrell Williams

Evan Spiegel

Bobby Murphy

Jeff Bezos

Aliko Dangote

Serena Williams

Ertharin Cousin

David Koch

Charles Koch

Hillary Clinton

Category: The Pioneers

Jason Collins

Natalie Massenet

Mary Jo White

Tom Steyer

Jack Ma

Richard Sherman

Alfonso Cuaron

Megan Ellison

Robert Lanza

Megyn Kelly

Arvind Kejriwal

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

John Kovac

Travis Kalanick

Jenji Kohan

Lydia Ko

Anat Admatai

Obadah al-Kaddri

David Sinclair

Kathryn Sullivan

Jose Mujica

Edward Snowden

Major General Herbert Raymond McMaster

Imam Omar Kobine Layama

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga

The Rev. Nicholas Guerekoyame-Gbangou

Hosain Rahman

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Katherine Hayhoe

Category: The Artists

Benedict Cumberbatch

Seth Meyers

Robert Lopez

Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Kerry Washington

Binyavanga Wainaina

Amy Adams

John Green

Steve McQueen

Keegan-Michael Key

Jordan Peele

Diane Paulus

Robin Wright

Matthew McConaughey

Miley Cyrus

Yao Chen

Barbara Brown Taylor

Category: The Leaders

Mary Barra

John Kerry

Vladimir Putin

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Hassan Rouhani

Scott Walker

Ory Okolloh

Shinzo Abe

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Xi Jinping

Barack Obama

Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Narendra Modi

Eric Holider

Michelle Bachelet

Andrew Haldane

Angela Merkel

Jerry Brown

Thuli Madonsela

Rand Paul

Kirsten Gillibrand

Nicolas Maduro

Abdullah Gul

Kim Jong Un

Abu Du’a

Category: The Icons

Robert Redford

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Pope Francis

Malala Yousafzai

Donna Tartt

The publication included a brief write-up on each of the persons who made the list. The write-ups gave insight into each person’s contemporary influence. Of interest to readers, the comments written about each of the 100 persons was written by many well known persons. For example, President Barack Obama wrote about Pope Francis and actress Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave” motion picture fame wrote about the iconic motion picture star and director Steve McQueen.

Beyonce was honored by being chosen to be on the 2014 Time 100 issue’s cover. She is one of 41 women who made the list this year. That sets a new record for the number of females making the list of 100 people. Crunching the numbers another way, one will count 18 business people on the list, according to the Guardian. Additionally, 27 people on the honored list represent various aspects of the arts. Of the four categories in which the honorees are listed, the people who are in the arts have the most people.

It should be remembered that the publication takes the word “influential” quite literally and seriously when choosing the persons who make the list. These 100 people are said to have had tremendous influence in the past year. It does not necessarily approve or disapprove of the influences the persons have had on society and the world-at-large.

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