By TIME Magazine, Special for USDR.
Today, TIME, a Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) brand, reveals the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features five worldwide covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: John Legend, Viola Davis, Jeff Bezos, Riz Ahmed, and Melinda Gates.
“The It List: The 100 Most Influential People”
The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. See the 2017 TIME 100 full list, tributes, videos and photos: www.time.com/time100
See all five covers, featuring portraits by photographer Myles Aldrich for TIME: http://bit.ly/2pDod40
TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs on the 2017 TIME 100 List: “Our annual list of the 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown… Some years the list has the feel of a loose, lively dinner party, people who mostly don’t know each other but would get along if they did. This year is a bit more complicated. These past 12 months have sharpened our edges as political debates in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, turned jagged and primal and seem almost perfectly designed to divide us more deeply… And there are several people on the list whose influence is the subject of heated debate, from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to FBI Director James Comey to White House adviser Stephen Bannon. Each has champions and critics; all are shaping the course of this turbulent year… In divisive times, it’s tempting to nestle in a comfort zone, surrounded by people who look like us, think like us, pray like us, vote like us. Yet many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world.” http://ti.me/2o7dAGL
To celebrate the release of the TIME 100, the People/Entertainment Weekly Network is releasing “The It List: The 100 Most Influential People,” a special episode featuring interviews with TIME 100 influencers, as well as TIME writers and editors, who share insights about their selections. To watch it, go to People.com/PEN or download the PEN app on mobile or connected-TV devices.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2017 TIME 100:
The list features U.S. President Donald Trump, and other U.S. political figures including Stephen Bannon, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Bob Ferguson, John Lewis, James Mattis, Rebekah Mercer, Tom Perez, Reince Priebus, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, and more.
Other writers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Stephen Colbert, John McCain, Jane Curtin, Samantha Power, Kerry Washington, Ray Kurzweil, Cory Booker, Tim Kaine, America Ferrera, Rita Dove, Ed Sheeran, and more.
Xi Jinping is on the list for the 8th time, more than any other person on the list. Other repeats include: Kim Jong Un (7), Vladimir Putin (6), Pope Francis (5), Jeff Bezos (4), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (4), Narenda Modi (3), Elizabeth Warren (4), Janet Yellen (3), Julian Assange (2), Fatou Bensouda (2), James Comey (2), Viola Davis (2), Daniel Ek (2), Melinda Gates (2), LeBron James (2), Alicia Keys (2), John Legend (2), Sandra Day O’Connor (2), Jordan Peele (2), Reince Priebus (2), Juan Manuel Santos (2), Evan Spiegel (2), Donald Trump (2), and Wang Qishan (2).
This year’s list features 40 women, including, Margaret Atwood, Samantha Bee, Simone Biles, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Fan Bingbing, Melinda Gates, Ashley Graham, Kirsten Green, Barbara Lynch, Sarah Paulson, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Ivanka Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Constance Wu, Janet Yellen, and more.
Activist for LGBT rights, Gavin Grimm, 17, is the youngest person on the list. The oldest person on the list is Sandra Day O’Connor, who is 87.
See the complete 2017 TIME 100 list: www.time.com/time100
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