TIME releases list of 100 Most Influential People of 2017

Apr 21, 2017 15:40 IST

Modi Is Time Person of the yearTime Magazine on 20 April 2017 released the annual list of 100 most influential people of 2017.

This year's list includes the names of Presidents and Prime Ministers, CEOs and celebrities for the power of their inventions, the scale of their ambitions, the genius of their solutions to problems that could not be solved before.

This year, only two Indians to feature on the list- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

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Highlights of the 100 Most Influential People of 2017

• Oscar winner Viola Davis, Grammy winner John Legend, actor Riz Ahmed, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and philanthropist Melinda Gates graced the five different covers of this year’s list of 100 most influential people.
• US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May featured on the new list of 100 most influential people by the magazine.
• The list includes active opponents not only US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un but also the Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and his nemesis Senator Leila de Lima.
• 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.
• PM Narendra Modi featured on the list as a political leader. He is described as a maestro of the art of political seduction, playing on the existential fears and cultural insecurities of people facing downward or blocked mobility.
• Another Indian Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder, also featured on the list. His venture Paytm witnessed a huge growth by the end of 2016 with 177 million users, compared with 122 million at the beginning of the year.

List of 100 Most Influential People of 2017






Samantha Bee

Emma Stone

Theresa May

Janet Yellen

Simone Biles

Chance the Rapper


Colson Whitehead

Narendra Modi

LeBron James

Ashley Graham

Constance Wu

Ed Sheeran

Chuck Schumer

Daniel Ek

Cindy Sherman

Gavin Grimm

Alicia Keys

Donald Trump

Bernard J. Tyson

John Lewis

Kirsten Green

Ryan Reynolds

Elizabeth Warren

Evan Spiegel

Margaret Atwood

Bob Ferguson

Donald Glover

Julian Assange

George Church

Colin Kaepernick

Ivanka Trump

Leslie Jones

James Comey

Jean Liu

Jeanette Vizguerra

Demis Hassabis

Ben Platt

Kim Jong Un

Tom Brady


Barbara Lynch

Ava DuVernay

Reince Priebus

James Allison


Hamdi Ulukaya

Barry Jenkins

Xi Jinping

Rebekah Mercer

Raf Simons

Jared Kushner

Margot Robbie

Rodrigo Duterte

Jason Blum

Biram Dah Abeid

Celina Turchi

Sarah Paulson

Stephen Bannon

Jeff Bezos

Leila de Lima

Jordan Peele

James Corden

Theo Epstein

Vijay Shekhar Sharma

David Adjaye

Glenda Gray

John Legend

Tom Perez

Margrethe Vestager

Gretchen Carlson

Yuriko Koike

Alessandro Michele

Vladimir Putin


Fatou Bensouda

Conor McGregor

Kerry James Marshall

Wang Qishan


Thelma Aldana

Riz Ahmed

Demi Lovato

Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Fan Bingbing

Guus Velders


Sandra Day O'Connor


Viola Davis

Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour


Pope Francis


Raed Saleh

Natalie Batalha, Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Michaël Gillon


General James Mattis


Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista



King Maha Vajiralongkorn





Juan Manuel Santos





Major General Qasem Soleimani





Melinda Gates




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