World’s 100 Most Influential People


TIME magazine has released its 100 Most Influential People list, featuring some of the most well-known artists, politicians, and world leaders. The list is divided into five categories: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans, and icons.

For the first time ever – 48 of the artists, icons, leaders, pioneers, and titans who made the list are women, last year, 45 women made the list. The issue includes big names like pop star Taylor Swift, Canadian Actress, Sandra Oh, former first lady Michelle Obama and more.

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Take a look at the full list below:


  1. Nancy Pelosi
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Greta Thunberg
  4. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
  5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  6. Jacinda Ardern
  7. Juan Guaido
  8. Abiy Ahmed
  9. Mitch McConnell
  10. Brett Kavanaugh
  11. Jane Goodall
  12. Benjamin Netanyahu
  13. Zhang Yiming
  14. Hoesung Lee
  15. William Barr
  16. Pope Francis
  17. Xi Jinping
  18. Leana Wen
  19. Imran Khan
  20. Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed
  21. Cyril Ramaphosa
  22. Robert Mueller
  23. Mahathir Mohamad
  24. Matteo Salvini
  25. Jair Bolsonaro
  26. Zhang Kejian


  1. Sandra Oh
  2. Indya Moore
  3. Marlon James
  4. Chrissy Teigen
  5. Massimo Bottura
  6. Hasan Minhaj
  7. Samin Nosrat
  8. Ninja
  9. Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy
  10. Naomi Osaka
  11. Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin
  12. Fred Swaniker
  13. Lynn Nottage
  14. Tara Westover
  15. Adam Bowen and James Monsees
  16. Barbara Rae-Venter
  17. He Jiankui
  18. Aileen Lee
  19. Jay O’Neal and Emily Comer
  20. Shep DoelemanB

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  1. Dwayne Johnson
  2. Regina King
  3. Khalid
  4. Emilia Clarke
  5. BTS
  6. Brie Larson
  7. Joanna and Chip Gaines
  8. Ariana Grande
  9. Mahershala Ali
  10. Glenn Close
  11. Rami Malek
  12. Luchita Hurtado
  13. Ozuna
  14. Dream Hampton
  15. Richard Madden
  16. Yalitza Aparicio
  17. Clare Waight Keller

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  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Michelle Obama
  3. Spike Lee
  4. Christine Blasey Ford
  5. David Hockney
  6. Desmond Meade
  7. Lady Gaga
  8. Radhya Almutawakel
  9. Pierpaolo Piccioli
  10. Maria Ressa
  11. Caster Semenya
  12. Mirian G.
  13. Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor
  14. Loujain al-Hathloul


  1. Mohamed Salah
  2. LeBron James
  3. Jennifer Hyman
  4. Gayle King
  5. Mark Zuckerberg
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Jeanne Gang
  8. Bob Iger
  9. Pat McGrath
  10. Alex Morgan
  11. Vera Jourova
  12. Ryan Murphy
  13. Mukesh Ambani
  14. Ren Zhengfei
  15. Marillyn Hewson
  16. Jerome Powell
Former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has been announced as Forbes Woman Africa Social Influencer at the Forbes Woman Africa Awards inaugural gala dinner which held in Durban, South Africa.

The Anti-corruption campaigner and convener of the Bring Back our Girls movement was celebrated for her efforts in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Other recipients of awards at the prestigious gala were Dr. Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula (Business); Rachel SibandeCaster Semenya (Sports); Sho Madjozi (Entertainment); Uche Pedro (New media), among others.

The Managing Editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, Methil Renuka, said:

 The ceremony was the perfect conclusion to a highly constructive day of networking and concept sharing by Africa’s most dynamic women.”

Renuka congratulated the women for their efforts in impacting the lives of young women worldwide.

Ezekwesili was also named among the World’s 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine in 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.


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