TIME releases list of 100 most influential people

Posted at 7:44 PM, Apr 18, 2012

TIME magazine has released its 9th annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list features a variety of entertainers, political leaders, businessmen and even some controversial figures.

“It’s not a list of the people with the most money in the world. It’s not a list of people with the highest, most prestigious job titles in the world. Some of those people are on this list, but we’re also looking at people who are just paradigm shifters in their fields,” said Radhika Jones, TIME executive editor.

President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger in the 2012 Presidential election, as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the list.

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow were among the six professional athletes on the list. Singers Adele and Rihanna also made the cut.

The collective of hackers known as Anonymous were listed for their battle against perceived authority and growing list of well-known enemies, including the CIA and FBI.

International figures Catherine and Pippa Middleton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Assad made the list.

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