The list of the 10 most influential people in the world. The people, who are recognized for changing the world, for better or for worse. They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Those recognized fall in one of five categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons. Within each category.
This list is taken from the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as assembled by Time.
Time’s ranking of the 10 most influential people of the 20th century, the most.
Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her self-titled, multi-award-winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world’s only black billionaire. She is, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.
Winfrey Listed nine times (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, & the 20th century.) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.
Obama Listed seven (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005) times in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. She was born on October 26, 1947 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009.
Hillary Listed seven times (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 & 2004) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs is the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields. Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006.
Steve Jobs Listed five (2010, 2008, 2007, 2005 & 2004) times in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Angela Dorothea Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. Merkel, a physical chemist by professional background, entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989 and briefly served as the deputy spokesperson for Lothar de Maizière’s democratically elected East German government prior to the German reunification.
Merkel Listed five (2012, 2011, 2009, 2007 & 2006) times in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara Bush and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is currently a public speaker and has written a book about his life entitled Decision Points.
Bush Listed four (2008, 2006, 2005 & 2004) times in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation. Clinton has been described as a New Democrat. Since leaving office, Clinton has been rated highly in public opinion polls of U.S. presidents.
Clinton Listed four times (2010, 2006, 2005, & 2004) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, computer programmer and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the second wealthiest person.
Gates Listed four times (2006, 2005, 2004 & the 20th century) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Hu Jintao is the current paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China. He has held the titles of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2002, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, succeeding Jiang Zemin as the chief of the fourth generation of leadership of the Communist Party of China.
Hu Jintao Listed four times (2008, 2007, 2005 & 2004) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.
Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State. Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American (after Colin Powell), and the second woman (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was President Bush’s National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Before joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University. Rice also served on the National Security Council as the Soviet and East European Affairs Advisor to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification.
Rice Listed four times (2007, 2006, 2005, & 2004) in the ‘Time 100’ the list of most influential people of the 20th century, by time magazine.