The TIME 100 List

How do we pick the most influential people on the planet? We look for the ideas that are reshaping the world

Back in 1927, the People section of TIME began with the rubric "Names make news." From the beginning, Henry Luce's idea for TIME was to explain the news through the people who make it. Luce would have loved the TIME 100, our fourth annual issue in which we name the 100 most influential people on the planet. At the core of the TIME 100 is the idea that individuals--by virtue of their character, their drives and their dreams--change the world and make history. We divide our choices into five categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers...

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