Toasting the TIME 100

In a memorable evening, some of the world's most influential people honored those who had most inspired them

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Rick Stengel, left, with honoree John McCain and TIME president and publisher Ed McCarrick.

To inspire, one must first have been inspired. To influence others, one must first have been influenced by someone else. At our annual TIME 100 dinner--which celebrates our issue about the 100 most influential people in the world--we ask some of our honorees to toast those who have inspired or influenced them. At this year's dinner, which more than 60 current and former TIME 100 winners attended, the toasts offered moving moments. John McCain paid tribute to his "compatriots" Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Lance Armstrong extolled the work of the oncologist Dr. Harold Freeman. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi...

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