OCCUPATION: Islamic militant, founder and leader of al-Qaeda
NUMBER OF TIME COVERS: 5
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 1
PRO: Launched a global, radical Islamist movement and perpetrated terrorist attacks on the U.S., forever changing the global landscape of the 21st century.
CON: Presumed to be hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, bin Laden is rarely heard from and believed to be playing a less-active role in the organization. Most propaganda comes from his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
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