OCCUPATION: Spiritual leader
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 3
PRO: He spoke out against a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, a move that surprised many of his supporters. But he has hardly curtailed his attacks on the Chinese government, recently accusing it of turning Tibet into a "hell on earth."
CON: The Chinese grip on Tibet has only increased since last year's riots. Will the Dalai Lama ever be able to return to his home country?