OCCUPATION: President of China
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 4
PRO: Despite calls for a boycott, the Beijing Olympics were a hit the perfect showcase for not only the country's theatrical pomp, but also its managerial acumen. And according to the completely reliable Chinese media, Hu is beloved by his constituents!
CON: The crackdown on Tibet and the release of the Charter 08 proclamation have raised greater awareness of China's human-rights abuses. And the country's overreliance on exports is crippling its economy.