The 2011 TIME 100

Meet the most influential people in the world. They are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry. Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution. Welcome to this year's TIME 100

David Cameron (TIME 100)

A centrist who avoids the gutters of politics

Wael Ghonim (TIME 100)

He helped the Egyptian people realize their power

Julian Assange (TIME 100)

A teller of secrets, with a few of his own


Heart of Gold (Art)

The Afghan relics that have survived improbable odds


Hôtel le Bristol: Paris Doesn't Get More French (Check In)

Just two blocks from the Elysée Palace on the chic Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, this hotel has for generations attracted celebrities, diplomats and the world's most well-heeled travelers