Monday, Apr. 04, 2011

Roger Ailes

Age: 70
Occupation: Chief of Fox News
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0

While MSNBC and CNN made noise fighting for second place, Fox News Channel enjoyed its ninth year as prime-time ratings leader. But FNC isn't just the leading cable news channel — it's a political power broker that will play an important role in deciding the next GOP nominee. In fact, this year's Republican primaries may as well be renamed the Fox News primaries, with some of the best-known potential candidates — among them Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, John Bolton, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — all having been on its payroll as contributors at one point.