• The list, unveiled Thursday, features a who's who of celebs, businessmen activists and politicians, with articles written by other notable names
  • Leo has 'limitless talent' but is 'real,' says John Kerry
  • Minaj is 'rapping better than woman AND men,' according to Lil Wayne
  • Spieth is 'what heroes are meant to look like' says NFL's Tony Romo
  • Jenner is 'daring and admirable,' writes a transgender rights activist
  • Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are praised for their 'bighearted' charitable works by Bill and Melinda Gates
  • And Cruz 'will fix the mess in Washington,' promises TX Gov. Scott Walker 
  • Other picks include Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and Barack Obama
  • The print magazine hits newsstands Friday
TIME magazine has released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world - and there are some real surprises inside.
Hollywood stars, controversial politicians, celebrated musicians and vicious dictators all featured in the list, which takes account of all 'influential' people - whether that influence is positive or negativ


  1. Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar-winning actor, 'The Revenant' 
  2. Nicki Minaj, rapper and singer, 'The Pinkprint,' and actress, 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' 
  3. Jordan Spieth, professional golfer 
  4. Adele, singer, '25' 
  5. Ronda Rousey, female mixed martial arts champ and actress
  6. Alejandro González Iñárritu, director, 'The Revenant' and 'Birdman' 
  7. Usain Bolt, sprinter and the fastest person ever timed
  8. Marilynne Robinson, author 'Housekeeping' and 'Gilead' 
  9. Lewis Hamilton, Formula-1 driver 
  10. Karlie Kloss, fashion model 
  11. Tu Youyou, malaria cure pioneer and Nobel prize winner
  12. Denis Mukwege, Congolese surgeon who specializes in helping gang-rape victims
  13. Sania Mirza, tennis player ranked no1 in women's doubles


  1. Charlize Theron, actress, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' 
  2. Ariana Grande, actress and pop singer, 'Dangerous Woman' 
  3. Priyanka Chopra, actress, 'Quantico' 
  4. Taraji P. Henson, actress, 'Empire'
  5. Idris Elba, actor, 'Beasts of No Nation'
  6. Kendrick Lamar, rapper, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' 
  7. Melissa McCarthy, actress, 'Ghostbusters' and 'Spy'
  8. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, 'Veep' 
  9. Gael García Bernal, actor, 'Mozart in the Jungle'
  10. Oscar Isaac, actor, 'Star Wars: The Force Returns'  
  11. Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author, 'Between the World and Me'
  12. Elena Ferrante, pseudonym of unknown Italian author, 'The Story of the Lost Child'
  13. Riccardo Tisci, fashion designer for Givenchy
  14. Ryan Coogler, writer and director, 'Creed'
  15. Bjarke Ingels, architect, New York's Two World Trade Center  
  16. Guo Pei, fashion designer who created Rihanna's 2015 Met Ball dress
  17. Mark Rylance, Oscar-winning actor, 'Bridge of Spies'
  18. Yayoi Kusama, artist and writer


  1. Aziz Ansari, comedian and writer
  2. Caitlyn Jenner, transgender campaigner and former athlete
  3. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Pulitzer-Prize-winning Broadway smash 'Hamilton' 
  4. Gina Rodriguez, star of TV show 'Jane the Virgin' 
  5. Laura Esserman and Shelley Hwang, breast cancer doctors
  6. Palmer Luckeyfounder of VR company Oculus 
  7. Sunita Narain, India-based clean-air campaigner
  8. Roy Choi, chef and creator of 'gourmet taco truck' Kogi
  9. Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie), YouTube star
  10. Hope Jahren, geochemist and fossil forest expert
  11. Dan Carder, discovered Volkswagen was cheating emissions tests
  12. Nadia Murad, Yazidi rights activist and ISIS survivor
  13. Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist who found new kind of prehuman
  14. Mussie Zerai, priest who helped migrants cross Mediterranean Sea
  15. Marc Edwards and Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint, MI whistleblowers
  16. Christiana Figueres, head of UN's climate chance council
  17. Alan Stern, planetary scientist, head of New Horizons mission to Pluto
  18. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, which trained ebola workers 
  19. Ibtihaj Muhammad, US Olympic fencer who wears headscarf while fighting 
  20. Kathy Niakan, first scientist to be allowed to edit human DNA
  21. Kip Thorne, theoretical physicist, contributor to movie 'Interstellar'

  1. Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  2. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, and wife Priscilla Chan, philanthropist
  3. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO 
  4. Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church 
  5. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, actor, 'Furious 7' 
  6. Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, founders of Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart
  7. Yuri Milner, businessman and investor in 'moon shot' scientific experiments
  8. Mohammed bin Nayef, Crown Prince and leader of Saudi Arabia
  9. Katie Ledecky, Olympic swimmer and nine-time world champion   
  10. Wang Jianlin, Chairman of China's largest real estate developer
  11. Kathleen Kennedy, film producer, founder of Amblin Entertainment
  12. Eli Broad, entrepreneur, founder of multiple Fortune 500 companies
  13. Stephen Curry, NBA player, Golden State Warriors

  1. Ted Cruz, Senator and Republican presidential candidate
  2. Donald Trump, businessman and Republican presidential candidate 
  3. Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate
  4. Bernie Sanders, Governor of Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate
  5. Barack Obama, President of the USA 
  6. Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea
  7. Xi Jinping, President of China 
  8. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey
  9. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia 
  10. Paul Ryan, Speaker, US House of Representatives
  11. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  12. John Kerry, Secretary of State for the USA
  13. Diana Natalicio, President of the ethnically diverse University of Texas at El Paso
  14. Lori Robinson, US Air Force General
  15. Lester Holt, journalist and anchor of NBC Nightly News
  16. Queen Máxima, Queen of the Netherlands
  17. François Hollande, President of France
  18. Darren Walker, President of the human welfare non-profit Ford Foundation
  19. James Comey, Director of the FBI
  20. Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
  21. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy
  22. Sérgio Moro, Brazilian judge who oversaw massive corruption investigation
  23. Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister 
  24. Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
  25. Jaha Dukureh, anti-female genital mutilation campaigner
  26. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  27. Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan
  28. Sean MacFarland, US General and leader of coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq  
  29. Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina
  30. Jin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank 
  31. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund