The 95 Most Influential People Who Wrote About the 100 Most Influential People

Time Magazine just released its 100 Most Influential Influencers of Influence or whatever that thing is called, because it’s April and the market on end-of-year lists is there for the taking. Needless to say, the list is flawless. I mean, obviously I know who Rene Redzepi is. He’s a…uh… chef. And why wouldn’t the fifth most-important person in The Help (aka the movie that re-defined our generation, at least until Girls re-re-defined it) make it?

But that’s not this list.

This list is of the people who write the short blurbs on those (usually more influential) people. The classic example of course being Gordon Brown’s hilarious letter of unrequited love addressed to Barack Obama. These sorts of lists tend to have a sort of even mix of “fame” and “power,” to which I say, “eff that noise.” I’m more from the power is power school. I don’t care how fun Linsanity was, dude is just less important than the President of Argentina.

Let’s Begin!

The No-Wikipedia Gulag

95. Time Social Media Editor Allie Townsend

94. Time Art Critic Richard Lacayo

93. Consumer Rights advocate Molly Katchpole

92. Time Staff Writer Ishaan Tharoor

91. Time Ideas Columnist Andrew J. Rotherham

90. Time Sports Columnist Sean Gregory

89. Time Sports Editor Bill Saporito

88. ONE CEO Michael Elliott

87. Time Beijing Correspondent Austin Ramzy

86. Time Middle East Bureau Chief Aryn Baker

85. Time Senior Editor Bryan Walsh

84. Time Senior Editor Matt McAllester (btw, who spells McAllister like that?)

83. IBM Fellow David Ferrucci

82. Law Student Sandra Fluke

Completely Irrelevant / People I Haven’t Heard Of

81. Time Movie Critic Richard Corliss

80. Burmese historian Thant Myint-U

79. Time Economics Correspondent Michael Schuman

78. Former spy Valerie Plame Wilson

77. Time Editor-at-Large Harry McCracken

76. Time Economics Editor Rana Foroohar

75. Time Editor-at-Large Belinda Luscombe

74. Chef Ferran Adria

73. Lawyer Viet Dinh

72. Golfer Annika Sorenstam

71. Soccer player Mia Hamm

70. Fashion Designer Stella McCartney

69. NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin

68. Time Science Editor Jeffrey Kluger

67. Economist Robert Johnson

66. Comedian Kathy Griffin

65. Time Contributing Editor-at-Large Barton Gellman

64. Time Magazine News Director Howard Chua-Eoan

63. Time Europe Editor Catherine Mayer

62. Cartoonist Matt Wuerker

61. Filmmaker Sally Potter

60. Author Geoff Dyer

59. Actress Cicely Tyson

Your Moment Has Passed / Figureheads Division

58. Executive Editor of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth

57. Activist Gloria Steinem

56. Comedian Joan Rivers

55. Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader

54. Actor Gary Oldman

53. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell

52. Actress Alyssa Milano

51. Economist Nouriel Roubini

50. Time Political Columnist Joe Klein

49. Cartoonist Gary Trudeau

48. Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent

47. Pundit Fareed Zakaria

46. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker

45. Admiral Mike Mullen

44. Author John Meacham

43. Singer Elton John

42. Actress Eva Longoria

41. Ex-Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

40. Chef Anthony Bourdain

39. Social Scientist Nicholas Christakis

38. Author Suketu Metha

37. Virologist Nathan Wolfe

I Suppose We Have to Acknowledge Your Existence

36.Time World Editor Bobby Ghosh

35. Singer P!nk

34. Rich guy Bill Bain

33. Actor Jackie Chan

32. Economist Larry Summers

31. Chess champion Garry Kasparov

30. Designer Kenneth Cole

29. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes

28. Writer Elizabeth Gilbert

27. Talk show host Katie Couric

26. Ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

25. Ex-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

24. Lawyer Theodore B. Olson

23. Actor Ashton Kutcher

22. Actress Charlize Theron

21. Singer Shakira

Some Actual Power

20. Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan

19. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

18. Basketball player Jeremy Lin

17. Banker Jens Weidmann

16. Politician-at-Large Jeb Bush

15. Politician-at-Large Al Gore

14. Actress Angelina Jolie

13. Google Exec Marissa Mayer

12. Director and producer Judd Apatow

Big Timers!

11. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

10. Senator James Inhofe

9. Newark Mayor Corey Booker

8. Actor Johnny Depp

7. Radio host Howard Stern

6. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

5. Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

4. Rich Guy Bill Gates

3. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

2. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

Barack Obama

1. Barack Obama

A few notes:

1. Obviously, how important you think Time is in the grand scheme of things really matters here. You’ll note these people mostly weighting down the back half of my list. It’s also pretty weak that their Managing Editor couldn’t be bothered to do one of these.

2. There’s not 100 people because Howard Chua-Eoan wrote six of these things for some reason.

3. All opinions are final, correct, and not to be argued with.

4. I’m pretty sure Jeremy Lin and Barack Obama are the only ones who both wrote an ode and were on the list this year.

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2 thoughts on “The 95 Most Influential People Who Wrote About the 100 Most Influential People

  1. How Fucked Up Is You? says:

    bill bain at 34?! a travesty. an outrage. 33 spots too low

  2. SBG says:

    Tommy Carcetti IS power.

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