Trump, Obama, Salah make 2019 world influential people
American news magazine Times has released its full list of 100 most influential people for 2019.
The annual listicle of influential individuals is exclusively chosen by Times’ editors with nominations coming from the TIMES’ 100 alumni and the magazine’s international writing staff.
The influential people were shuffled into six categories which included pioneers, artists, leaders, icons, and Titans.
Various world leaders were also named in the 2019’s list including US President Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, as well as the prime minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed.
Making it to the list for the first time is Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah who was included in the “Titans” section along with LeBron James and Tiger Woods, while Oscar-winner Rami Malek, Lady Gaga and Spike Lee were named in the list of artists and icons.
Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made it to the list for the third time while Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it to the list for the fourth time.
Obama was profiled by world-renowned, award-winning American singer, songwriter, actress, director/record producer and alumni of the honor Beyoncé Knowles Carter.
“Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful,” Beyonce wrote.
Featured on the covers of the magazine are actors Taylor Swift, Sandra Oh, journalist Gayle King, Dwayne Johnson, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mohamed Salah.
Below is the full list of the honoured:
Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy
Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin
Adam Bowen and James Monsees
Jay O’Neal and Emily Comer
Joanna and Chip Gaines
Clare Waight Keller
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed
Christine Blasey Ford
Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor