Cyrus, Beyonce, Pharrell Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Cyrus, Beyonce, Pharrell Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Today TIME reveals the 2014 TIME 100, its annual list of the most influential people in the world, featuring Beyoncé on the cover. Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins are featured on three additional covers inside the magazine.

The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The eleventh-annual list includes: Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams, Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington, Dwyane Wade on Serena Williams, Chris Christie on Scott Walker, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg on Charlie Rose, Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins, Lupita Nyong'o on Steve McQueen, Brit Hume on Megyn Kelly, Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus, Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen and many more.

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TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs: "The TIME 100 is a list of the world's most influential men and women, not its most powerful.... The vast majority of this year's roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill.... If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it's the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming."

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- This year's list includes a record 41 women, including: Amy Adams, Mary Barra, Lydia Ko, Megyn Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jenji Kohan, Janet Yellen and more.

- The list features U.S. political figures from both sides of the aisle. TIME 100s include Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Eric Holder, John Kerry, David and Charles Koch, Rand Paul and Scott Walker. Writers include Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Al Gore, Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Jon Huntsman and Alfonse D'Amato.

- President Obama is on the list for the ninth time, more than any other person on the list. Other repeats on the list: Hillary Clinton (7), Angela Merkel (6), Xi Jinping (5), Kim Jong Un (4), Vladimir Putin (3), Jeff Bezos (3), Michelle Bachelet (2), Ertharin Cousin (2), Miley Cyrus (2), Pope Francis (2), Pony Ma (2), John Kerry (2), Beyoncé (2), David & Charles Koch (2), Jack Ma (2), Rand Paul (2), Serena Williams (2) and Malala Yousafzai (2).


Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé: "Beyoncé doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one.... Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be 'Watch me. I'm about to do it.' Then she adds, 'You can, too.'"

Hillary Clinton on John Kerry: "Diplomacy takes stamina, passion and perspective, and John embodies these traits. He is relentless in the face of the most persistent obstacles...There's nobody better suited to carry the cause forward than John Kerry. The people of the United States can be proud he's representing America and its interests abroad. I know I am."

Harvey Weinstein on Robert Redford: "He has only one fault. Over the past 20 years, we've been going out to lunch. Bob always gets away without paying the bill. I saw him a couple of months ago and reminded him of that, and he said, 'You pick the place and the expensive wine and I'm in.' We dined for three and a half hours, drank expensive wine and told some whoppers of stories. As we walked out of Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar, the woman came for the check. Bob patted his pants and sport jacket and said he didn't have his wallet. It was as good a performance as I've seen, and made me laugh so hard that I put it on my account."

Mitch McConnell on Rand Paul: "No one in either party today brings the level of missionary zeal to the task that Rand Paul does.... Spend five minutes with Paul and it's clear he doesn't care what you look like or where you're from. He's beating the bushes for anyone who prizes liberty.... He's having fun too. And that's contagious."

Alfonse D'Amato on Kirsten Gillibrand: "Don't ever underestimate her. She can go as far as she likes. If Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be a rock star, she'll be a rock star. But she'd make a great President. When she draws a line in the sand, everyone would know not to cross it."

Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins: "I met Jason Collins when we were freshmen at Stanford.... When Jason called to talk about his forthcoming Sports Illustrated cover story, "The Gay Athlete," I realized at some point I wasn't surprised.... It made eminent sense that it would be Jason becoming the first openly gay, still-active pro athlete in a major U.S. sports league."

Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams: "The collaboration I have with him is like no other. He made me fearless, and I've carried that with me the rest of my life.... His music actually does make you happy.... Maybe that's why he still looks younger than the rest of us. Yep ... Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun."

Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus: "If I didn't know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I've watched her grow up. So I don't. She knows what she's doing.... She doesn't have to be so drastic. But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can't she do it her way?"

Gabrielle Giffords on Malala Yousafzai: "In the face of oppression and bitter injustice, she demands education and opportunity. In the face of violence from the hands of cowards, she refuses to back down. Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence. We will make our voices heard. We will speak, no matter how hard it is to do so."

T. Boone Pickens on Carl Icahn: "Carl Icahn and I have been friends for decades. We've been called a lot of names over the years. 'Corporate raider.' 'Asset stripper.' 'Bloodsucking ghoul.' All tough stuff. All inaccurate.Sure, Carl is about as smooth as a stucco bathtub. But he is the best thing going for corporate America. Call Carl what you want, but recognize him for what he is: a shareholder activist."

Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington: "In a WORLD that too often tells little girls to choose between womanhood and success, between femininity and a seat at the head of the table, both onscreen and off Kerry Washington embodies the promise that lives in all our young people to shape their own destinies and succeed as 'gladiators' for the causes in which they believe."

Chris Christie on Scott Walker: "His battle to bring fairness to the taxpayers through commonsense reform of the public-sector collective-bargaining laws brought him scorn.... His reward? A resounding 're-election' in 2012 after the failed recall, prosperity for his state and the satisfaction of knowing that the public does recognize and appreciate an officeholder with the courage of his convictions."

Barack Obama on Pope Francis: "Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader. His Holiness has moved us with his message of inclusion, especially for the poor, the marginalized and the outcast. But it has been his deeds, his bearing, the gestures at once simple and profound-embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, washing the feet of young prisoners-that have inspired us all."

Dwyane Wade on Serena Williams: "Serena is a friend, but I also look up to her as a fellow athlete.... She deserves all of her success, because she is one of the most hardworking and disciplined people I know. She is a world-class athlete and a true champion in every sense of the word. Serena is on a ­mission-and how amazing that we all get to witness it."

Brad Paisley on Carrie Underwood: "Not only has she earned her place, she's also raised the bar: she's a prolific songwriter, a trend­setter and an Opry member.... So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie."

Michael Bloomberg on Charlie Rose: "As someone who has sat across the table from Charlie on a few occasions, I can tell you: He's the most disarming man in America. And as a result, he's one of the most important and influential people in journalism."

Neil Patrick Harris on Travis Kalanick: "You don't realize how much you need something like Uber in your life until you start using it.... Its co-founder, Travis Kalanick, is super rad. He's savvy and driven. I can't wait to see what he'll conjure up next, as I'm sure it'll be something I've never known that I've always needed but truly can't live without."

Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch: "It's rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage-and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there's no getting around it. He must be stopped."



Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Marina Abramovic, performance artist

Abu Du'a, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria

Amy Adams, actor

Anat Admati, economist

Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile

Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

Beyoncé, singer, entrepreneur

Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

Jerry Brown, Governor of California

Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel, advocate

Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State

Jason Collins, basketball player, Brooklyn Nets

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations WORLD Food Programme

Alfonso Cuarón, director

Benedict Cumberbatch, actor

Miley Cyrus, singer

Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group, Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance

Megan Ellison, producer, founder, Annapurna Pictures

Tony Fadell, founder and CEO, Nest

Pope Francis, Pontifex

Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator, New York

John Green, author

Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey

Andrew Haldane, Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England

Katharine Hayhoe, climatologist

Eric Holder, United States Attorney General

Carl Icahn, investor

Obadah al-Kaddri, Syrian activist, director of Radio Watan

Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber

Arvind Kejriwal, Indian politican

Megyn Kelly, host, FOX News' The Kelly File

John Kerry, United States Secretary of State

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, comedians

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

Lydia Ko, golfer

David and Charles Koch, executives

Jenji Kohan, television writer, producer, director

John Kovac, astronomer

Robert Lanza, Chief Scientific Officer, Advanced Cell Technology

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, songwriters, Frozen

Jack Ma, chairman, Alibaba

Pony Ma, founder and CEO, Tencent Holdings

Thuli Madonsela, human rights lawyer

Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela

Natalie Massenet, founder, Net-A-Porter

Matthew McConaughey, actor

Major General Herbert Raymond McMaster, commander, Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia

Steve McQueen, director

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Seth Meyers, host, NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers

Narendra Modi, Indian politician

José Mujica, President of Uruguay

Arunachalam Muruganatham, inventor

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, activist

Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Imam Omar Kobine Layama and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, clerics

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Ory Okolloh, activist, director of investments, Omidyar Network

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister, Nigeria

Rand Paul, U.S. Senator, Kentucky

Diane Paulus, theater director

Wilthelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, activist

Phoebe Philo, creative director, CÉLINE

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Hosain Rahman, cofounder and CEO, Jawbone

Robert Redford, actor

Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player, Portugal, Real Madrid

Charlie Rose, television host

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

Arundhati Roy, writer, activist

Richard Sherman, football player, Seattle Seahawks

David Sinclair, geneticist

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, commander, Egyptian Armed Forces

Edward Snowden, activist

Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, cofounders, Snapchat

Tom Steyer, environmentalist

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, activist

Kathryn Sullivan, director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Donna Tartt, author

Barbara Brown Taylor, Episcopal priest

Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, art collector, Chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority

Carrie Underwood, singer, songwriter

Binyavanga Wainaina, author

Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

Kerry Washington, actor, activist

Alice Waters, chef

Mary Jo White, chairwoman, Securities and Exchange Commission

Pharrell Williams, singer, producer

Serena Williams, tennis player

Robin Wright, actor

Xi Jinping, General Secretary, Communist Party, China

Yao Chen, Chinese actor

Janet Yellen, Chairwoman, Federal Reserve

Malala Yousafzai, author, activist

The May 5, 2014 issue of TIME goes on sale on Friday, April 25

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