Time Magazine reveals 100 most influential list: includes Wael Ghonim
Previously unknown newsmakers from Egypt join pop stars and politicians in Time magazine's list of "100 Most Influential People in the World."
The magazine has published its list for the past eight years. This year's entries include pop culture giants such as Justin Bieber and Oprah Winfrey, plus the lesser known Wael Ghonim, an Egyptian Internet activist who helped topple President Hosni Mubarak.
Time said there are various types of influence, including political, business, and entertainment.
Time's assistant managing editor, Radhika Jones, said: "You also have people who are doing really interesting work behind the scenes in philanthropy and technology and science and so we like to use this list as a platform, not only to remind our readers of who the world's powerbrokers are, but also who are the people who are advancing the ball in their particular fields."
Celebrities on the list include actor Colin Firth, Argentine football star Lionel Messi, and as a surprise to some, pop star Justin Bieber.
South Korean pop star Rain won The People's Choice vote for the third straight year. Time editors chose the names on the list except for The People's Choice, which is selected by online voters. Rain received more than 400,000 online votes.
And with their wedding just days away, Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton have also made it onto the list.
Politicians on the list credited for their good works include US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
But the magazine said not everyone has used their influence for good.
Time's "Rogue Gallery" includes Iraqi politician Muqtada al-Sadr, al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, the presumed future leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Gaddafi, and Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
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