TIME Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 most influential people of the year includes key figures in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic – head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.
Also featured in this year’s list are leaders of social moments and activists that have shaped 2020, including those involved in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement and Black Lives Matter protests.
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Political leaders on the list include Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-Wen and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Among others are sport stars who raised their voice for social issues and equality: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and US women’s football captain Megan Rapinoe.
More women – a total of 54 – were featured this year than ever before.
Dan Stewart, international editor for the US-based magazine, said it has been a “rich year of influence”.
“It’s a year unlike any other and that gives us more people to choose from,” Stewart told Al Jazeera.
“The global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic means that we have a record number of doctors, scientists and nurses on the list, but also the movement for racial equality, particularly in the US, and how that’s expanded around the world as well, people fighting for their democratic rights, for equality, globally.”
Here is the complete list:
Caesar (pseudonym of a former Syrian government forensic photographer)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Mary Kay Henry
Ursula von der Leyen
Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum
BLM founders: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
Sister Norma Pimentel
Megan Thee Stallion
Ibram X Kendi
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
Julie K Brown
Robert F Smith
General Charles Q Brown Jr
Michael B Jordan