Time 100: Most influential people of 2019

18 Apr 2019, 22:17

NTV Online

Time magazine has released their ‘100 Most Influential People’ list, featuring some of the most well-known artists, politicians and world leaders. The list is divided into five categories: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons, reports

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, internationally praised for her handling of the recent massacre in Christchurch, has been named on Time magazine’s latest ‘100 most influential people’ list, reports

The list features 48 women, including well-known actors, sportspeople and politicians, and represents the highest number of women included since Time magazine began annually publishing the list in 2004.

Those on the list are chosen by Time’s editors around the world.

‘We have 48 women on the list this year, up from 45 last year,’ Time editor-in-chief and chief executive Edward Felsenthal told US program CBS This Morning.

‘When we first started doing this in 2004 … there were 24,’ he said.

‘Obviously still ways to go in our society.

Prominent guest authors such as Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright wrote short tributes for each of those named in the annual special edition.

Penned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ardern’s entry on the list said that her handling of the March terror attacks in Christchurch was an ‘inspiration to us all’.

‘Not only is she delivering such swift action on gun control, she has sent a powerful message around the world about our shared values — that those who seek to divide us will never succeed,’ Khan wrote.

‘New Zealand will always protect and celebrate the diversity and openness that make our countries so great.

‘We will never forget that when terror sent ripples of fear through communities around the world, New Zealand’s Prime Minister proudly stood up for hope, unity and inclusiveness in the face of fear, division and hatred.’

Other prominent figures included US President Donald Trump, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Star cricketer turned Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad also made the list.