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April 26, 2014

Time’s 100 most influential has Beyoncé covering; Benedict Cumberbatch, Phoebe Philo, Lydia Ko make the cut

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The cover for this year’s Time 100, listing the news magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, goes to Beyoncé.
   On sale today, the 11th annual edition also features Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins on covers within the publication.
   It also has a number of guest contributors, writing about those who feature: James Franco on Marina Abramović, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Pelé on Cristiano Ronaldo, Stella McCartney on Phoebe Philo, Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cassidy on Andrew Haldane, Elif Shafak on Abdullah Gul, Madeleine Albright on Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, and Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen.
   Forty-one women are honoured, including Amy Adams, Mary Barra, Lydia Ko, Megyn Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Jenji Kohan.
   President Obama appears for the ninth time, and other repeat honorees include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Jeff Bezos.
   As with this magazine’s ‘newsmakers’ list, Edward Snowden makes the cut in Time. Jack Ma of Alibaba, which was honoured by the Medinge Group in its seventh Brands with a Conscience awards in 2010, has also come to the attention of Time.
   Obama writes of the Pope: ‘Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader … Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another.’
   Franco says of Abramović: ‘I trust Marina to carve the artist out of her celebrity and use her celebrity to bring what she stands for into the here and now, looking straight into the eyes of all of us, strangers still, but courageous, curious, inspired, creative participants afterward.’
   McCartney says of Philo: ‘One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’ wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.’
   And Firth writes of 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.’
   Time editor Nancy Gibbs says, ‘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.’
   A full list, including tributes, videos and photos, can be seen here. Time also has an interactive grid of the 100 honorees at this link, and a Facebook influence map here.

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