TIME magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people is a designation of individuals whose time, in the publication’s estimation, is happening right now. Once again, it’s an eclectic group of people including global leaders, celebrities, world-class athletes, chief executives and social justice warriors.
Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish, Roger Federer, Tarana Burke and Satya Nadella were the lucky ones to score coveted covers. Check them out below.
If you want to see everyone else who was a TIME 100 honoree from Cardi B and Adam Rippon to the Parkland Students and Robert Mueller, check out the 60 second clip below.
@jlo is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. "As a kid growing up in the Bronx," writes Emmy-nominated actor @kerrywashington, "I used to watch Jennifer Lopez from the wings. Several of us girls would hide in the folds of the curtains at the Boys & Girls Club to watch her perform. We were in awe of our neighborhood role model and phenom. When Jennifer left the Bronx to pursue her dreams, I would rush to finish my homework on Sunday to watch her on In Living Color. She made me believe that you could come from where we came from and achieve whatever you imagine is possible." Lopez became the first Latina actor to earn over $1 million for a film and the first woman to have a No. 1 album and a No. 1 movie in the same week. Adds Washington: "But she’s also a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a designer, a beauty icon, a philanthropist and a producer. She is an undeniable force and a powerful example—not just for women of color but for anyone who has been made to feel 'other' and for everyone who carries the burden and the privilege of being a first." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
@nicolekidman is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. "Dead Calm was released in 1989. Big Little Lies was released in 2017. In the interim, Kidman has never once left our consciousness," writes @naomiwatts, the Oscar-nominated actor. "And even after decades, she continues to break new ground." Beyond being an outstanding actor, adds Watts, "Nicole has intelligence, compassion, kindness and humor that make her the epitome of a great woman and friend. There is no question that I and audiences the world over will continue to value and admire her for decades to come." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
@taranajaneen is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. When @gabunion first met Tarana Burke, who founded the #metoo movement in 2006, she found "a kindred spirit, somebody else who’s been screaming into the hurricane. Somebody else who’s been advocating for survivors of rape and sexual assault, and specifically young black women, whose voices have been silenced at best and completely erased from the national dialogue at worst." Adds Union, "When you’ve been sidelined for so long, it’s exhilarating to know that such a powerful voice is finally breaking through. Tarana will continue to do this work, but the stage will be bigger and the microphone turned all the way up. She will inspire legislation and new crops of voters. She will sway old voters. She will open eyes. She’s not even going to bring more seats to the table—she’s going to turn the table over and build a new one." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
@rogerfederer is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. "It’s no secret that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player ever," writes @thisisbillgates, a co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "But not as many fans know about what Roger is doing off the court." Twice, Gates writes, "I’ve had the thrill of being his doubles partner to help raise money for his foundation, and we’ve become friends in the process. I’ve learned how sincerely Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children—a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand." He adds: "Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time. It will be a sad day for all of us fans when he hangs up his racket—but we can take comfort in knowing that he’s committed to making the world a more equitable place." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
@tiffanyhaddish is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. @kevinhart4real met her on the #comedy scene 13 years ago: "She was young, raw and funny, almost like she didn’t have a care in the world. But when I noticed her car was packed to the brim with her belongings," recalls the actor, who stars alongside Haddish in @nightschool (out Sept. 28), "I asked her if everything was O.K. That’s when I found out she was homeless and living in that car." Hart gave her $300—"it was all I had with me"—and handed it to her. "Now Tiffany is bringing a whole new level of fresh to the comedy scene. She’s just so authentic and unfiltered," he adds. "You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. And you can tell she’s having fun—she’s seen a time when things couldn’t get any worse, and she’s giving it all she has." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
Satya Nadella is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. Since becoming CEO of @microsoft in 2014, writes Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane University and a former managing editor of TIME, has restored the company’s spirit of innovation. Consider its new product strategy, which emphasizes cloud computing and allowing people to collaborate across platforms. Nadella also preaches the importance of empathy and making products that work reliably. The result is that in the four years since he inherited a sticky wicket, Microsoft’s market value has increased 130%. More important, the company is now making products that feel more user-friendly, empathetic and collaborative. See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME
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