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The Most Influential People of 2011

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The most influential people of 2011 made us laugh, brought us hope, widened our horizons and changed the way we live our lives. These people all made a difference during 2011 in one way or another be it from activism, entertainment, politics or innovation. While we're all influenced by different things, these select few stand above and beyond the rest as the most influential of 2011.

Perhaps some of the most influential people in the world are those who have changed the world by their innovations. Steve Jobs, co-founder and the brainchild behind Apple, was both one of the most influential persons of 2011, with his continued industry-leading gadget releases, and also one we'll miss the most from 2011 as he lost his battle with cancer in October.

Others influenced the way we found entertainment, but not from a gadget but rather from television, music and movies. These influential celebrities, such as television mogul Oprah Winfrey, pop singer Justin Bieber and "Mad Men" mastermind Matthew Weiner, all brought something different to the table but provided us with hours of entertainment.

Even other members of the most influential people of 2011 list brought us something intangible: hope. Politicians, such as President Barack Obama, were key for keeping our hopes up but one politician in particular showed us that miracles really do happen. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Congresswoman from Arizona, survived a gunshot wound to the head and fights to return to her former self each day.

Whether it was from their innovation, their entertainment or simply their willingness to persist through adversity, each of the people on this list were the most influential of 2011. We are all inspired by different people so tell us who was influential to you during the year by adding your own list of the most influential people of 2011 below!
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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011

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    Barack Obama Politician, Author, Law professor

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    Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Christopher Nolan Editor, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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    Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Gabrielle Giffords Businessperson, Politician

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Lionel Messi Footballer

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    Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Oprah Winfrey Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer

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    Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Michelle Obama Writer, Lawyer

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    Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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    Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Ryan Gosling Activist, Musician, Film Producer

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    Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011

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    Ricky Gervais Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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    Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

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    John Boehner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    John Boehner Businessperson, Politician, Management consulting

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    Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Kristen Wiig Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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    Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

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    Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011

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    Michele Bachmann Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer

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    Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author

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    Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Rick Perry Politician, Farmer

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    Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011

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    Nina Dobrev Gymnast, Model, Actor

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    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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    Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Arianna Huffington Editor, Commentator, Politician

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    Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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    Matthew Weiner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011

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    Matthew Weiner Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

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    Businessperson, Engineer

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    Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Justin Bieber Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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    Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer

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    Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011


    Cory Booker Politician, Lawyer

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    Television director, Businessperson, Television producer

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