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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!
list ordered by
1
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Elvira Monet added Rapper, Wrestler, Baseball player
2
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
3
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
4
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Politician, Author, Law professor
5
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
6
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
7
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Television director, Comedian, Television producer
8
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Editor, Film Producer, Screenwriter
9
Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Politician
10
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Writer, Lawyer
11
Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Spokesperson, Programmer, Editor
12
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Activist, Musician, Film Producer
13
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Footballer
14
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Television director, Comedian, Television producer
15
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Spokesperson, Television producer, Film Producer
16
Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Politician
17
Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist
18
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer
19
Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist
20
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
21
Harold Camping is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Civil engineer, Author, Radio personality
22
John Boehner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Businessperson, Politician, Management consulting
23
Nicolas Sarkozy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Spokesperson, Politician, Lawyer
24
Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Politician, Farmer
25
Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of 2011
Gymnast, Model, Actor