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The Most Influential People of 2012 

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The most influential people of 2012 include world leaders, CEOs, athletes, actors, musicians and many others who made an impact on the world during the year. These people each contributed something that made others take notice, something that will be remembered for years to come. Not all of the contributions were considered positive but all changed the world in one way or another.

Like the most influential people of 2011, many of the most influential folks of 2012 were politicians. Unsurprisingly, with a presidential election going on in the United States, the top two candidates, President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, easily made the list as did other political figures like Ron Paul and Paul Ryan.

Business leaders were also well represented. Taking over the spot formerly held by the late Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook was easily an influential person in 2012 so was business magnate Warren Buffett, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

On the lighter side, a number of athletes and celebrities also earned spots as the most influential of the year with the athletes of the 2012 London Olympics, such as record-breaking swimmer Michael Phelps and inspirational sprinter Oscar Pistorius. On the entertainment side, British singer Adele, actress Claire Danes and comedian Louis CK all inspired, entertained and influenced in 2012.

Everyone is influenced by different people in different ways which is why you're encouraged to vote up those who influenced you the most, vote down those that didn't, add any that are missing or even re-rank this list your way to break down the most influential people of 2012.
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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Maria Bartiromo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Fatou Bensouda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Gabby Douglas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 23
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Goodluck Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 39
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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 51
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Matt Bomer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
Micha FDY added
age 41
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Noel Spangler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
Noel Spangler
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Li Keqiang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 63
12
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 34
13
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 67
14
Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 32
15
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 45
16
Xi Jinping is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 65
17
Gabriel Nadeau-dubois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
Gabriel Nadeau-dubois
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Marco Rubio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 47
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Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 54
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Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
21
Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 42
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Timothy Geithner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 36
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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 31
25
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of 2012
age 30