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The Most Influential People in 2019  

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List Rules Vote up the individuals who have made the biggest impacts this year so far.

Oscar winners, musicians, political figures, and activists, just about any celebrities have the power to be the most influential people of the year. Many major changes have marked entertainment and politics in 2019, from groundbreaking films to new acmes of activism, the names on this list of the most influential people of the year have truly influenced much of the world. Who was the most important person of this year? Although it may seem like politicians and world leaders are the most influential public figures, given these tumultuous times, celebrities are sharing their perspectives more than ever. Many of them have also been featured on Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

Who had the most influence this year overall? Vote up the 2019 influential people you feel truly made a difference.

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson always has a project (or three) in the works at all times. The multihyphenate is sure to continue dominating box offices (and hearts) in 2019.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of ...more
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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The billionaire has one eye on space exploration and the other on his electric car company Tesla.

Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and ...more
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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Microsoft founder has left his days of programming and big business behind. Along with his wife Melinda, the Gates family has created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philantrophic group that helps fight hunger and poverty around the world.

William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the ...more
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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The former first lady toured the country promoting her book, Becoming, and used the tour as a platform to speak with other influential leaders on issues close to her heart.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. ...more
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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Eilish became a bona fide rock star when she released her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? in March. Her Coachella set had rabid fans screaming lyrics almost as loud as her.

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The year 2018 proved to be an up and down time, at least romantically, for the pop singer. However, almost no musician has a more dedicated fanbase, called Arianators, with over 121 million Instagram followers.

Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The pop star has not released a new album since 2016 because she's been extremely busy building her fashion empire. However, the singer has confirmed that she plans to release a new album, her ninth studio album, in 2019.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more
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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The richest man in the world has turned Amazon into the best shopping website on the internet.

Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American business magnate and investor. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO ...more
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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The K-Pop supergroup continued on their trek to world domination with the release of their album Map of the Soul: Persona.

Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more
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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Jordan has become one of the most successful actors in Hollywood over the past few years. He has proved his versality on the big screen by playing a hero in the Rocky spinoffs Creed and Creed II, as well as the villain in the superhero movie Black Panther.

Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as East Dillon High School quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, Steve ...more
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Lady Gaga is no longer just a pop icon. Her starring role in the critical and box office smash A Star Is Born has garnered several major award nominations and wins. 

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more
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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Love him or hate him, the POTUS obviously has a large influence on policies and things that affect the everyday lives of Americans.

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television ...more
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Supreme Court Justice's health is going to play a huge factor in 2019. If she is unable to remain on the bench, Donald Trump will have another opportunity to appoint a replacement judge, making it his third selection. 

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Speaker of the House refused to back down to President Trump's demand for a border wall. Pelosi continues to serve and lead the Democratic party in one of the most tumultous times in American history.

Nancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician serving as speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. First elected to Congress in 1987, she ...more
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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor has been racking up awards and acclaim for his impressive depiction of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The film has gone on to become the highest grossing music biopic of all-time.

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor best known for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. His performance in the program has earned ...more
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Sandra Oh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Oh became the first Asian actor to win multiple Golden Globe Awards in 2019, when she took home the prize for Best Actress in a TV Drama. The Canadian actress also served as co-host at that same historical ceremony.

Sandra Miju Oh is a Canadian actress known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy, a role that earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, as well as ...more
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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The whole world is watching to see how the British Prime Minister is able to handle the Brexit fallout. 

Theresa Mary May PC is a British Conservative politician, and the current UK Home Secretary. May was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She went on to be ...more
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Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Academy Award winner will enter the silver screen superhero universe as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, when her film hits the big screen in March of 2019.

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has ...more
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The Congresswoman from New York made an immediate impact the second that she was sworn into office on January 3, 2019 at the age of 29 (youngest woman ever elected to Congress). AOC has used social media to voice her agenda on platforms such as universal Medicare and free public college/trade school.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer, and democratic-socialist politician. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in ...more
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Kamala Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The U.S. Senator from California continues to fight for the middle class. Harris has also launched her 2020 campaign for President.

Kamala Devi Harris is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011. Harris graduated from ...more
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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

As each day passes in 2019, the Mueller Report leads to both arrests and convictions to several of President Trump's former lackeys and staff.

Robert Swan Mueller III (born August 7, 1944) is an American lawyer, government official, and Marine who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), from 2001 to ...more
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William Barr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

Attorney General William Barr became a household name after the release of the Mueller Report. According to The Hill, Barr and his team made almost one thousand redactions to the report, leaving some suspicious.

William P. Barr is executive vice president and general counsel of Verizon, a position he has held since the companys formation in 2000. Barr began working in telecommunications in 1994, when he ...more
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Ninja is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

The gamer - who makes $100,000 a month from Twitch subscribers alone - made Time's "100 Most Influential People" list of 2019.

Tyler Blevins (born June 5, 1991) is a gamer, streamer, and YouTuber. He has been on teams such as Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Warriors. Games featured on his channels include H1Z1, Fortnite, ...more
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Hasan Minhaj is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019
Hasan Minhaj

The comedian's political talk show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was called "groundbreaking" by Trevoh Noah. 

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian and actor in Los Angeles. He is the host of MTV’s Thursday night talk show ‘Failosophy‘ and stars in the latest season of ‘Arrested Development‘ on Netflix. His viral ...more
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Gayle King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019

In the past, journalist Gayle King was most popularly referred to as Oprah Winfrey's close friend. After her interview with R. Kelly in March, people were in awe of her journalistic integrity and level-headedness.

Gayle King is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning and an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the best friend and business associate of Oprah Winfrey.