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The Most Influential People in 2019  

Sammy Leary
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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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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 1 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 (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of ...more
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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 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 (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for 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 (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to ...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-Butera (; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which ...more
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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Bezos (; né Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, Inc. ...more
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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 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 ( ree-AN-ə; born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for ...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 (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Adonis Creed in the ...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. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and ...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 Bader Ginsburg (, born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill ...more
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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 14 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 (English: ; Arabic: رامي سعيد مالك‎, Arabic: [ˈɾɑːmi sæˈʕiːd ˈmæːlek]; born May 12, 1981) is an American actor and producer. His breakthrough role was as computer ...more
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 15 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 (; née D'Alesandro; born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She has served as speaker of the United States House of ...more
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sandra Oh is listed (or ranked) 17 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 (born July 20, 1971) is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her roles as Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2005–2014) and Eve Polastri ...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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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 19 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 (; née Brasier; born 1 October 1956) is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to ...more
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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019
Robert Mueller

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 and government official who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2001 to 2013. A ...more
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Kamala Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People in 2019
Kamala Harris

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 ( KAH-mə-lə; born October 20, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017. A member of the Democratic ...more
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Ninja is listed (or ranked) 22 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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William Barr is listed (or ranked) 23 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 Pelham Barr (born May 23, 1950) is an American lawyer and government official serving as the 85th United States Attorney General, in the Donald Trump administration since February 14, ...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 (born December 28, 1954) is an American television personality, journalist, and author, who is a chief anchor for CBS News and co-host of its flagship morning program CBS This ...more