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The Most Influential People in 2019

Updated July 24, 2019 62.8k votes 6.8k voters 104.8k views25 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Bill Gates
    2,095
    1,423

    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.

  • 2
    Elon Musk
    2,375
    1,625

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

  • 3
    Dwayne Johnson
    1,989
    1,397

    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.

  • 4
    Michelle Obama
    1,832
    1,777

    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.

  • 5
    Billie Eilish
    1,602
    1,922

    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.

  • 6
    Ariana Grande
    1,587
    2,228

    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.

  • 7
    Jeff Bezos
    1,088
    1,557

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

  • 8
    Donald Trump
    1,813
    2,769

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

  • 9
    Michael B. Jordan

    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.

  • 10
    Rihanna
    1,056
    1,762

    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.

  • 11
    BTS
    1,175
    2,021

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

  • 12
    Lady Gaga
    956
    1,720

    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. 

  • 13
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    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. 

  • 14
    Rami Malek
    639
    1,410

    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.

  • 15
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    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.

  • 16
    Nancy Pelosi
    685
    1,626

    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.

  • 17
    Sandra Oh
    472
    1,241

    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.

  • 18
    Brie Larson
    521
    1,406

    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.

  • 19
    Robert Mueller
    416
    1,181

    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.

  • 20
    Theresa May
    455
    1,295

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

  • 21
    Kamala Harris
    429
    1,322

    Kamala Harris

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

  • 22
    Ninja
    359
    1,164

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

  • 23
    William Barr

    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.

  • 24
    Hasan Minhaj
    214
    834

    Hasan Minhaj

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

  • 25
    Gayle King

    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.