The Most Influential People Of 2021

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Vote up the individuals who have most effectively made impacts over the course of the year..
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Who are the most influential people of 2021? The year has just started but there are already new power players in 2021. From influential actors, musicians, and athletes to politicians, scroll on below for some of the male and female role models making an impact in 2021. 

Such people include newly elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Some other politicians who made quite the entrance this year include Georgia State's first Black Senator Raphael Warnock and the first Jewish Senator Jon Ossoff, whose wins as Democrats flipped control of the Senate.

Athlete Cristiano Ronaldo is a person of impact as a talented soccer player who also happens to be the most followed person on Instagram. Powerhouse moguls like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey will hold influence for many years to come. As will famous celebrities like Michael B. Jordan, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Tyler Perry.

Who are the most impactful people of the year? Vote for who you think is the most influential person in 2021, keeping it strictly to influencers with positive impacts.

  • Anthony Stephen "Tony" Fauci ( ) (born December 24, 1940) is an American immunologist who has made substantial contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and ...more
  • Benjamin Lloyd Crump is an American attorney at the Tallahassee, Florida based law firm Parks & Crump, LLC known for his association with the 2012-2013 George Zimmerman case. He is representing the ...more
  • Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National ...more
  • Ariana Grande (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 critics have ...more
  • Raphael Warnock

    Raphael Warnock

    Raphael Gamaliel Warnock (born July 23, 1969) is an American pastor and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Georgia since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, he assumed office on January 20, 2021.

  • Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy ...more
  • 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
  • Jon Ossoff

    Jon Ossoff

    Thomas Jonathan Ossoff (born February 16, 1987) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Georgia since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Ossoff was previously a documentary film producer and investigative journalist.

  • Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television ...more
  • 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
  • Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various ...more
  • Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and raised ...more
  • Kimberly Noel Kardashian West (born October 21, 1980) is an American media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model and actress. West first gained media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris ...more
  • Naomi Osaka

    Naomi Osaka

  • Kayla Barron

    Kayla Barron

    Kayla Jane Barron (born September 19, 1987) is an American submarine warfare officer and NASA astronaut.

  • Olivia Isabel Rodrigo (born February 20, 2003) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to prominence with her lead roles on the Disney television programmes Bizaardvark and High School ...more
  • Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often ...more
  • Christopher Charles Cuomo (; born August 9, 1970) is an American television journalist who currently works at CNN, where he presents Cuomo Prime Time, a regular weeknight CNN show. Cuomo has ...more
  • 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
  • Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight ...more
  • Mark Joseph Carney (born March 16, 1965) is an economist and banker. He holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship and has been Governor of the Bank of England since 2013 and was Chairman of the ...more
  • Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began making and releasing ...more
  • LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments include ...more
  • Jack Harlow (born March 13, 1998) is an American rapper from Louisville. He released his first major label mixtape, Loose, in August 2018 after signing to the Atlantic Records imprint, Generation ...more