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Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked 

Sammy Leary
Updated June 14, 2019 23.4k votes 1.5k voters 12.8k views 99 items

From actors and singers to activists and politicians, here is Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2019. While you might recognize the celebrities on Time's 100 Most Influential list, there are names you should know, like Indivisible activists Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, Indian litigators Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, and Juul founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees. Which Time 100 people do you believe had a major impact from 2018 to now?

Actors and actresses on Time's 100 Most Influental 2019 include Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke, Captain Marvel's Brie Larson, and Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek. Due to their undeniable influence on fans around the world, singers Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, along with K-pop group BTS, also made the list. Other notable celebs on Time's 100 include Lady Gaga, director Spike Lee, Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, Fortnite gamer Ninja, Michelle Obama, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, and President Donald Trump. 

Vote up the people you think are most deserving to be named Time's 100 Most Influental People of 2019.  

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

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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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Gal Gadot

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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Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna

Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. ...more

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Leonardo DiCaprio

Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the ...more

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Chris Christie

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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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Emma Thompson

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress. She studied at the Drama Centre London, appearing in a number of stage productions, including one by the Company ...more

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BTS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Halsey

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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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Robert Downey Jr.

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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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Celine Dion

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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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Warren Buffett

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 ...more

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Xi Jinping is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Jon Huntsman

Xi Jinping (; Chinese: 习近平; Mandarin pronunciation: [ɕǐ tɕîn.pʰǐŋ]; born 15 June 1953) is a Chinese politician serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President ...more
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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Sean Parker

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief ...more

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Imran Khan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Ahmed Rashid

Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi (Urdu: عمران احمد خان نیازی‎; born 5 October 1952) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before ...more
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Elizabeth Warren

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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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By David French

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין נְתַנְיָהוּ ; born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician who has been Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, having previously held the ...more

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Troye Sivan

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 ...more

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Shawn Mendes

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 ...more

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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Sally Yates

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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Greta Thunberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked
Greta Thunberg

By Emma González

Greta Ernman Thunberg (Swedish pronunciation: [²ɡreːta ²tʉːnbærj]; born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish schoolgirl climate activist who has been described as a role model for ...more
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Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Tessa Thompson

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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Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Octavia Spencer

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (né Gilmore; born February 16, 1974), known professionally as Mahershala Ali (), is an American actor and rapper who is a recipient of several awards, including two ...more

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Sandra Oh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Shonda Rhimes

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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Naomi Osaka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Chris Evert

Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US ...more
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Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By John Oliver

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one ...more
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Joanna Gaines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked

By Tim Tebow

Joanna Gaines (born April 19, 1978) is a HGTV personality on Fixer Upper who stars alongside her husband Chip Gaines. She and Chip own and operate Magnolia Homes, a remodeling and design ...more