An opinionated list of the 50 most important men and women to shape the century so far.The list is not ranked but in alphabetical order.
Why?Because his 20th Century invention will be 21st centuries' greatest tool for commerce and social matters.
Birthplace: London, United Kingdomsee more on Tim Berners-Lee
Why?Because he was our centuries' most wanted terrorist and declared a "holy war" on the U.S.
Age: Dec. at 54 (1957-2011)
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabiasee more on Osama bin Laden