100 most influential people includes 4 Brits who?

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Time Magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world has been published today. It features the 100 world leaders, business leaders, scientists, icons and artists who have the most influence in the world today.

Some of the names will come as no surprise, including US President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 15-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai. However, others will be much less predictable - including the four Brits who make the list.


World leaders

President Obama is featured for the eighth time, along with his wife Michelle. Other world leaders to make the cut include Noynoy Aquino (President of the Philippines) Hassan Sheik Mohamud (President of Somalia), Park Geun-hye (President of South Korea), and Xi Jinping (General Secretary of the Communist Party of China).

There is no sign of David Cameron - or Angela Merkel for that matter.

Powerful

Business names to make the cut include rapper Jay Z, the CEO of Instagram (Kevin Systrom), CEO of Samsung (Oh-Hyun Kwon), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo and champion going the extra mile at work).

Artists include Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Peng Liyuan (Chinese singer), Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence.

Sportspeople meanwhile include Mario Balotelli (Italian footballer), Li Na (Chinese tennis player), and Lyndsey Vohn, the Alpine skier.

There are also scientists, computer developers (such as the duo behind minecraft), one fashion designer (Michael Kors), a Brazilian chef, authors, screenwriters, a range of US politicians and lawyers from around the world.

Brits

There are, however, just four Brits on the list: Derbyshire is represented by multi-award-winning author Hilary Mantel - best known for 'Bringing up the Bodies'.

London spawned the multi-Oscared Daniel Day Lewis, who presumably did himself no harm by portraying an iconic American this year; and Jonathan Ive, the iconic and influential chief Apple designer.

And Reading brought us Kate Middleton - who made it into the 'Icons' section of the list. Apparently she's more influential than any politician, or indeed anyone else in the family she so recently joined.

So what do you think? Are these Britain's most influential people, and if they are, what does this say about us? Let us know in the comments.

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