TIME Announces The 100 Most Influential People Of 2021

TIME 100 Most Influential People Of 2021

TIME has once again published its list of the 100 Most Influential People for 2021, honouring the likes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Billie Eilish, Simone Biles, Kate Winslet, Joe Biden, and plenty more for their respective impact on the world.

“For the second year in a row, TIME journalists assembled this project working apart, across time zones, and continents,” explains Edward Felsenthal, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of TIME.

“We see the TIME100 as far more than a list. It is a community of leaders whose energy and commitment we hope inspires others to spring into action as well.”

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“It features extraordinary leaders from around the world working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights… They are disrupters, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers – people who in a year of crisis have leapt into the fray.”

“We all have an opportunity to help create a better world. And we can choose to be among those who pick up the phone and – in the words of [chef, humanitarian, two-time TIME100 honouree] José Andrés – run toward the struggle.”

“From pioneers, leaders, and titans to artists, innovators, and icons – these are the most influential people of 2021.”

TIME 100 Most Influential People [2021]

TIME 100 Most Influential People Of 2021


  • Prince Harry & Meghan, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Alexei Navalny
  • Britney Spears
  • Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Dolly Parton
  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Cathy Park Hong
  • Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh
  • Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Russell Jeung, & Cynthia Choi
  • Muna El-Kurd & Mohammed El-Kurd


  • Billie Eilish
  • Ben Crump
  • Adi Utarini
  • Sunisa Lee
  • Felwine Sarr & Bénédicte Savoy
  • Fatih Birol
  • Aurora James
  • Adar Poonawalla
  • Phyllis Omido
  • Frans Timmermans
  • Indyra Mendoza & Claudia Spellmant
  • Roger Cox
  • Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz
  • Dorottya Redai
  • Esther Ze Naw Bamvo & Ei Thinzar Maung


  • Simone Biles
  • Tim Cook
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Timbaland & Swizz Beatz
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • Tom Brady
  • Youn Yuh Jung
  • Allyson Felix
  • Angélique Kidjo
  • Kenneth C. Frazier & Kenneth I. Chenault
  • Luiza Trajano


  • Kate Winslet
  • Bad Bunny
  • Chloé Zhao
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Lil Nas X
  • Jessica B. Harris
  • Bowen Yang
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Mark Bradford
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • Steven Yeun
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Omar Sy
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Kane Brown


  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Joe Biden
  • Xi Jinping
  • Liz Cheney
  • Kamala Harris
  • Mario Draghi
  • Tucker Carlson
  • Naftali Bennett
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Nayib Bukele
  • Donald Trump
  • Narendra Modi
  • Mahbouba Seraj
  • Joe Manchin
  • Ebrahim Raisi
  • Rochelle Walensky
  • Mamata Banerjee
  • Ron Klain
  • Elisa Loncon Antileo
  • Abdul Ghani Baradar


  • Jensen Huang
  • Elon Musk
  • Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith, & Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Katalin Kariko
  • Mary Barra
  • John Nkengasong
  • MiMi Aung
  • Vitalik Buterin
  • Viya
  • Barney Graham
  • Friederike Otto & Geert Jan van Oldenborgh
  • Kengo Kuma
  • Sara Menker
  • Lidia Morawska

To read the original TIME 100 list for 2021 paired with entries from guest contributors rationalising each pick, click the link here.