Every year TIME Magazine releases a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Its a highly anticipated list, and the issue about the people can border on 200 pages. The 100 people are broken down into sections. Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Icons. This year one person from each section was given a cover. Below are the 5 featured, plus one extra, and a short blurb about each.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was the featured Pioneer. If you don’t know who Lin is, he is the writer and composer of the hit musical Hamilton, which has become the number one top selling Broadway musical.
Lin-Manuel is from Puerto Rico, both parents emigrating to the United States when he was young. He went to college for musical theater, and wrote his own play as his final project for graduation. After he graduated, he began working on his breakthrough play, ‘In The Heights.’ This musical changed how musical theater presented its music, because the songs are rapped. Continuing with this, his newest musical Hamilton is also completely rapped and features most people of color as the main cast. His idea for this was, ‘To tell the story of America then, by America now.’ He has dropped hints that he is writing a new musical, so keep your eyes on him in the next few years.
The featured Titans of the 100 are Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. You know Mark Zuckerberg as being the founder of FaceBook.
They have created an interconnected world where people can share who they are and what they do with people they might not have seen for years, or ever. Mark and Priscilla have committed 99% of their income to challenge things like disease, hunger, education, connecting people, and building stronger communities.
Priyanka Chopra is a name no one in America has heard, unless you watch Bollywood movies and keep up with Indian actresses. Priyanka has made nearly 50 movies and has won multiple awards, and her next task to take is Baywatch.
Priyanka hopes that her break in America will come after she stars in the reboot of Baywatch, but says that she knows that if it doesn’t, she has a loving country to return to.
Bernie Sanders is the featured leader, joined also by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the next few pages of the issue. Sanders has fought for his place in the Democratic nomination for President, a fight no one thought that he would stand a chance in.
Bernie won his first election by only 10 votes in his home state of Vermont, and the first thing that comes up when you mention him is either the fact that he’s Jewish, or that he is a “democratic socialist.” Sanders has proved that he does not need incredibly wealthy people to back his campaign, all of his money comes from supporters. He has invigorated a new movement to restore democracy and create an economy responsive to the needs of ordinary people.
You know this icon, no doubt. Leonardo DiCaprio has limitless talent, and will stop at nothing when it comes to getting into character. For the movie The Revenant, Leo slept inside of an animal carcass and ate raw bison to get into the character.
What many people don’t know, is that Leo is the backing and one of the strongest tools in the fight to protect the planet. He has provided 44 grants to different countries, talked about the environment to people from Putin to the Pope, and has directed documentaries about conservation efforts. When the Our Ocean conference was happening, Leo didn’t just show up, he poured millions of dollars into the project.
The complete list of 100 people can be found here. Photo credits to TIME Magazines website.
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