Time Magazine announced its 100 Most Influential People, and aside from presidents, prime ministers and business leaders, luminaries such as Samantha Bee, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made the cut into its "Pioneers" list.
Bee, the host of TBS's Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, "has given voice to all the women who have wanted to take on the political establishment," Jane Curtin wrote in the Times. "She is as smart as a whip and, as far as I'm concerned, always on the side of right and funny."
Ivanka Trump "has long advocated to empower women and girls and is now leading education initiatives and working to put an end to human trafficking," wrote her friend Wendi Murdoch.
Henry Kissinger, meanwhile, was the one to pen Kushner's entry. "As a graduate of Harvard and NYU, he has a broad education; as a businessman, a knowledge of administration," he wrote. "All this should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun."
Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, an organizer of January’s Women’s March on Washington, also made the cut, together with fellow organizers Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the one to pen the entry.
Other heads of state to make the "Leaders" list include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin (penned by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not make the list.
Also on the "Leaders" list is the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani. "To Middle Eastern Shi'ites, he is James Bond, Erwin Rommel and Lady Gaga rolled into one," wrote former CIA analyst Kenneth M. Pollack. He noted that Soleimani's revolutionary guard also holds the purse strings of Hezbollah, Hamas and "other terrorists plaguing Israel."
Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein also made the "Leaders" list. "His vision helped end historic World Series droughts in both Chicago and Boston," wrote John Cusack. "He knows Wrigley Field is a multigenerational secular church. Our families have been there a long, long time. We are all just renting – nobody owns this."
Want to enjoy 'Zen' reading - with no ads and just the article? Subscribe todaySubscribe now