Nancy Pelosi, Dwayne Johnson, Sandra Oh top TIME 100 list

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

April 18 (UPI) — Sandra Oh, Dwayne Johnson, Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift and Mohamed Salah headlined TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2019.

The magazine released its annual list highlighting the world’s most influential pioneers artists, leaders, titans and icons throughout sports, entertainment, politics and other avenues of culture on Wednesday.

Oh headlined the list of pioneers, which included tennis star Naomi Osaka, host of Netflix’s Patriot Act and former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minaj, Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins along with Jay O’Neal and Emily Comer, teachers and union activists who helped organize West Virginia’s teacher’s strike.

Johnson stood atop the artists category alongside Korean boy band BTS, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, painter Luchita Hurtado, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio and singer Khalid.

The category of leaders highlighted House Speaker Pelosi, along with U.S. President Donald Trump, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and foreign leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Swift was positioned as the magazine’s top icon, along with former first lady Michelle Obama, professor Christine Blasey Ford, voter rights activist Desmond Meade and director Spike Lee.

Salah, Liverpool F.C.’s star forward, was plucked from among the list of titans, made mostly of people who excelled in sports or business. Other people included in the category were NBA star LeBron James, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods and Rent the Runway founder Jennifer Hyman.

The magazine will also host the TIME 100 Summit, gathering some of the list’s alumni including Pelosi, Tyra Banks, Jane Goodall and Martha Stewart.

“The TIME 100 Summit will spotlight the outstanding progress these individuals are making and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration toward a better world,” TIME said.


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