TIME Cover: The TIME 100

The Most Influential People in the World

On Sale: Friday, May 4, 2007

May 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from TIME

    NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In this week's issue, TIME reveals its
 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The TIME 100
 recognizes the men and women whose power, talent or moral example is
 transforming our world, and the list is divided into five subsections:
 Leaders & Revolutionaries; Builders & Titans; Artists & Entertainers;
 Scientists & Thinkers; and Heroes & Icons. The fourth annual TIME 100 issue
 is the largest in the history of the list, with 100 pages of advertising,
 also making it the second-largest issue since Albert Einstein was named
 TIME's Person of the Century in 1999.
     The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the influentials and
 the guest contributors TIME selected to write about them.
     This year's list includes Barbara Walters writing on Rosie O'Donnell,
 Nelson Mandela on Oprah Winfrey, Newt Gingrich on House Speaker Nancy
 Pelosi; Martin Amis on Osama bin Laden; Martin Scorsese on Leonardo
 DiCaprio; Roseanne on Sacha Baron Cohen; David Beckham on Simon Fuller;
 Henry Kissinger on Angel Merkel; Lovie Smith on Tony Dungy; Russell Crowe
 on Brian Grazer; Timbaland on Justin Timberlake; Miles Beckett, the
 director of "Lonelygirl15," on YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley;
 video game champion Fatal1ty on Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto; and Patti
 Davis on Michael J. Fox.
     -- The complete list is available at
     -- For the first time, President George W. Bush is not on the list.
     -- Oprah Winfrey and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have each been on
        the TIME 100 four years in a row, more than any other honoree.
     -- Also for the first time, the TIME 100 includes a list of "Power
        Givers"-influentials with a mind for philanthropy and thoughtful
        activism-including Bill & Melinda Gates; Angelina Jolie; David
        Rockefeller and more.
     -- This year's diverse list features honorees from 27 countries and a wide
        range of disciplines, and includes 29 women and 71 men.
     -- Stephen Colbert and Korean pop star Rain, who are not on the TIME 100
        list, tied for the highest rating on TIME.com's TIME 100 poll. More
        than 2.5 million votes were cast.