Get To Know The Names Behind TIME’s 100 Most Influential of 2020

We take a closer look at the individuals who are making history at the start of a new decade.

Every year, we read about people who made headlines for their remarkable contributions and influence across the world. TIME Magazine honors 100 of these individuals and small groups who made a mark on the industry they are part of. From politics, entertainment, sports, media, fashion to human rights, these people carry a significant impact on thousands. No matter the nature of the change they brought, they undeniably influence the views and actions of the world and shape the future.

Scroll below to see the complete list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential.



Megan Thee Stallion
American rapper, singer, and songwriter

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association

Ibram X. Kendi
American author, historian, and scholar of race and discriminatory policy in America

Nathan Law
Hong Kong activist

Tomi Adeyemi
Nigerian-American novelist and creative writing coach, Children of Blood and Bone (2018)

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. (Photos from NASA and The Forward)

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
U.S. astronauts who completed the first all-female spacewalk in 2019

Julie K. Brown
American investigative journalist who pursued the sex trafficking story of Jeffrey Epstein

Cecilia Martinez
Research professor at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware

Maya Moore
American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association

Chase Strangio
American lawyer and transgender rights activist

Zhang Yongzhen
Chinese scientist who sequenced the first COVID-19 genome

Filmmaker, activist, and writer, Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018)

Waad Al-Kateab
Syrian journalist, filmmaker, and activist, For Sama (2019)

Abubacarr Tambadou
Gambian lawyer and politician

Gabriela Camara. (Photo from Marcus Nilsson)

Gabriela Camara
Mexican chef and restaurant owner of Contramar

Camilla Rothe
Munich-based infectious-disease specialist and her team who first documented an asymptomatic infection of COVID-19

Rebecca Gomperts
Amsterdam-based doctor and founder of Women on Waves and Women on Web

Ravindra Gupta
Professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease

Lauren Gardner
American engineer who created the dashboard to share COVID-19 information at John Hopkins University

Shi Zhengli
Chinese virologist

Shiori Ito
Japanese journalist and filmmaker



The Weeknd
Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer

Ali Wong
Vietnamese-Chinese-American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer, Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Michael B. Jordan
American actor and producer, Black Panther (2018)

Selena Gomez
American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer

J Balvin
Colombian reggaeton singer

Jojo Siwa
American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality

Halsey. (Photo from Aidan Cullen)

American singer, songwriter, and activist

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
English actress, writer, and producer, Fleabag (2016-2019)

Jennifer Hudson
American singer, actress, and philanthropist

Yo-Yo Ma
American cellist

Dapper Dan
American fashion designer and haberdashery

Anais Mitchell
American singer-songwriter, musician, and playwright, Hadestown (2017)

Michaela Coel
English actress, screenwriter, director, producer, and singer, Chewing Gum (2015-2017)

Bong Joon Ho. (Photo from Richard Shotwell/AP/Shutterstock)

Bong Joon Ho
South Korean filmmaker, Parasite (2019)

Chilean feminist performance collective protesting violence against women

Julie Mehretu
American contemporary visual artist

Ayushmann Khurrana
Indian actor, singer, and television host



Anthony Fauci
American physician and immunologist

Kamala Harris
American politician and attorney

Tsai Ing-Wen
Taiwanese politician and academic who serves as seventh President of the Republic of China

John Roberts. (Photo from Steve Petteway)

John Roberts
American lawyer and jurist who serves as Chief Justice of the United States.

Xi Jinping
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Donald Trump
45th and president of the United States in 2020

Pseudonym of a former Syrian government forensic photographer

Angela Merkel
German politician who is the Chancellor of Germany

Joe Biden
American politician and former Vice President of the United States

Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil

Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Narendra Modi
14th and current Prime Minister of India

William Barr
United States Attorney General

Annie Hidalgo
French–Spanish politician who is the mayor of Paris

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director general of the World Health Organization

Mary Kay Henry
American labor union activist, the first woman to lead the Service Employees International Union

Nemonte Nenquimo. (Photo from Mongabay)

Nemonte Nenquimo
President of the Waorani of Pastaza and a co-founder of the Ceibo Alliance who filed a lawsuit for the Amazon rainforest fire in 2019

Ursula Von Der Leyen
President of the European Commission

Jung Eun-Kyeong
South Korean infectious disease and public health expert

Bonnie Castillo
Nurse and executive director of National Nurses United and of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum
Congolese microbiologist

Yousef Al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States and Minister of state



Gabrielle Union
American actress, voice artist, activist, and author Bring It On (2000)

Dwyane Wade
American former professional basketball player for Miami Heat

Sundar Pichai
Indian-American business executive and CEO of Alphabet Inc.

Tyler Perry. (Photo from Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)

Tyler Perry
American actor, writer, producer, and director who created the Madea character

Mackenzie Scott
American novelist, billionaire, and venture philanthropist

Robert F. Smith
American businessman and CEO of investment firm Vista Equity Partners

Lewis Hamilton
British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Jerome Powell
Chair of the Federal Reserve

Patrick Mahomes
American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
CEO of the national hunger-relief agency Feeding America

Greg Berlanti
American writer, producer, and film director, Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003)

Shari Redstone
American media executive

Eric Yuan. (Photo from Thrive Global)

Eric Yuan
Chinese-American billionaire businessman and CEO of Zoom Video Communications

Tony Elumelu
African economist who is the chairman of Heir Holdings and the United Bank of Africa

Zhong Nanshan
Chinese pulmonologist and recipient of Order of the Republic, the highest order of honor in China

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Lisa Nishimura
Vice President, Original Documentary and Independent Features at Netflix

General Charles Q. Brown Jr.
The United States Air Force four-star general

Daniel Zhang
CEO of Alibaba Group

Gwynne Shotwell
American businesswoman and President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX

Tunji Funsho
Chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee



Amy O’Sullivan
Brooklyn-based ER nurse

Ady Barkan
American lawyer and liberal activist

Billy Porter
American actor and singer

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. (Photo from Jeff Vespa/Getty)

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi
The women behind the Black Lives Matter movement

Naomi Osaka
Japanese professional tennis player

Angela Davis
American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author

Chi Chia-Wei
Taiwanese gay civil rights activist

Megan Rapinoe
American professional soccer player

Felipe Neto
Portuguese-Brazilian manager, vlogger, actor, comedy actor, and writer

Allyson Felix
Olympic champion American track and field sprinter

Sister Norma Pimentel
Mexican-American nun of the Missionaries of Jesus

David Hill
Award-winning New Zealand author, See Ya, Simon (1992)

Arussi Unda. (Photo from Victor Yañez)

Arussi Unda
Mexican feminist

Nurkey Turkel
Uyghur American attorney, public official, and human rights advocate

Lina Attalah
Egyptian media figure and journalist

An 82-year-old woman who is the face of an all-female led-protest against a controversial citizenship law

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