Meet the Most Influential People in the World

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Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as assembled by Time. First published in 1999 as a result of a debate among several academics, the list has become an annual event. Now, Its time for the list of year 2012.

They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100.

Here as follows are the Top 5 Most Influential People in the World in order and the rest 45 will be reveal in a bullet list. To complete the list of 100, click the link below.

On the number 1 spot is Jeremy Lin:

Jeremy Lin Makes Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" List. Six months ago, 95 percent of NBA fans didn't know his name. Today,Time Magazine named him one of the world's most influential people. That's a pretty impressive climb up the life charts, wouldn't you say? TIME explains why  Lin's story works:

Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court.

Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.

It's great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because that's not always the case. Often it's the bling, the glam, the individual that gets celebrated — not the team and working together to advance a goal bigger than oneself. Jeremy cares only about one thing — winning. And I don't care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremy's story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.

Followed by Christian Marclay on number 2:

Wherever it has been shown, Christian Marclay's The Clock has been met with a rare combination of critical approval and public affection — love, even. The idea was audacious in its simplicity and herculean in execution: take moments in films when people are interacting with time — looking at their watches, hurrying to intercept the 3:10 to Yuma or hanging on to the hands of Big Ben — and splice them together in such a way that they unfold in real time over 24 hours, so that the whole thing becomes an accurate (to the minute) timepiece. During the film's opening run in London, I had intended to stay long enough to get the gag — 10 minutes? — before hurrying on to a lunch date. It was so hypnotic, so thrilling, that I ended up watching 20 hours over a month, arranging life and appointments (for which I was invariably late) in such a way as to catch previously unseen segments of that celluloid epic called a day.

3rd is Viola Davis:

I remember sitting in a Broadway theater absolutely mesmerized by Viola Davis' performance as Tonya in August Wilson's play King Hedley II, for which she won her first Tony and Drama Desk awards. I have been consuming a diet of her extraordinary work ever since.

Her life tells a story of personal and professional excellence. Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character. She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity.

As I watch Viola's career soar, I marvel at her strength, stamina and amazing spirit, which I believe comes from her faith in the Almighty. She has taken an opportunity not just to set a standard but to redefine it.

Her recent Oscar nomination for Best Actress in The Help is a beacon for other aspiring actresses. I was privileged to work on this film and humbled that Viola believes my career has been a benchmark for hers. This acknowledgment speaks to the richness of her soul and how she has carried out her life as a mother, wife and actress. She affords me great hope for the future.

Salman Khan on number 4:

Like a lot of great innovators, Salman Khan didn't set out to change the world. He was just trying to help his teenage cousin with her algebra from across the country. But from a closet turned office in his Silicon Valley apartment, Sal, 35, has produced an amazing library of online lectures on math, science and a host of other subjects. In the process, he has turned the classroom — and the world of education — on its head.

The aspiration of is to give every kid a chance at a free, world-class education. The site has over 3,000 short lessons that allow kids to learn at their own pace. Practice exercises send students back to the pertinent video when they're having trouble. And there's a detailed dashboard for teachers who use Khan Academy in their classrooms.

Early pilot programs in California classrooms show terrific promise. I've used Khan Academy with my kids, and I'm amazed at the breadth of Sal's subject expertise and his ability to make complicated topics understandable.

Sal Khan is a true education pioneer. He started by posting a math lesson, but his impact on education might truly be incalculable.

On the 5th spot is Tim Tebow:

Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect.

But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.

On 6th to 10th spot are:

  • E.L. James
  • Louis CK
  • Rihanna
  • Marco Rubio
  • Ali Ferzat

...and to complete the list, here are the rest people that also run the World.

  • René Redzepi
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Anthony Kennedy
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Ben Rattray
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Yani Tseng
  • Raphael Saadiq
  • Elinor Ostrom
  • Samira Ibrahim
  • José Andrés
  • Ann Patchett
  • Dulce Matuz
  • Henrik Schärfe
  • Freeman Hrabowski
  • Maryam Durani
  • Manal al-Sharif
  • Anjali Gopalan
  • Rached Ghannouchi
  • Barbara Van Dahlen
  • Ron Fouchier
  • Donald Sadoway
  • Hans Rosling
  • Asghar Farhadi
  • Sarah Burton
  • Anonymous
  • Pete Cashmore
  • Cami Anderson
  • Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu
  • Ai-jen Poo
  • Marc Andreessen
  • Preet Bharara
  • Robert Grant
  • Andrew Lo
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Alexei Navalny
  • Ray Dalio
  • Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani
  • Chelsea Handler
  • Harvey Weinstein

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