Kanye West, Bradley Cooper and Kim Kardashian Are Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World

Find out who is on TIME's newest list of the world's most influential people


TIME magazine has released its TIME 100 list – its selection of 100 influential people that most shaped the past year – and while this year’s list includes some names you’d expect, it also features some that may surprise you: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Bradley Cooper among them.

The TIME 100 (which you can see more of here) features some surprising pairings of honorees and the guest contributors TIME selected to write the honoree profiles.

In the issue hitting newsstands Friday, Martha Stewart writes about Kardashian. “[Kim] and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings – shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch – have also expanded the very definition of family,” Stewart writes. “Despite the flamboyance, the self-aggrandizement and the self-promotion Kim comes across as an enviable big sister in a clan where everyone seems to love one another.”

“In our annual TIME 100 issue, we tell 100 stories of individual influence. But taken together, these stories are an anthem to interaction, the convergence that occurs when a good idea goes viral. The technology that connects us also connects our worlds, of art and science and business and politics. So when we were debating whom to approach to write for this issue, we looked for people who could speak to their subject s influence in all its dimensions,” said TIME editor Nancy Gibbs. “Every year we hope the TIME 100 will introduce you to influential people you might not have met before and encourage you to find out more about them.”

Other notables writing about fellow influential people on the list include SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Kanye West, Oliver Platt on Bradley Cooper, Oprah Winfrey on director Lee Daniels, Taylor Swift on Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten, Chris Rock on Kevin Hart, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon, and Amy Poehler on her Parks and Recreation costar Chris Pratt.

This year’s TIME 100 also includes Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai and President Barack Obama.

Ginsburg, West, Cooper, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos each appear individually on five different TIME covers, which are all included in each issue.

For the complete list, pick up the TIME 100 issue, on newsstands Friday.

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