Time magazine just released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world."
British soul singer Adele made it onto the prestigious Time 100 list. U.K. royal Kate Middleton, a.k.a. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is also a new name in the lineup following her wedding to Prince William last year. Her sister Pippa Middleton, who was recently embroiled in a gun/paparazzi controversy, surprisingly made the cut.
Bajan popstar Rihanna, movie executive Harvey Weinstein and President Barack Obama are also included on the 2012 list. Actresses recognized by the magazine include Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Tilda Swinton and Claire Danes. TV personalities Matt Lauer, Stephen Colbert and Chelsea Handler are also included.
2012 TIME 100:
Barbara Van Dahlen
Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani
U Thein Sein
Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Juan Manuel Santos
Portia Simpson Miller
Maria das Graças Silva Foster
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton
Kim Jong Un
Mullah Mohammed Omar and Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr