TIME Reveals the 2021 List of the Next 100 Most Influential People in the World

Posted on February 17, 2021

TIME reveals the 2021 TIME100 Next list, an expansion of the flagship TIME100 franchise that recognizes 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future of entertainment, health, politics, business and more.

The 2021 TIME100 Next issue features six worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the list: performer Dua Lipa, actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, athlete Marcus Rashford, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, fashion designer Telfar Clemens, and author Brit Bennett.

The TIME100 Next list features surprising pairings of the list members and guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The second annual list includes: Jennifer Lopez on Charli D’AmelioTony Hawk on Nyjah HustonAnthony Fauci on Kizzmekia CorbettMitt Romney on Ben SasseSeth Meyers on Amber RuffinShonda Rhimes on Regé-Jean PageBeto O’Rourke on Lina HidalgoJacinda Ardern on Ayesha VerrallKiller Mike on Lil Baby; Jurnee Smollett on Misha Green; J Balvin on AnittaJoaquin Castro on Dairon Elisondo RojasSpike Lee on John David Washington; Greta Thunberg on Vanessa Nakate; Gwen Stefani on Olivia RodrigoAshley Graham on Paloma Elsesser; Rachel Maddow on Steve KornackiBernice A. King on Jon OssoffJamie Lee Curtis on Ana de Armas; Juan Guaidó on Svetlana TikhanovskayaZendaya on Hunter SchaferAllyson Felix on Sydney McLaughlinJudd Apatow on John WilsonGarth Brooks on Luke Combs; Madeline Albright on Jake Sullivan and many more. 


The TIME100 Next has no age limit. Of this year’s list, Felsenthal writes: “Although recognizing the leaders of tomorrow lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally have no age cap, an acknowledgment that ascents can begin at any age. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 16-year-old entertainer Charli D’Amelio, who counts more than 100 million followers on TikTok. Among the eldest is 51-year-old Raphael Warnock, a Democratic Senator from Georgia, whose recent election represents ‘the dawn of a new South,’ writes Rev. Bernice A. King, the CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.”

This year’s list features 54 women, including: Phoebe BridgersMaria RagaAna de Armas, Janja GarnbretFlorence PughClementine JacobyAnya Taylor-JoyGuo NingningSohla El-WayllySarah Al AmiriShira Haas, and more.

The 2021 TIME100 Next list features several doctors, scientists, and public health professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them: New Zealand Associate Minister of Health Dr. Ayesha Verrall, physician Dr. Dairon Elisondo Rojas, Get Us PPE executive director Dr. Shikha Gupta, medical union leader Dr. Izkia Siches Pastén, immunologist Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, and more.

Activists, advocates and philanthropists fighting for equality and justice on the list: political strategist Jessica Byrd, activist Bartosz Staszewski, Justice for Migrant Women president Mónica Ramírez, #EndSARS activists Feyikemi Abudu, Odunayo Eweniyi, and Damilola Odufuwa, and more.

The 2021 TIME100 Next also includes emerging leaders fighting against climate change: writer Julian Brave NoiseCat, marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, advocate Vanessa Nakate; and Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

The list features U.S. political figures including: Ben SasseRaphael Warnock, Jon OssoffLina HidalgoAdam KinzingerParker Poling, and others.

The list also features 1 figure writing under a pen name: Koyoharu Gotouge, the author of the Demon Slayer franchise.

See the complete 2021 TIME100 Next list!


[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Time Magazine]

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