Nigerian President Makes Time’s List Of 100 ‘Most Influential People In The World’

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has emerged the only African leader on the Time magazine list of the 100 Most Influential Persons in the World released on Wednesday.

Other world leaders and individuals who made the list are: US President Barrack Obama; U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; hacking group, Anonymous; American billionaire, Warren Buffet; President of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khamenei; Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Also on the list are Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff; new North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un; Syrian President Bashar Assad; American Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul; pop star, Rihanna; fashion designer, Sarah Burton; and Chinese heir apparent, Xi Jinping.

“Celebrities” who made the cut include:

Chelsea Handler
Claire Danes
Kate Middleton
Pippa Middleton
Kristen Wiig
Louis C.K.
Matt Lauer
Stephen Colbert
Viola Davis
E.L. James
Harvey Weinstein
Jessica Chastain
Tilda Swinton

A number of celebs also contributed written pieces:

Angelina Jolie on filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Stella McCartney on Rihanna
Ashton Kutcher on Spotify CEO Daniel Ek
Pink on Adele
Howard Stern on Matt Lauer
Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein
Kathy Griffin on Chelsea Handler
Alyssa Milano on Mashable CEO Peter Cashmore
Elton John on singer Raphael Saadiq
Sarah Jessica Parker on designer Sarah Burton

Profile highlights include:

Adele by Pink: ”There are a few artists in my life who I can think back and remember where I was when I first heard them…. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste—that we still occasionally come back to what’s simple, and simply amazing.”

Chelsea Handler by Kathy Griffin: “Look, I don’t know how Chelsea Handler does it. Chelsea presides over her own media empire—talk show, sitcom, books—all while sharing a network with Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians. To hell with the Time 100; she should be Person of the Year just for putting up with Khloe.”

Rihanna by Stella McCartney: “She’s one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride…. This is the beginning for Rihanna…. She is just getting going, so watch out.”

Matt Lauer by Howard Stern: “We all wondered, Was it over? It’s over, it’s over, he’s losing his hair! It’s got to be over! But we were wrong! … He was still the smartest, the strongest, the classiest…. No wonder NBC is paying someone $25 million a year and it ain’t me!”

Harvey Weinstein by Johnny Depp: “There are producers, and then there are producers. Harvey belongs to the latter batch…. Harvey isn’t afraid of a duke-’em-out. (I’ve had the pleasure of being both his ally and his enemy at various times.) He stops at nothing for what he believes in.”

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