This years’s contenders for Time’s ‘Most Influential People’ list include Senator Kamala Harris, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The global list includes leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and tech and business leaders, and will be announced in mid-April. Although the magazine’s editors will determine this year’s final list, readers are also asked to vote from the probable contenders.
Modi was named among the probable contenders in 2016 and was among the most influential people in the world in 2015. As part of the 2015 list, former President Barack Obama wrote a profile for him. In 2016, a number of Indian American and Indian origin leaders were named to the list, including then Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, tennis star Sania Mirza, actress Priyanka Chopra, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Flipkart founders Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal.
This year’s probable contenders include President Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, actor Riz Ahmed, Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others.