Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Make TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List

According to TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world published on Thursday, April 16, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are among those who made the cut. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, claims in his TIME profile that “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on […]

According to TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world published on Thursday, April 16, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are among those who made the cut.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, claims in his TIME profile that “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list.” In fact, Kanye West appears on one of the covers of TIME magazine which issues out on Friday. Speaking about the “Jesus Walks” rapper, Mr. Musk adds: “In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): “We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.” But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything.”

Kim Kardashian was also named a Titan. Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, said that Kanye’s wife was “a media phenomenon” and added that Kim had about 29 million followers on Instagram and 31 million followers on Twitter.

“Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness. But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings—shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch—have also expanded the very definition of family,” writes Stewart.

Other famous and influential people who join Kim and Kanye on the list include Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon, Lee Daniels, Chris Pratt, Amy Schumer, Vladimir Putin, Reid Hoffman, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and more.

“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.

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