TIME magazine has released its annual TIME 100 list, recognizing the most influential pioneers, titans, artists, leaders and icons.
Actress Priyanka Chopra and musician Nikki Minaj also made the list, in the artists and icons sections, respectively, and were featured on separate covers of the magazine’s issue. A total of six covers were created, and featured Leonardo DiCaprio, Christine Lagarde, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.
TIME explained that each person made some kind of breakthrough. “They broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of,” it said. “They are seekers, with a fearless willingness to be surprised by what they find,” it added.
TIME introduced its inaugural most influential list in 1999, and it became annual in 2004. Each honoree on the list features a short essay written about them by a public figure within their field.
Comedian and actor Ansari and Last Mile Health co-founder and chief executive Raj Panjabi were recognized as pioneers on the list.
Ansari, who stars in the Netflix original hit “Master of None," was featured in a short piece by Illana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, co-creators of the Comedy Central sitcom “Broad City.”
The duo, who also star in “Broad City,” said each episode of “Master of None,” which gives you Ansari’s perspective of New York, “is its own little experience: the way Aziz talks about his ethnicity and career is so interesting, and the entertainment-industry world he writes about is hysterical and on point.”
Ansari is also well-known for his role in “Parks and Recreation,” which ran from 2009 through 2015.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave his take on Panjabi as part of the TIME 100. The former president wrote about the healthcare pioneer: “We will always face challenges, but we’re all better off because there are people like Raj who are visionary, caring and determined enough to meet them.”
Panjabi, in addition to Last Mile Health, is an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative.
The Indian American has been ranked as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation social entrepreneur, Echoing Green Fellow and recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Movement Award.
“To spend time with Raj Panjabi is to see up close what happens when someone with uncommon courage and compassion puts himself on the front lines of the world’s most complex challenges,” Clinton added.
Pichai falls in the titans category in the TIME 100. Bill Nye, known as “the Science Guy,” penned an essay about the Google chief executive officer for TIME, explaining how he “has helped change the world.”
“You can look him up, er, I mean, you can Google him,” Nye started. “He was the head guy on Google Drive. That’s the original term for ‘the cloud.’ He worked on Google Chrome, Gmail and Android phones. A great many of us can’t tell which side of a street we’re on without checking Google Maps.”
The engineer took over as Google CEO in August 2015, having been with the company since 2004. He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, Stanford University and Wharton School, earning a bachelor’s, master’s and M.B.A., respectively.
“Engineering applies a combination of logic and intuition to problem solving. It’s a way of thinking that leaves one well suited to run a company,” Nye continued. “We are all watching for what he produces next.”
South Carolina Gov. Haley made a name for herself nationally when she was at the forefront of her state moving to take the Confederate flag down from the statehouse grounds in the wake of the mass shooting at a Charleston church.
The governor also served as the speaker of the Republican Party in response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address speech earlier this year.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote an essay for TIME about Haley, saying that in one of the most challenging years on record for the state, “Haley led with determination, grace and compassion.”
Graham went on to write, “From shaking up the system to providing kindness and understanding to the individuals and families affected by these tragedies, she put a face on South Carolina that we were all extremely proud of.”
Haley, according to Graham, excelled to the benefit of the state, revealing how strong a leader she truly is.
Flipkart heads Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, environmentalist Sunita Narain, tennis star Sania Mirza and Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan were the Indian difference makers on the list.
Other notable people on the magazine’s Most Influential List included presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders; current President Barack Obama; Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook; Jamaican track star Usain Bolt; and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.