Bo Xilai and Hanhan in "2010 TIME 100"

16:50, April 30, 2010      

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"American-style democracy" seemed to have little effect on the "2010 Time 100," which hardly reflected online voting this year. The Time 100 is an annual list of the world's 100 most influential people released by Time Magazine on April 29.

The Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi ranked third in the “Heroes” category though he topped Time's online poll with nearly 1.5 million votes. Instead, former U.S. President Bill Clinton topped this group despite only having 6,397 votes.

Different from Time's previous lists, the "2010 TIME 100" was divided into four groups of leaders, artists, icons and thinkers. Each group had 25 people.

In the “Leaders” category, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ranked first; J.T. Wang, CEO of Taiwanese PC-maker Acer Group, ranked second; U.S. President Barack Obama ranked fourth; Bo Xilai, secretary of the CPC Chongqing committee, ranked 20th; and Baidu CEO Robin Li ranked 24th.

In the “Artists” category, Lady Gaga, an American female musician, ranked first; Han Han, a Chinese writer, ranked 24th, though he was the runner-up in the online poll with nearly 900,000 votes; and James Cameron, director of the first truly 3D film "Avatar," ranked 25th.

In the "Icons" category, Kim Yu-Na, a Korean figure skater, ranked second, though she took the third place in the online poll with over 800,000 votes. Jet Li, a Chinese movie star and also founder of One Foundation, ranked 18th.

In the “Thinkers” category, British architect Zaha Hadid ranked first. Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranked 11th.

The magazine also issued a creative and interesting list of “the least influential people of 2010”. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, emir of Dubai, ranked first in the group of "losers," and Google Buzz, a social-networking software, ranked second in this group. Taipei101, H1N1, and Greece were also included on the list.

The magazine started "Time 100" annual lists from 2004. Netizens across the world can cast votes on Time's Web site for 200 nominees for the world's top-100 influential people.

By People'sDaily Online


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