Who are the people who make the Internet? TIME evaluated contenders based on their global impact on social media and their ability to drive news.
TIME’s list is one to be trusted. For one, it is made to focus on who is ‘influential’ rather than an ‘influencer.’ As such, do not go look for a Kardashian, you won’t find one here.
On the contrary, this list highlights people across the world who actually defy the stereotypes we would usually associate with influencer culture. Think Hong Kong protesters, outspoken actors and pop starts or controversial figures.
Also, TIME’s is not ranked, so don’t try to argue why your favorite should have been higher up the list.
Ready? Here it is:
- Lil Nas X
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- President Donald Trump
- Rahaf Mohammed
- Ariana Grande
- The School Strikers
- Liza Koshy
- Brian Kolfage
- James Charles
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
- Germán Garmendia
- Cardi B
- Chris Godfrey (The egg)
- Carlos Maza
- Zhang Dayi
- JoJo Siwa
- Ben Shapiro
- Emma Chamberlain
- Hong Kong Protesters
- Yashar Ali
- Jameela Jamil
- Ady Barkan
- Jada Pinkett Smith
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