What makes a person influential? This is a question that has inspired countless debates not just between everyday individuals, but also in several major news outlets. The standard dictionary defintion of the word “influential” is that it is primarily used as an adjective to describe a person or even an object that has the capability to exert a compelling force on or produce certain effects on the opinions, behavior, and the actions of others. That being said, it’s no wonder why the issue of being influential is a frequently much-discussed topic within our society and media. And speaking of media, one well-known publication has regularly compiled a list of what they believe are the most influential people in the world, and that publication is none other than TIME Magazine.
Founded in the United States on March 1923 by co-editors Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, TIME Magazine remains as one of the world’s longest-running and most recognizable news-oriented magazines with a global circulation that reaches readers and subscribers from North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. The publication releases new issues on a weekly basis and focuses primarily on current and ongoing news events with an emphasis on investigative journalism, as well as regular forays into the examination of modern pop culture ranging from arts and entertainment, science and religion, to politics and philanthropy. The magazine’s branding has gone beyond its original print format to expand further into a veritable media brand that has now gone digital in the age of technology and the rise of the internet.