Obama, Lin Top Time Magazine's Most Influential

The magazine releases a preview of their annual "Top 100 Most Influential People" issue with some controversial choices.

By Jessica N. Flynn
|  Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:47 PM PDT
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Basketball behemoth and Angeleno Jeremy Lin, 23, was named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in the World, along with President Barack Obama.

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Every year, Time magazine gathers up the most important and the most inspirational for its highly-anticipated "Top 100 Most Influential People In The World" issue and some choices just might raise eyebrows.

The Time 100 list is comprised of global leaders, breakout stars, moguls, entertainers and icons and, according to the magazine, is designed to show people who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us, and change our world."

Among the influential picks: President Barack Obama, NBA superstar Jeremy Lin, Apple's CEO Tim Cook, NBC news anchor Matt Lauer, and entertainers such as Adele and Rhianna.

The issue doesn't shy away from featuring the world’s most influential, good or bad.

In the top 100, is what Time called it’s "rogue's list.” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Afghanistan's Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr were all listed.

"We are living in a transformative period in which leadership and influence emerge in unlikely places,” said Rick Stengel, Time Magazine editor.

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