Also on the index: Steve Bannon, Constance Wu, Riz Ahmed, and Evan Spiegel
The president will be pleased.
Time recently released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world—and three of them are members of the Trump family. The magazine divides the hundred club into five groups: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons. President Donald Trump earns a spot—as most presidents have— in the third category, while his eldest daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are listed as pioneers.
Other White House inhabitants on Time’s annual power index include chief of staff Reince Priebus and the beleaguered chief strategist Stephen Bannon. America’s commander-in-chief loves tracking accolades from this particular magazine, so someone at the newsweekly will likely be receiving a Sharpie-scrawled thank you note soon.
Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me "Person of the Year" – a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
The mini-essay that went along with Ivanka’s accolade was penned by her friend, Wendi Deng Murdoch. “I am deeply impressed by her courage to leave behind life as she knew it and move her young family to Washington to pursue positive change,” wrote Murdoch, who was married to the executive chairman of News Corp, Moneyish’s parent company. “My daughters have long looked up to her. Now women and girls around the globe can look up to her too.”
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote a brief piece calling Kushner’s familial ties with the president an asset, while House Speaker Paul Ryan called President Trump “a driven, hands-on leader, with the potential to become a truly transformational American figure.”
Though the list was dominated by western and white personalities, it did have some international bent. Actors Constance Wu and Riz Ahmed were celebrated, as was Yuriko Koike, Tokyo’s first female governor. The newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand made an appearance, as did Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, Syrian humanitarian Raed Saleh and Snap Inc’s chief executive Evan Spiegel.
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