Wael Ghonim, the young Egyptian credited with helping mobilise Egypt’s youth and force out President Hosni Mubarak has been named as the world’s most influential person.
He shares a the front cover of the American magazine, Time with pop stars and politicians some of whom have sparked surprise at their inclusion.
Julian Assange famous for his whistle blowing website, WikiLeaks is also listed. He was named by the French daily newspaper, Le Monde as their person of the year for 2010.
Among the women named is Dilma Roussef, now Brazil’s first female president. Once in the past, on her route to the presidential palace, she was captured and jailed as she fought against the then military dictatorship.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been a constant feature in this annual list since it first started eight years ago. She is there again.
Tapping into the current ‘Royal’ climate Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will marry next week, appear together ranked at number 40.
Sport is represented by Lionel Messi the Argentine footballer and star of Barcelona. The striker’s goals have proved invaluable on the European and world stage.
The inclusion of teenage pop idol Justin Bieber has caused surprise. The list, says Time, causes dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution!
In Egypt, Wael Ghonim helped mobilize Egypt’s youth and force out President Hosni Mubarak, who had led the country since 1981. one year on, Ghonim – a 30-year-old Google executive – played a key role in organizing the anti-government protests in January. He was detained for 10 days by the government, but when he was released he became even more vocal, sitting down for media interviews and addressing thousands of demonstrators at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.