The Time 100 offers many TED connections

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Time-100-2014Time has given its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year a twist again for 2014 — each person on the list was written about by someone who could just as easily have appeared on it themselves. Below, the many TED connections in this package, both honorees and writers, divided into the categories Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.



  • TED2014’s surprise speaker, Edward Snowden (watch his talk), not-too-surprisingly makes the list
  • Arunachalam Muruganantham (watch his talk) gets picked thanks to his sanitary pad revolution
  • Al Gore (watch his latest talk) writes about Tom Steyer of NextGen Climate
  • J.J. Abrams (watch his TED talk) shares his love of Alfonso Cuarón, the man behind Gravity
  • Brian Greene (watch his talk) writes about John Kovac, whose team identified ripples in space-time consistent with inflationary theory
  • TED attendee Shonda Rhimes lauds Jenji Kohan, who made Orange Is the New Black (watch a TEDx talk about the book the show is based on)
  • David Agus (watch his talk) writes about David Sinclair, the geneticist working to reverse aging of cells



  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (watch her talk) is honored for guarding Nigeria’s public funds, and Bono (watch his talk) shares why he is proud to work for her
  • Madeleine Albright (watch her talk) clobbers Vladimir Putin for his decisions regarding Ukraine
  • Tech investor Esther Dyson (watch her TEDx talk) cheers on Ory Okolloh’s (watch her talk) efforts to rebuild Africa
  • Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi (watch his TEDx talk), compliments Thuli Madonsela’s work as public protector of South Africa
  • Writer Elif Shafak (watch her talk) shares why she believes Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul is at a crossroads


  • Charlie Rose (watch his talk) gets honored for his interviewing chops, and is called “a disarming man” by Michael Bloomberg
  • Gabby Giffords (watch her talk) meditates on Malala Yousafzai’s (watch her father’s talk at TED2014) strength and courage
  • Melinda Gates (watch her talk) highlights Christy Turlington Burns’s fight for the health of mothers worldwide
  • And finally, T. Boone Pickens (watch his talk) gives unexpected applause for businessman Carl Icahn

—Kate Torgovnick and Becky Chung