Today, TIME reveals the ninth annual TIME 100, which lists the 100 most influential people in the world.

Managing Editor Rick Stengel writes, “The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world…. Now [one] can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier—or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable.”

The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The ninth-annual list includes: President Barack Obama on Warren Buffett, Bill Bain on Governor Mitt Romney, Howard Stern on Matt Lauer, Garry Trudeau on Stephen Colbert, Valerie Plame Wilson on Claire Danes, Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein, Al Gore on Tim Cook, Stella McCartney on Rihanna, Cicely Tyson on Viola Davis, Alyssa Milano on Pete Cashmore, Robert Gates on Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush on Marco Rubio, Judd Apatow on Kristen Wiig, Pink on Adele, Jeremy Lin on Tim Tebow, Ralph Nader on Ron Paul, and many more. The list is divided into five categories: Moguls, Breakouts, Icons, Pioneers and Leaders.

The TIME 100 includes 54 international figures from 37 countries, more than any previous TIME 100 and the first time that there are more international names on the list than American. Some of the notable international names include: Benjamin Netanyahu, Lionel Messi, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, Dilma Rousseff, Wang Yang, Xi Jinping, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, René Redzepi and many more.

The winner of the TIME 100 poll was Anonymous, the network of Internet activists, which received more than 395,000 “Yes” votes. As winner of the poll, they are included on the official TIME 100.

The list appears in the first ever perfect-bound edition of TIME, the April 30, 2012 issue, which goes on sale Thursday, April 19.

A selection of 50 of the TIME 100 are listed below, while the entire list can be seen at TIME.

Adele, Singer

José Andrés, Chef and activist

Anonymous, Internet collective; winner of’s 2012 TIME 100 poll

Eike Batista, President, EBX Group; Brazil’s richest man

Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx

Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Sarah Burton, Creative Director, Alexander McQueen

Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO, Mashable

Jessica Chastain, Actor

Louis CK, Comedian

Hillary Clinton,United States Secretary of State

Stephen Colbert, Host, The Colbert Report

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder, Give an Hour

Claire Danes, Actor

Viola Davis, Actor

Novak Djokovic, Tennis player

Maryam Durani, Afghan activist; radio station owner and operator

Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify

Asghar Farhadi, Director, A Separation

Ali Ferzat, Syrian political cartoonist

Chelsea Handler, Comedian

Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs; founder, The Aspen Institute

E.L. James, Author, 50 Shades of Grey

Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy

Matt Lauer, Host, NBC’s TODAY Show

Chen Lihua, Founder and Chairman, Fuwah International Group; China’s richest woman

Jeremy Lin, Point guard, New York Knicks

Christian Marclay, Artist, The Clock

Erik Martin, General Manager, Reddit

Lionel Messi, Football player, FC Barcelona

Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Pippa Middleton, Sister of the Duchess of Cambridge

Alexei Navalny,Blogger and activist

SharmeenObaid-Chinoy, Oscar-winning filmmaker of Saving Face

Barack Obama,President of the United States

Ann Patchett, Novelist

Oscar Pistorius, Double amputee sprinter

Ben Rattray, Founder,

René Redzepi, Chef, Noma

Rihanna, Singer

Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM

Raphael Saadiq, Singer

Sheryl Sandberg,COO, Facebook

Tilda Swinton, Actor

Tim Tebow, Quarterback, New York Jets

Yani Tseng, Professional golfer, LPGA

Alice Walton, Founder, Crystal Bridges Museum

Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company

Kristen Wiig, Actor and comedian

The entire list is here:

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