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Time’s List of 100 Most Influential People

Hey LUXies, The verdict is in; this year’s honorees for Time’s Top 100 Influential People have quite a few expected faces, some surprising new techies and definitely some jaw-droppers!! wink

We are pleased to announce that both our current president, Barack Obama, and first lady, Michelle Obama, made the list with the likes of Oprah, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Zac Efron and The View Ladies.

The people’s pick for the title of ‘World’s Most Influential Person’ ends up being twenty-something, Christopher Poole, aka. Moot. Even though, some questioned if ‘online tactics’ were used to secure the vote, Time honored the results to put Poole among many notable names! For those who might not know, Poole is the founder of 4chan.org, which he started in 2003 to attract Japanese comic fans. It seems his site has some impressive stats, according to Time: 13 million page views a day, 5.6 million visitors a month, and just might be one of the largest bulletin boards in the world. His following is clearly evident by the amount of people who voted him in as this year’s top of the list!

Some of the most controversial and interesting names include: Joaquin Guzman (Druglord), Bernie Madoff, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

A few additional techies also worth mentioning: Jeff Bezos, The Twitter Creators, Nandan Nilekani and Jack Ma.

It seems what secured Jeff Bezos name on the list was not just his retail platform, but his newly designed device that transforms the way we read. The much talked about “Kindle” is a digital device to meet the needs of bookworms on the go, by allowing access to more then one book at a time without all the hassle. We are glad that Amazon's Bezos made the list, since he truly is a visionary entrepreneur and with the “Kindle 2” just released, we’re looking forward to expanding our minds while also being eco-friendly! wink

Well, we are pleased to announce that the Twitter fan club continues and that Time Magazine allowed Kutcher to communicate in more then 140 characters the importance of this new online platform and we couldn’t have said it better.

“Years from now, when historians reflect on the time we are currently living in, the names Biz Stone and Evan Williams will be referenced side by side with the likes of Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Guglielmo Marconi, Philo Farnsworth, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs—because the creation of Twitter by Stone, Williams and Jack Dorsey is as significant and paradigm-shifting as the invention of Morse code, the telephone, radio, television or the personal computer.” –Ashton Kutcher, Time Magazine

Many have said that Nandan Nilekani has the “vision to move mountains,” which makes him the ideal candidate for the most influential list. He is co-founder and co-chairman of Infosys Technologies, the first true global company in India and aims to bridge the gap between the old and the new ways of operating in India.

“My objective in life is to be an object of change,” says Nandan Nilekani

Jack Ma continues to make a remarkable impact on the international marketplace with his company, Alibaba.com. Their auction site, Taobao.com, did so well that in 2006 EBay was forced to shutdown its own China division. Despite the economic condition, his profits increased 39% to $440 million last year. It is evident that he is a contender to continue to watch.

As you can see, this year’s list is full of extraordinary people that have influenced us in one form or another. We hope this inspires you to make a difference in your own life, through those that you touch on an everyday basis! Remember, ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ LIVE.LOVE.LUX.

For the full 100 Finalists visit Time Magazine.

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