Ranging from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, Time magazine on Thursday issued its annual list of "The 100 Most Influential People." The list includes at least three people with Long Island connections: Food Network personality Ina Garten, of East Hampton; and Disney chief executive Robert Iger and comedian Amy Schumer, who were raised in Oceanside and Rockville Centre, respectively.
Divided into five categories -- "Artists," "Icons," "Leaders" "Pioneers" and "Titans" -- the list mixes pop culture and politics, sports and academia, with each entry given a capsule tribute written by another notable.
Media mogul Martha Stewart wrote the tribute for reality star Kim Kardashian. Inventor, engineer and entrepreneur Elon Musk authored rapper Kanye West's accolade. Kardashian and West both appear under "Titans" alongside Iger, 64, and billionaire power brokers Charles and David Koch, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Among "Artists" are Bradley Cooper, Kevin Hart, Julianne Moore and John Oliver, plus Schumer, 33, whom actress Tilda Swinton called "an honesty bomb." The Academy Award-winner added that the "Inside Amy Schumer" star is "the first in the water every time, fully clothed with the abandon only 8- or 80-year-olds tend to display, and she urges us to join her. I'm in."
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, a recent New York City transplant who was listed in the "Icons" section, was honored with a tribute by Mariska Hargitay. Swift, 25, in turn wrote that Garten, 67 and also an "Icon," "shows us how to create memories that we'll treasure for years to come." Pope Francis was also lauded in the "Icons" list, with a tribute written by Nobel Prize winner the Rev. Desmond Tutu.
"Pioneers" features transgender TV star Laverne Cox as well as actresses including Emma Watson and Reese Witherspoon. Among "Leaders" are numerous heads of state, including Putin, as well as such political figures as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell; and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who pens a tribute to her fellow "Leaders" list-member, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.