Let's take a closer look at some of those who showed up in the categories, shall we?
Artists & Entertainers
- Justin Timberlake brought the sexy back... whatever that means. I just don't get his appeal.
- Martin Scorsese won an Oscar many believe was long overdue. I've had The Departed for about a month now - still haven't watched it.
- America Ferrera is no ugly betty.
- Tzipi Livni has the best name. She previously advised Ariel Sharon.
- Omar Hassan al-Bashir is the dictator of the Sudan and the butcher of Darfur. He's proof that it's not just good people who make the list.
- Omigoodness, Hillary is here? Shocked! Shocked, I am! And, yes, her main rival made it, too.
Heroes & Pioneers
- Oprah gets in this category for opening a girl's school in Africa.
- Drew Gilpin Faust is the first female president of Harvard - you know, where Elle Woods attended law school.
- Tony Dungy was the first African American coach to take his team to the Super Bowl. Hmmm... where is that team from?
Scientists & Thinkers
- Al Gore got here by making a horror movie.
- John Mather is developing the James Webb Space Telescope.
- Dr. Nora Volkow researches the influences of drugs on the brain.
Builders & Titans
- Pony Ma is the main Internet guy in China.
- Lakshmi Mittal runs the world's largest steel company.
- Rhonda Byrne wrote a little book that Oprah loved, sparking a phenomenon. Not necessarily a good thing, because the book offers nothing that hasn't been said before.
Surely there are some religious leaders sprinkled around, right? Let's see:
- Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria for the Anglican church - sharp critic of the Episcopal Church
- Benedict XVI, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
So... two. Two religious leaders. Both Christians - no Jews, no Muslims, no Hindus. Interesting...
Here is last year's post about the Time 100 issue of May 2006.