The annual list taps leaders and notable figures from across the public spectrum, including business, politics, sports and the arts. Time asks celebrities to write blurbs explaining why each person was chosen for the list. For example, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett penned an entry for LeBron James.
“In many ways, these connections—forged across and among industries—are the heart of the Time 100, which now, in its 16th year, is far more than a list. It is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of whom support and challenge one another. And at a time when so many of our problems require cross-disciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote.
The notable business leaders who appear on this year’s list can be found below.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO
The social media titan has faced unprecedented scrutiny in recent months over Facebook’s data privacy practices and efforts to combat foreign meddling on its platform. Zuckerberg will likely remain under the microscope ahead of the 2020 election cycle.
Bob Iger, Disney CEO
The longtime Disney CEO presided over the company’s recent acquisition of Fox entertainment assets. Under Iger’s leadership, Disney is set to unveil a streaming service later this year that will feature content from Marvel, Star Wars and other major properties.
Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve chairman
Powell, who succeeded Janet Yellen as Fed chair in February 2018, has dealt with relentless pressure in recent months. President Trump has repeatedly criticized the Fed’s interest rate hikes and threatened to replace Powell.
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei CEO
Ren founded Huawei, a massive tech company that has faced scrutiny over its ties to the Chinese government. The United States and other countries have banned Huawei smartphones over concerns that Chinese intelligence can access the devices. Ren’s daughter, Huawei CFO Meng Wanchou, was arrested earlier this year on various charges amid a brewing trade conflict between the U.S. and China.
Adam Bowen and James Monsees, JUUL co-founders
As co-founders of Juul, Bowen and Monsees have steered a company at the forefront of the e-cigarette craze. Juul has enjoyed strong sales and a massive market share, but has also dealt with heavy scrutiny from regulators over potential health risks and widespread use of its devices among teenagers.
Jenn Hyman, Rent the Runway co-founder
Hyman’s company, which allows users to rent designer clothes online, earned a $1 billion valuation earlier this year. A Harvard Business School graduate, the Rent the Runway CEO is also a staunch proponent of gender equality and female entrepreneurship.
Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin CEO
An industrial engineer by trade, Hewson has led Lockheed Martin since 2013 and overseen massive growth at the company. Lockheed’s market cap has doubled during her tenure.