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Thursday April 19, 2012

Nine Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME Magazine’ 100 Most Influential List

Nine Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME Magazine’ 100 Most Influential List

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Each year, TIME Magazine releases “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” list, and this year, 9 Latinos/Hispanics made the list.

From political figures to a red-headed funny man, the Latinos on the this years list span all walks of life.

In the “Influential…” issue, Joan Rivers wrote comedian Louis CK, who grew up in Mexico and holds dual citizenship in Mexico and the U.S., “knows the future — that it’s all about the Internet and social media.” The 44-year-old comedian has seen great success his most recent stand-up comedy special Live at the Beacon Theater, which he sold online only for just $5. He also garnered great acclaim with his FX show Louie, for which he serves as writer, producer, director, and editor.

Fresh-faced Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida joins C.K. on the list, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush calling Rubio “an eloquent voice for limited government, entrepreneurial capitalism and a robust foreign policy.” The 40-year-old senator has been making headlines since the moment he took office, with the most recent rumor being that he is being prepped for the VP spot in the upcoming presidential election.

A young Latina you may not have heard of, but is certainly doing notable work is Dulce Matuz, an undocumented immigrant who after earning a college degree in electrical engineering went on to be president of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Becoming one of the major players in the undocumented student debate, Dulce takes on her opponents with what actress/activist Eva Longoria described as “grace and conviction.”

Lionel Messi. The name itself is enough of a description for many around the world, but for those not certain of his influence, the Argentine soccer star is a big deal. At just 24, Messi is the winner of three Ballon d’Or Player of the Year awards and a FIFA Player of the Years. But more than just awards, Messi has something so many major athletes seem to lack. As U.S. soccer star Mia Hamm put it, “Messi…is unbelievably talented and incredibly humble.” And if that is not enough to sway someone, Hamm adds, “He certainly has the potential to be remembered as the best player of all time.”

Joining C.K., Rubio, Matuz, and Messi on “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” list:

Jose Andres – (Spain) Activist, Harvard lecturer, and chef extraordinaire. Uses his skills and intelligence in the kitchen to literally change the world. Author, television personality, and former chef Anthony Bourdain writes, “He is advocate, promoter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, artist. Keep up with him at your peril.”

Dilma Rousseff – (Brazil) First female President of Brazil and prior to the presidency was the first woman to hold the office of Chief of Staff of Brazil. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner describes Rousseff as a woman who exudes confidence and has promoted Brazil a country whose “national interest is absolutely linked to the interests of its neighbors.”

Eike Batista – (Brazil) Tycoon and Brazil’s richest man. Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes credits Batista with bolstering a successful bid for the 2016 Olympics.

Juan Manuel Santos – (Colombia) President since 2010. The 60-year-old has won the praise of Colombian superstar Shakira who wrote, “A leader is someone who understands the people’s vision of a better tomorrow and is willing to guide them there. In Colombia, we dream of a future of progress, prosperity and peace. By focusing on education, I believe President Santos is on the right track to make that dream a reality.”

Maria das Graças Silva Foster – (Brazil) This oil executive recently showed, shall we say “cajones,” with her decision to drill through 10,000 feet of water and rock to get to the oil below. Even more impressive, however, was the 58-year-old’s life prior to the recent drilling. Having worked her way up from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Foster became Petrobras’ first female chief executive and the first woman to run a major oil company. As of February, Petrobras was ranked 34th on the Fortune 500 list of companies.