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By Mae Slater on
 April 21, 2024

Biden, Trump Not Listed In Time's 2024 Influential 100

Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list for 2024 has omitted key political figures President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and Vice President Kamala Harris according to The New York Post.

Every year, Time Magazine compiles a list of the 100 most influential people, featuring a range of prominent figures from various sectors including politics, entertainment, and sports. This year, the publication's decision to leave out several high-profile politicians has sparked discussions across media outlets.

The exclusion of Biden, Trump, and Harris marks a significant shift, as all three have been recognized on the list in recent years. Their absence is particularly striking amidst the ongoing speculations about their political futures.

Presidential Figures and Political Landscape

President Biden, who had been a staple on the list for the last three years, was noted for his leadership during significant national and global challenges. His omission comes at a time when his administration faces scrutiny over various policy decisions and his potential candidacy for re-election.

Similarly, former President Trump, listed in 2020, remains a dominant figure in the Republican Party and continues to influence its direction and strategies. Trump's exclusion coincides with his active participation in political discourse, hinting at another possible presidential run.

Vice President Harris also did not find her name on the 2024 list. Previously lauded for her historic election as the first female vice president, her role in the current administration has kept her in the public eye.

Inclusion of Other Political Leaders

While some traditional political figures were left out, others like Texas Governor Greg Abbott and California Governor Gavin Newsom were included. Both governors have increasingly been in the national spotlight, potentially influencing their presence on the list.

Abbott has been recognized for his leadership within Texas and is seen as a significant figure within the Republican Party. Trump has expressed admiration for Abbott, even mentioning him as a potential vice presidential candidate in his future political endeavors.

On the Democratic side, Governor Newsom's inclusion in the list has fueled speculation about his political ambitions, including a potential bid for the presidency, despite his public denials of such intentions for 2024.

Speculations on Future Political Contests

Newsom's strategies have positioned him as a key defender of Biden against Republican criticisms. This role has not only solidified his standing within the Democratic Party but has also positioned him as a future presidential contender, potentially for 2028.

Time Magazine's correspondents have highlighted the roles of both Abbott and Newsom. Philip Elliott praised Abbott as a persuasive figure in the Republican Party, while Brian Bennett commented on Newsom's vigorous defense of President Biden.

The political dynamics and the choices for this year's "100 Most Influential People" list reflect deeper narratives about leadership, popularity, and potential future electoral battles.

Diverse Figures on the Influential List

The 2024 list was not limited to politicians alone but included leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and activists. These selections illustrate the wide array of sectors that influence contemporary society and culture.

Among others, the list included E. Jean Carroll and Special Counsel Jack Smith, highlighting the influence of individuals in legal and cultural arenas alongside political heavyweights.

The choices made by Time Magazine for this year's list suggest a broader perspective on influence, extending beyond conventional political figures to include those who shape public thought and policies through various other means.


Time Magazine's 2024 "100 Most Influential People" list has notably omitted President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and Vice President Kamala Harris, sparking discussions about the shifting influences in global leadership. The inclusion of figures like Governors Greg Abbott and Gavin Newsom points to their rising prominence and influence in the political landscape. Meanwhile, the presence of artists, entrepreneurs, and activists reflects a diverse understanding of influence in today's world, emphasizing the multifaceted nature of leadership and cultural impact.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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