Posts Tagged ‘Newsweek’

Each year Newsweek publishes a special end-of-the-year issue.  Usually it gives a list of memorable events, people, etc.  This year with the world just a bit of a mess they published a list of the person’s who are  the most influential globally.  I’m posting the list and please keep in mind that not everyone on this list is a person we actually want to  have such world wide influence but they do…hence them being on the list. 

  1.  President Elect Barack Obama – United States of America
  2. Hu Jintao – President, China
  3. Nicolas Sarkozy – President, France
  4. Ben Bernanke – U.S Federal Reserve Banker
  5. Jean – Claude Trichet – European Central Bank (ECB)
  6. Masaaki Shirakawa – Bank of Japan
  7. Gordon Brown – Prime Minister, United Kingdom
  8. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
  9. Vladimir Putin – Former President of Russia – soon to be again…
  10. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud – King, Saudia Arabia
  11. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Supreme Leader, Iran
  12. Kim Jong II – Dictator/Leader, North Korea
  13. Hillary Clinton – Former NY Senator, Secretary of State
  14. Bill Clinton – Former United State President – Future to be seen…
  15. Timothy Geithner – President Elect Obama’s Treasury Secretary – Savior of the Ecnomony ????
  16. General David Petraeus – United States Military
  17. Sonia Gandhi – President, Congress Party, India
  18. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – President, Brazil
  19. Warren Buffett – Titan of American Finance
  20. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani – Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan
  21. Nuri al – Maliki – Prime Minister, Iraq
  22. Bill Gates – Philanthropist
  23. Melinda Gates- Philanthropist
  24. Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House,
  25. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – President, United Arab Emirates
  26. Mike Duke – CEO-Designate, Wal-Mart Stores
  27. Rahm Emanuel – President Elect Obama’s Chief of Staff
  28. Eric Schmidt – Owner, Google
  29. Jamie Dimon – CEO, JPMorgan Chase
  30. David Axelrod – Communications Director, President Elect Obama
  31. Valerie Jarrett – Public Liason, President Elect Obama
  32. Dominique Strauss-Kahn – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  33. Rex Tillerson – CEO, Exxonmobile
  34. Steve Jobs – Apple Founder and CEO
  35. John Lasseter – CEO, Pixar Animation
  36. Michael Bloomberg – Mayor, New York City
  37. Pope Benedict XVI – Head of the Roman Catholic Church
  38. Katuaki Wantanabe – CEO, Toyota
  39. Rupert Murdoch – Chairman and CEO, News Corp.
  40. Jeff Bezos – CEO, Amazon.com
  41. Shahrukh Khan – King of Bollywood
  42. Osama bin Laden – Global Terrorist
  43. Hassan Nasrallah – Most Influential radical Shiite Leader in the Arab World
  44. Dr. Margaret Chan – Director-General, World Health Organization
  45. Carlos Slim Helu – Mexican Tycoon
  46. The Dalai Lama – Tiebetan Leader
  47. Oprah Winfrey – Media Mogul
  48. Amr Khaled – Egyptian Televangelist
  49. E.A. Adeboye – Pastor, The Redeemed Christian Church of God
  50.  Jim Roger – CEO, Duke Energy


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A few weeks ago I came across a brief interview, in Newsweek, with author Anne Roiphe who wrote the memoir, Epilogue.  The novels chronicles 72 yr. old Riophe’s sudden widowhood and attempts at dating again.  Besides wanting to immediately run out and buy her book, I found Riophe’s frankness and complete honesty toward the topic refreshing and proof taht as one ages, you can remain open to new ideas and adapt to the times.  Did I mention she was using the Internet to date?

I’m not a 24-year old girl.  I’m a 72-year-old woman.  And I accept that.  But I don’t accept that means I can’t have all kinds of  girlish, womanish feelings.  Why not?  I am a grandmother and I lvoe being a grandmother.  But if I believed that because I’m a grandmother, I should stay home and knit socks for my grandchildren….I’d last another six mots in this world.


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