Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, pop stars Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé were among the 41 women in the Time 100 released on Thursday, the most women ever included in the magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people.
Beyoncé, who appears on the list for the second time, is featured on the magazine’s cover.
“Well Beyonce is having an amazing year,” explained the magazine’s international editor Bobby Ghosh.
“Sheryl Sandberg wrote the piece about her. She’s been growing in influence for the past five or six years but this year more than anything else she has sort of pretty much exploded on the world stage. She is probably the most recognizable iconic face and voice in popular English language music anywhere in the world. I think not since Michael Jackson have we seen a single individual have that kind of influence around the world.”
Other well known women on the list include GM CEO Mary Barra, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the seventh former U.S. Secretary of State and possible 2016 White House contender Hillary Clinton.
“There are 41 women on the list this year, that’s the highest number that’s ever been. And that speaks to a sort of growing reality in the world. There are more and more powerful women. One of the most powerful women in the world is Janet Yellen, the Chairman of the Fed. Some people have argued she is the most powerful woman since Catherine the Great, or one of history’s great figures. And you can make that argument. That is quite remarkable and I would say and most people would agree – about time,” Ghosh said.
Lesser-known names including Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Kathryn Sullivan, a former NASA astronaut and current administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were both featured in the list.
The number of women listed topped the previous record of 38 set in 2012.
Notable men included Russian President, Vladimir Putin and US President, Barack Obama, brothers and influential conservative donors, Charles and David Koch, and former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden.
Ghosh said it’s important to keep in mind that the list highlights people who have positive as well as negative influence globally.
“Abu Du’a, one of the worst terrorists in the world, the leader of ISIS, the al Qaeda franchise in Syria and Iraq is on the list and it’s a reminder that our list is not only about good people and people’s whose influence falls to good, it is also about people whose influence is very negative,” he said.
Other names on the list include the NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins, 17-year-old professional golfer Lydia Ko and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Indian politician Arvind Kejriwal won the Time 100 reader’s poll with over 260,000 votes.