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Who Should Be Among This Year’s Picks for the TIME 100?

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AISHWARYA RAI The ex–Miss World conquered Bollywood and became an international film star I would like to submit Oprah Winfrey as my nomination. There are those who are born to be leaders, and she is one of them. Oprah is a healer of lost souls. She continues to lead millions of people to their path of personal happiness. She has a powerful and generous spirit, with the heart of a goddess. She is both admired and loved.

ANDREW WEIL An expert in the art of integrating Western medicine with herbal healing Richard Davidson is a pioneer in exciting mind-body medicine frontiers. His best-known work focuses on a capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life. Using Tibetan monks as research subjects, he has shown how meditation can improve brain function. His studies may lead to therapeutic approaches for anxiety disorders and reveal ways to protect against memory loss and cognitive decline.

STEPHEN LEWIS The U.N.’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa is the author of Race Against Time I suggest Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female President. She has set an astonishing precedent by appointing a Cabinet of exact gender parity. Also Liberia’s new woman President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who broke the monolithic boys’ club of Africa. She will bring economic and social justice to her country. And Zackie Achmat, who leads the world’s most important AIDS activist organization. He has brought hope to millions living with AIDS in Africa.

SAMANTHA POWER A Harvard University professor, her book on genocide won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 I nominate Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. He has acknowledged his homeland’s genocide against the Armenians and nearly got himself arrested before the Turks decided their commitment to and pride in their greatest writer exceeded a commitment to killers who died almost a century ago. It could bring a cultural change. Also George Clooney, for the obvious reasons, and the students who led the divestment movement on campuses for Darfur.

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