Wednesday 17 July 2019 10:06 am

Revealed: The 25 most influential people on the internet

US President Donald Trump, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and an egg have been named among the most influential people on the internet.

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The eagerly-anticipated list, compiled by Time Magazine, revealed an eclectic mix of celebrities, royals, politicians and foodstuffs that have dominated the web over the last 12 months.

Time said it chose the victors based on their “global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news”.


US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it onto the unranked list, with the magazine hailing her “virtually unparalleled” social media prowess among politicians.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pauses while speaking during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Musicians Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and Cardi B led the celebrity names on the list thanks to their prestige on Twitter and Instagram.

Perhaps the most unusual figure to be celebrated is Chris Godfrey, the man behind the World Record Egg. The social media wizard managed to create the most-liked image on Instagram earlier this year when he posted a picture of an egg. It now has more than 53m likes.

Campaigners were also recognised on the list for their ability to influence the news agenda. Time gave a shout out to the thousands of students worldwide who – inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg – took to the streets to draw attention to climate change.

Protesters in Hong Kong, who have pushed back against a controversial extradition bill in the region, were also credited by the magazine.

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Journalist Yashar Ali, comedian Jada Pinkett Smith and conservative champion Ben Shapiro were also among the winners. 

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