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Musharraf among Times' most influential people

Ahmadinejad, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are among the 100 most influential people chosen by magazine as shapers of the world.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 10:12 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Iranian President Mohmoud Ahmadinejad, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are among the 100 most influential people chosen by Time magazine as shapers of the world.

The list includes 79 men and 25 women who hail from 29 different countries including Bhutan, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, Seoul, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Venezuela.

NRI Vikram Akula's name, founder of SKS Microfinance, who uses smart cards to make venture capital available to more than 800 million people living on less than two dollars in India, also figures in the list.

Musharraf, who stands between order and cataclysm in Pakistan, Ahmadinejad, who is challenging the most powerful nations on the nuclear issue and Microsoft Chairman Gates are there in the list.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian born surgeon said to guiding activities of Al-Qaeda in the Middle East especially in Iraq have also been named by the magazine.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuk of Bhutan, who gave up his absolute power on his own in 1998, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Pope Benedict XVI also find their names among leaders and revolutionaries.

Mukhtaran Mai, who was gang raped on the orders of a village council in Pakistan and fought for justice with a rare tenacity to become a symbol for women's rights, finds her name among "Heroes and Icons."