TIME Magazine Names Abramovich, Yushchenko Among World’s Most Influential People

NEW YORK, NY -- TIME Magazine has unveiled the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. This year the list includes the names of controversial Russian tycoon and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and the leader of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.

“The Time 100, our annual list of the world’s most influential people, is all about individuals like Yushchenko, whose courage inspires others to action,” wrote TIME Canada editor and TIME executive editor Adi Ignatius in the special issue of the magazine.

Roman Abramovich was named first on the list of “Builders and Titans”. One of Russia’s most powerful businessmen, the owner of Chelsea Football Club has amassed a huge fortune, mainly in the oil business. At only 36, he was listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 50 wealthiest people.

Viktor Yushchenko was included in the category “Heroes and Icons”. Together with his long-time ally Yulia Timoshenko he led the so-called Orange Revolution last December forcing Leonid Kuchma and his protege, Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich to give up their political ambitions.