About a month after his investiture with the Global and African Central Banker of 2011 awards by
The Banker Magazine, the influential Time Magazine yesterday followed suit, listing the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, among ‘The 2011 TIME 100.’ Time Magazine
said on its website yesterday that The Time 100 list, now in its eighth year, sets out to recognise the
innovation, activism and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. “The TIME 100 is
not a list of the most powerful people in the world; it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world,
it is a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, thinkers, philosophers,
leaders, icons, artists and visionaries; people who are using their ideas, their visions and their actions
to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people”, explained the TIME Managing
Editor, Richard Stengel.
The New York-based magazine, in the May 2 edition, published Mr Sanusi’s name in the 11th
position, along with great political leaders as the United States President, Barack Obama, and wife,
Michelle; United States Vice President, Joe Biden current first female Chancellor of Germany and
Christian Democratic Union leader, Angela Merkel; French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and British
Prime Minister, David Cameron as well as wife of the former U.S President and American secretary
of State, Hillary Clinton.
Others listed in by the publication include: Nobel laureate and professor of economics at the
Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz; WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and Wael Ghonim, the
young Google marketing executive who became one of the heroes of recent anti-Mubarak street
movement that led to the ouster of the Egyptian leader as well as one of the world’s richest Internet
entrepreneurs, Reed Hastings.