Time Magazine has recently released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2023, and it’s exciting to see several Latin American figures on the list. This recognition underscores the contributions and impact of Latin America on a global scale, from politics to entertainment, and beyond.

In this article, we will highlight some of the Latin American individuals who made it to Time’s prestigious list and delve into their notable achievements.

Those elected of Latin American origin are the presidents Lula da Silva (Brazil), Gustavo Petro (Colombia), the Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, the Chilean actor Pedro Pascal, the Mexican actress Salma Hayek, the Dominican-American actress Zoe Saldaña and the Mexican activist Maria Herrera Magdaleno.

The seven chosen mark an increase compared to last year’s list, when there were five Latinos: Gabriel Boric (in Leaders), activists Sonia Guajajara, Cristina Villareal Velásquez and Ana Cristina González Vélez (in Pioneers) and businessman David Vélez (Entrepeneur).

Other latin american figures named in the list

President Alberto Fernández – Argentina

President Alberto Fernández has been a significant political figure in Argentina since his election in 2019. His administration has been focused on reviving the country’s economy and addressing social inequality. President Fernández has also been instrumental in implementing policies to combat COVID-19, including securing vaccine supplies and promoting social distancing measures.

Sofia Vergara – Colombia

Sofia Vergara, the Colombian-American actress, producer, and model, has been named as one of Time’s most influential people for her work as an advocate for women’s rights and Latin American representation in the entertainment industry. In addition to her successful acting career, Vergara has also co-founded a talent management and entertainment marketing company called LatinWE.

Katty Kay – United Kingdom

Katty Kay, a British journalist and author, is known for her coverage of American politics as a lead anchor for BBC World News America. She has been named one of Time’s most influential people for her work in providing insightful and objective news coverage during a time of heightened political polarization.

Marcia Castro – Brazil

Marcia Castro, a Brazilian demographer and public health expert, has been named one of Time’s most influential people for her work in addressing public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Castro is a professor of demography at Harvard University and has been instrumental in providing guidance on public health policies to Brazilian government officials.

The world’s most influential figures

Latin America has produced some of the world’s most influential figures, and it’s inspiring to see their achievements being recognized on a global stage. The individuals listed above are just a few examples of the exceptional talent and leadership that exists within the region.

As Latin America continues to make significant contributions in various fields, it’s crucial to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of its people. By doing so, we can inspire future generations and promote a more inclusive and diverse world.

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