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Leaders in the tech industry account for a sizable chunk of the names in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people list, which the publication released today.
Each year, the magazine sets up a readers’ poll on its website that contains an expansive list of nominees that consists of people from all walks of life — political, charitable, celebrated, etc. Readers are then asked to vote on the worthiness of as many nominees as they desire over a three-week period. While the winners of the poll are all taken into account, the final list of 100 is selected by a team of the magazine’s editors.
The final 2012 list includes several familiar tech names, including: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, researcher Donald Sadoway, statistician Hans Rosling, roboticist Henrik Scharfe, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Change.org founder Ben Rattray, Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty.
We also reported on two of the most popular tech nominees back in March. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin and the hacktivist group Anonymous initially gained huge leads in the reader poll, due in part to their affiliation with dedicated supporters from very large internet communities.
The full list is available on Time’s website. Let us know in the comments if you think someone in the tech industry got shafted by not appearing in it.