April 21, 2017 6:00 pm JST

Duterte, Didi's Jean Liu make 'Time 100' list

Famous faces from politics to arts on annual list of world's most influential people

ALEXANDER MARTIN, Nikkei staff writer

TOKYO -- The head of a Chinese mobile transportation platform that clocks 20 million rides a day and the founder of a digital currency service used by 200 million Indians were among those from Asia who landed on Time Magazine's "Time 100" list of the world's most influential people.

The annual list, first published in 1999, includes political leaders, chief executives and pioneers in various fields as well as celebrities and artists from across the globe.

From China, Jean Liu, president of Didi Chuxing, the world's largest mobile transportation platform, made the list.

Liu joined Didi's management in 2014 and was promoted to president the next year. Under her leadership the company secured funding from tech giants like Apple and Alibaba, and last year announced it will buy Uber's China operations.

Indian entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of Paytm, a mobile payment and online shopping platform, also made the list. His business rapidly grew after he aggressively promoted the service following India's demonetization of high-value bank notes, giving citizens the means to shop for everyday goods and services.

This year's issue featured a colorful cast of leaders from Asia, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

President Duterte has established his own brand of diplomacy, showing defiance toward the U.S. while assuming a much friendlier stance toward China than his predecessor. The brash politician, known for his fiery rhetoric, won the Time 100 reader poll asking who should be on the list.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has perhaps been India's most engaged leader in years, making appearances across the globe and promoting economic reform.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun acceded to the throne last year following his father's death.

Others from Asia include North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, whose repeated missile tests have ramped up regional tensions, as well Chinese president Xi Jinping, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, and Yuriko Koike, a former defense minister who became Tokyo's first female governor last year.

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