Among those who made it to the list from India were Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not feature in the list of world leaders which included names like US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Bangladesh's premier Sheikh Hasina. Modi made it to the list in 2015.
Sachin Tendulkar wrote Virat Kohli’s TIME profile: "Every sportsman knows what it's like to have good spells and bad ones too. Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique but also his fitness level. He's never looked back."
Walter Isaacson, the former TIME managing editor wrote Satya Nadella's profile, and noted: "in the four years since he inherited a sticky wicket, Microsoft's market value has increased 130%."
Deepika Padukone’s co-star Vin Diesel in her first Hollywood film, 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', wrote: “she isn't just a star but an actor's actor, dedicated to the craft."
Flipkart's executive chairman Sachin Bansal mentioned of Bhavish Aggarwal's "vision, passion and determination to stand against all odds."
In what is seen as a major change from the previous years’ lists is lesser gender gap with more than 40 women featured. Also, a record 45 people on the list are under 40 -- including the youngest designer ever, the 14-year-old actor Millie Bobby Brown. The common theme in the tributes of the magazine focuses on how much people can learn from these achievers.
The magazine added that while "we remain much too far from gender parity in global leadership, there are more women than ever on this years TIME 100 - proof that there are ways of changing the world beyond traditional power structures."