Rosie O’Donnell makes Time 100 list

A list of the most influential people in the world today includes performer Rosie O’Donnell, an African Archbishop who opposes gay rights and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

The Time magazine list of 100 people who shape the world also includes Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Benedict XVI, Kate Moss and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

President Bush did not make the list.

It is split into five sections: artists and entertainers; leaders and revolutionaries; heroes and pioneers; scientists and thinkers; builders and titans.

Ms O’Donnell has made a major impact in the US on network talk show The View.

It was announced last week she would be leaving the programme after failing to come to an agreement with ABC television about a new contract.

She has been arranging cruises for gay and lesbian families since 2004.

Host Barbara Walters, writing in Time, said:

“A year ago, I went to a screening of the HBO documentary All Aboard!: Rosie’s Family Cruise.

“It followed a cruise that Rosie and (partner) Kelli had inaugurated. It was funny, touching and, I guess to some, unsettling.

“That night, inspired by her documentary, I asked Rosie if she would consider joining us on The View.

“And so, last September, we began a thrilling roller-coaster ride. We followed Rosie’s passion and compassion, her feuds and fearlessness, her humanity and humour.”

David Beckham wrote a piece in praise of pop guru Simon Fuller, thanking him for introducing him to his wife Victoria.

Peter Akinola, the Archbishop of Nigeria, who has been a vocal opponent of gay rights and the position of gay people in the Anglican church, is listed.

Gay blogger Perez Hilton came 16th in a list voted for by Time readers.

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