Argentine President Milei makes TIME100 Most Influential People of 2024 list

The economist was included in the 'leaders' category as a 'global icon for the right'

Javier Milei in Congress. Credit: Mariano Fuchila

Argentine President Javier Milei was included in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2024, traditionally known as TIME100. The publication labeled the economist “a global icon of the right” and included him in the “leaders” category alongside 24 other political figures like California governor Gavin Newsom, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni and Brazilian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Marina Silva.

The magazine called  Milei an “anarcho-capitalist” who opposes Western “socialists.” In their description of his rise to prominence, they said that “with Milei in office, there will be no going back for Argentina.”

TIME highlighted his figure, stating that he won the elections in a landslide without government experience and radical libertarian economic ideas. “His win… exposed the desperation of 46 million Argentines crippled by triple-digit inflation and a 40% poverty rate,” the magazine argued. 

They also mentioned his austerity measures, calling them a “shock therapy campaign” that took tens of thousands of protesters to the streets. 

Also included in the category were political figures like Chinese premier Li Qiang, responsible for issuing national economic policies, and Ajay Banga, the World Bank president recognized for his efforts to end world poverty through financial tools.

The list featured influential women such as Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. She is described as the new face of the Russian opposition after her husband’s death. Feminist icon E. Jean Carroll was also named as one of the only members of the “silent generation” to speak out against sexual assault. She accused former U.S. President Donald Trump and exCBS CEO Leslie Moonves of assaulting her.


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