Barbadian superstar and Jamaica prime minister share the spotlight

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday April 25, 2012 – When Bajan superstar Rihanna strutted her stuff at this year’s eighth annual Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Centre last night (April 24), she had every reason to celebrate.

The five-time Grammy Award winner had not only secured her own place on Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list, but had done so in style by bagging the number eight spot.

The 24-year-old megastar was in very good company, sharing the Caribbean spotlight on the American news magazine’s coveted list with Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Rihanna and Simpson Miller were among 38 women honoured – the highest number in any year since the list’s inception.

 According to Time, the annual list recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals and includes people who inspire, entertain, challenge and change the world.

It is divided into five categories — moguls, breakouts, icons, pioneers and leaders.

This year’s list features international figures from 37 countries and also includes several controversial figures, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Other high-profile names on the list include United States President Barack Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States Congressman Ron Paul, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde, the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton.

A full list and related tributes will appear in the April 30 issue of Time magazine. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)