Beyonce Time’s most influential person

Music superstar Beyonce has landed the coveted cover of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue.

Pop star Miley Cyrus, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and super producer Pharrell Williams have also been named among the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Beyonce graces the main cover of the publication’s annual Time 100 edition, while other portraits feature Robert Redford and Brooklyn Nets star Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly-gay professional basketball player.

‘‘She’s the boss. Beyonce doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,’’ Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote of the Drunk in Love hitmaker, whose past 12 months included a surprise album and a sold-out Mrs. Carter World Tour.

Praising Beyonce for juggling her hugely successful career with motherhood and her other business ventures, Sandberg writes, ‘‘Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ’What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ’Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ’You can, too.’’’

The singer is one of a record 41 women featured on the 2014 list, which also includes 21-year-old Cyrus, actresses Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Robin Wright and country star Carrie Underwood.Australian scientist David Sinclair is on the list.

A professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, he identified genes that allow yeast to get by on fewer calories and extend their life span by about 30 per cent.

Last year, Sinclair pinned down a chemical known as NAD that actually reverses the aging process in cells, according to Time Magazine.

Others to make the cut include Benedict Cumberbatch, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, while Pope Francis, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have also been listed.

WENN

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