Pete Davidson is one of the most influential people in the world – here’s why

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Pete Davidson.
Pete Davidson.
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It's that time of the year, again – when TIME releases a list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world for 2022.

The list is divided into six categories: Artists, Innovators, Titans, Leaders, Icons, and Pioneers.

Each of these categories features a group of multitalented, inspiring, and groundbreaking individuals changing the world.

One particular famous face named as one of the most influential artists is comedian Pete Davidson. 

While his latest claim to fame is dating Kim Kardashian, Davidson – who recently left his permanent spot on Saturday Night Live – has a lot more going for him than dating one of the most famous women in the world.

According to rapper Jack Harlow, "Pete's appeal to the world has everything to do with his authenticity. He doesn't try to hide the person that he is. It's a classic recipe for success and connection."

Included in the list of most influential innovators is Zendaya, who, according to Dune director Denis Villeneuve, "is timeless, and she can do it all."

In his open letter about the actor, Villeneuve writes, "Zendaya is an autonomous creative force herself. A cultural icon in the making. A person driven by pure inspiration, empathy, and respect for her craft, who uses authenticity as a new superpower."

Also included in this year's version of the annual list are Oprah, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Issa Rae, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Questlove, and many others.


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