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World's 100 most influential people

Spotify founder makes Time 100 list

Updated torsdag 19 april 2012 kl 07.56
Published onsdag 18 april 2012 kl 18.20
Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.

Two Swedes have made it onto this year's list of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World List.  Spotify's Daniel Ek, who has "democratized music" and doctor and statistician Hans Rosling from the Karolinska Institute, who is praised for his "stunning renderings of the numbers that characterize the human condition".

The list, which has been published since 1999 is said to include "the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world".

29-year-old Spotify founder Daniel Ek is praised for "doing what he loves, doing it well and giving away all the credit."

The citation says: "What Daniel recognized best is that if you make paying for songs easier than stealing them, people will pay. Spotify and Daniel Ek have made a business out of having simple faith in humanity. We could all benefit from allowing ourselves to be influenced by that ideal."

Spotify was first launched in Sweden in 2008 and has a library of 15 million tracks and is adding about 20,000 a day. It is currently available in thirteen countries.

63-year-old Hans Rosling has been on the list before. He is described as having "the quiet assurance of a sword swallower (which he is) but also of a man who is in the vanguard of a critically important activity: advancing the public understanding of science."

A third Swede,  Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge, had also been among the 200 candidates considered for the list. An online vote wanted to place him in 67th place, but in the end, he did not make the final list.

Other famous names on the list include pop star Rihanna, Apple CEO Tim Cook and US president Barack Obama.

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