TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” is meant to highlight “the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.”

The list consists of “breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons.”

Included among The TIME 100, is Apple CEO Tim Cook whose accompanying article was written by Apple Board of Directors member, Al Gore.

“It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn’t missed a single beat,” Gore writes. “Fiercely protective of Jobs’ legacy and deeply immersed in Apple’s culture, Cook, 51, has already led the world’s most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.”

“He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple — from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new ‘insanely great’ technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline,” Gore writes. “Cook’s personal discipline, physical regimen and work hours reflect a philosophy summarized in his 2010 Auburn University commencement speech, in which he quoted President Lincoln: ‘I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.'”

Gore writes, “Highly ethical and always thoughtful, he projects calmness but can be tough as nails when necessary. Like the great conductor George Szell, Cook knows that his commitment to excellence is inseparable from the incredible ensemble he leads at Apple. Szell was noted for saying, ‘We begin where others leave off.’ Cook’s chance has come. What a beginning!”

The eclectic list includes the likes of Tim Tebow, Marco Rubio, Anonymous, Marc Andreessen, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton, among many others.

The full list is here.