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OOOM 100: The World’s Most Inspiring People 2020

For the fifth time, OOOM presents its annual ranking: “OOOM 100: The World’s Most Inspiring People”. Who were the people to inspire and motivate us in this crisis-driven year 2020? Who has shown true leadership on a path towards a better future?

GEORG KINDEL29. Dezember 2020 No Comments

41 Kimberly Drew, Art curator
(NEW) Important author/influencer, wrote the bestseller “This Is What I Know About Art”.

42 Lee Bul, Artist
(NEW) The most important Korean artist alive today. Exhibition in St. Petersburg.

43 Ed Sheeran, Singer
(NEW) The most successful British pop artist. Embarked on the tour with the largest global audience.

44 Miuccia Prada, Entrepreneur
(79) Led the fashion brand back to stellar peaks. Important art collector.


45 Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times
(24) Brought the newspaper on track towards the future with “Digital First.” The most important journalist in the world.

46 Bruno Latour, Curator
(NEW) Curated the 12th Taipeh Biennial 2020. Has written more than 20 books. An icon.

47 Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Artist
(NEW) Stunned audiences at London’s Tate. Darling of the art world. Inspiring creator.

48 Ellen DeGeneres, Entertainer
(48) Most important talk show host in the U.S., a source of hope and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community.

49 David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk
(50) Inspires millions as a spiritual leader; founded

50 Zhong Nanshan, Scientist
(NEW) China’s most important player in the battle against the coronavirus; first to recognize the potency of the outbreak.

51 Ray Kurzweil, Pioneer and futurist
(59) One of the world’s leading inventors. Google’s Director of Engineering, co-founder of Singularity University. Pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition. Changes the world with his visionary thinking. Genius.

52 Roger Nelson, Scientist
(33) Princeton professor. Explains global consciousness in his new book “The World’s Power in You” (German: “Die Welt-Kraft in dir”).

53 Arthur Jafa, Artist
(71) Black American art star. Produced the video for Kanye West’s “Wash Us In The Blood”.

54 Precious Okoyomon, Poet & artist
(62) Caused a stir on the art scene with her exhibition “A Drop of Sun Under the Earth”. Important show 2020 at the MMK Frankfurt and the year before at Luma Westbau Zurich.

55 Robert Wilson, Theater and visual artist
(NEW) Produced the “Messiah” for the House for Mozart in Salzburg. Rave reviews.

56 Ai Weiwei, Artist
(25) China’s most important artist. Human rights activist, dissident, icon.

57 Raoni Metuktire, Cultural symbol
(NEW) Chief of the Kayapo tribe. Fights to protect the rainforest. A hero.

58 Jane Goodall, Behavioral scientist 
(64) Conducts research into primates to help understand humans better. A titan.

59 Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic designer
(69) Changed our understanding of design. Redefines an age-old property with his show “Beauty.”

60 Carrie Mae Weems, Media artist
(NEW) Designed the iron curtain at the Vienna State Opera with “Queen B.,” influencing younger generations.

61 Asmik Grigorian, Opera singer
(53) Took audiences by storm in “Salome” at the Salzburg Festival. Instant stardom.

62 Dominic Thiem, Tennis player
(65) Won the US Open. Introduced a new quality of fairness to tennis.

63 Eckhart Tolle, Bestselling author
(52) A spiritual teacher, inspiring Jim Carrey and millions around the world.

64 Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind
(NEW) British AI researcher and neuroscientist. Pioneer of DeepMind.

65 Sam Harris, Neuroscientist
(NEW) New York Times bestselling author and podcast pop star. Created the show “Making Sense.”

66 Bjarke Ingels, Architect
(Re-Entry) Architecture’s lateral thinker. Creates clear forms and visual experience worlds.

67 Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize laureate
(58) Founded the Malala Fund. Fights for children’s right to education.

68 Oprah Winfrey, The Voice of America
(29) TV host and entrepreneur. Donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable causes.

69 Lorraine O’Grady, Conceptual artist
(NEW) Inspired Biden’s campaign team to create a Christmas spot in the vein of her 1983 piece “Art Is…”

70 Es Devlin, Designer
(Re-Entry) Stage designer for U2, Lady Gaga, Louis Vuitton. Builds AI-controlled sculptures.

29. Dezember 2020