Voting for the 2012 TIME 100 is underway – a list of the most influential people around world. But TIME once again seems to be having trouble including Latinos, even when it comes to consideration for inclusion in a final list. Previously, a top 140 Twitter feeds piece from them featured only two Latinos, and now out of 195 individuals up for the TIME 100, only nine are Hispanic.
Below are their selections — let us know who they missed in the comments or on Facebook.
Shakira: The beautiful Colombian singer is best known for her hip-shaking tunes but she has made a name for herself as Latin America’s Bono. Shakira focuses on “meaningful projects in areas like education and initiatives that promote early childhood development” in a region that desperately needs the support.
Jose Andres: This high profile chef has won nearly every major culinary award in the U.S. but it his giving back which is being noticed. The Spain native’s collaboration with DC Central Kitchen, which fights hunger and poverty by teaching culinary job skills, inspired him to establish World Central Kitchen — “an international think tank finding creative solutions for feeding the world’s hungry.”
Maria das Graças Silva Foster: The first female oil tycoon (CEO of Petrobras) hails from Brazil and has her hands full with 100 billion barrels of oil that can be tapped but which will be technically difficult.
Louis C.K.: One of the top comics in the U.S. is half-Mexican and his sitcom “Lucky Louie” is a hit. Louis C.K. has also started a trend which is picking up steam, bypassing entertainment companies to sell his new comedy special directly online for $5, “a move since followed by comics including Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan.”
Lionel Messi: He the top scorer in history for famed Spanish soccer club Barcelona – at the ripe old age of 24. He also became the first player in history to score five goals in a Champions League Match. Simply put, he may end up as the best player ever.
Marco Rubio: The Florida Senator is a rising star in the Republican Party and many in the GOP view him as a savior for them in the 2012 election. Rubio could very well help the party win Florida, but his sway among national Latino voters is yet to be tested. Regardless, Rubio could be very influential this year.
Juan Manuel Santos: The president of Colombia is trying to make headway concerning one of the most dangerous aspects of life in Latin America. He has come out for drug legalization as Colombia “is making a credible bid to be a more developed world player.”
Fred Armisen: The half-Venezuelan Armisen is a Saturday Night Live star with an off-beat sitcom in “Portlandia,” which seeks to capture the hipster chic sentiment sweeping parts of the country.
Eike Batista: Brazil’s economy is booming and self-made billionaire Batista gives back to his country, which is “rare among Latin America’s notoriously uncivic-minded superrich.” Batista was instrumental in helping Rio de Janeiro snag the 2016 Olympics.
While TIME was short on Latinos among the 195 people up for consideration for the TIME 100, they did manage to include Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, whose hawkish stance on immigration law in Arizona has made her a pariah among many Hispanics. If she makes it on to the list, maybe many Latinos will be happy they weren’t included in the first place.