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Hong Kong Media Tycoon Named to TIME 100

By Brian Adams 17 April 2015
Hong Kong's Occupy Movement has received another endorsement today via TIME's list of The 100 Most Influential People. This time they gave Joshua Wong a pass and focused their attention on local tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder and former chairman of Next Media. Lai, an extremely vocal member of the Occupy Movement, was also the victim of violence when video captured firebombs being hurled at his home and the Next Media headquarters earlier this year. The list, chosen by TIME's editors, include Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Icons starting with Kanye West and ending with Pope Francis. The list is rather unique, with each entry written by influential people as well including Elon Musk and Barack Obama. The brief on Jimmy Lai, titled A Hero in Hong Kong, was penned by Common, who famously mentioned Hong Kong's quest for democracy in his recent Oscar acceptance speech. Common writes of Lai, "There are those who, when given the keys to wealth and the perks of the Establishment, choose not to rock the boat because of the backlash they might face. Jimmy Lai is not such a person." You can read TIME's full list here.

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