The pop queen beat other names on the list – from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus – to feature on the coveted cover.
Further covers placed inside the magazine feature actor Robert Redford, the NBA’s first openly gay athlete Jason Collins, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
Time says that the list is a roundup of people who have inspired others, regardless of their moral standing, and each name on the list is accompanied with reasons why they deserve a spot.
“She’s the boss,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained in her profile of the cover star.
“Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.”
She goes on: “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.’ ”
Sandberg and Beyoncé previously collaborated on a campaign in which they called for a ban on the word “Bossy” to describe women…
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You’ve got questionable taste, Sheryl Sandberg. Beyoncé is married to a kooky rapper, Jay-Z, who belongs to the crazy “Five Percent Nation” group — an offshoot of Nation of Islam — who believe whites are “wicked and weak.”