TIME's 100 Most Influential People: What 10 Public Figures Said About Their High-Profile Friends

Thursday saw the release of TIME's annual list of the most influential people in the world. While these lists are always interesting in their own right, much of the fun from reading them comes from the fact that each inductee's testimonial is written by another high-profile figure, some of whom even have their own spots on the same list. The result is a rare glimpse of the personal relationships and feelings between public figures, many of whom you probably had no idea even knew each other.

For example, who knew Chelsea Clinton and Jason Collins were buddies as freshmen at Stanford, or that Kirsten Gillibrand used to work for a Republican Senator? Likewise, the list contains some surprises, most notably Meghan McCain's ringing endorsement of the guy who legalized marijuana in Uruguay.

Not everyone's inclusion on the list was intended as a compliment: Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un certainly didn't receive any kind words from the writers of their mini-tributes (Madeline Albright and Adam Johnson, respectively). But by and large, the list is meant as an honor, not a condemnation. Let's take a look at some of the more illuminating tributes.

Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins

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Alfonse D’Amato on Kirsten Gillibrand

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Malala Yousafzai on Hillary Clinton

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Barack Obama on Pope Francis

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Gabrielle Giffords on Malala Yousafzai

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Hillary Clinton on John Kerry

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Meghan McCain on Uruguayan President Jose Mujica

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John Lewis on Eric Holder

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Gray Davis on California Governor Jerry Brown

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