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In an instant-message chat with then-lover Rachel Marsden, Jimmy Wales dreamed about taking her to a public event — "like the Time 100 party or something" — just to stir up talk. The Wikipedia founder clearly assumed he was a shoe-in to make the list again. Perhaps not, if Time's editors have anything to say about it.

In a reader poll, they dwell on his messy breakup with Marsden and accusations of favor-trading and exploiting Wikipedia for personal gain. Wales remains popular with online voters, however. He's currently No. 20 in the user-chosen ranking, three places behind good friend Bono, the musician turned venture capitalist who tried to persuade Wales to commercialize Wikipedia. (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty)