The Celebrity: Jay-Z
Why He Should Have Been Included: Hova isn't just rich for a rapper anymore. He's rich for anyone and can be mentioned amongst all of the elite people currently living in America. It's also been a surprisingly long time (he made the list in 2005) since he was honored by TIME. We think it's time for a repeat.
What He Can Do To Make Sure He Makes It Next Year: Move the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, make a couple more multimillion-dollar business deals, and stay in steady contact with Warren Buffet. Whatever Hov is doing seems to be working well for him and it's only a matter of time before his business acumen, not his rapping, gets him back into TIME's good graces.