When it comes to being a major influence on the majority of status quo population in the United States today, it involves much more than making an impact. Being influential is about being universal, while knowing your place in this world. It's about being independent and not fearing or regretting what you say nor what you do.
I find individuals influential who make themselves better citizens, despite what is being said about them or the criticism they endure. Individuals who are compassionate, yet true to themselves and continue on with their lives, despite the adversity they face. Individuals who know their purpose on this planet. Being influential is nothing more than an individual being human.
Although, I believe the most individual influential people in America are deceased and believe that I could categorize all American individuals as heroes who benefit from what I defined as "influential" (see above), I believe the top 5 most living influential people in America are:
1) Bill Gates (computer software developer, innovator, marketer, and icon)
2) Oprah Winfrey (talk show host, humanitarian, and icon)
3) Steven Spielberg (film director, writer, and icon)
4) Donald Trump (businessman)
5) Michael Jackson (singer, songwriter, entertainer, and icon)
Bill Gates has done a lot for technology. He is moving upward and forward which makes me not only believe, but rightfully know he is the most influential person on the planet. And without him, we wouldn't have internet access.
Oprah Winfrey is a journalist turned talk show host who worked hard to get where she is. Although I don't always agree with her, I respect her for using her voice to and for a higher purpose.
Steve Spielberg has brought so much to the world of entertainment and continues to do great things, which have a major influence on many. Especially those who enjoy his movies and work.
Donald Trump is a very strong, witty business man with a lot of influence. As he continues to build more to add to his empire, he proves that he is a very important citizen of the United States.
Michael Jackson is the king of pop and has such a strong influence on so many people, especially those who love and enjoy his music. He is the most popular pop star on the planet.