Every year, TIME magazine recruits 100 individuals at the top of their fields, from politics to film to sports, to write about of the world's 100 most influential people. This year, the authors of the mini-biographies are just as telling as the people TIME chose as the top influencers in the world.
Some of the pairings make sense. Of course Hillary Clinton would write up a profile on fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and who's better to cover the power of Pope Francis than Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu? Others took a little unraveling, but when you understand that Taylor Swift named her cat after the character Mariska Hargitay plays on Law & Order, the pairing of two powerful women in show business makes perfect sense.
Then, there were the true surprises. Here are the five pairings that surprised and thrilled us the most on this year's list of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.