Chief Executive Apple Inc Steve Jobs made a long-awaited public appearance after undergoing a liver transplant. Apple stocks doubled this year despite his absence. Steve Jobs waves at the end of a special event in San Francisco on September 9, 2009.
Singer Britney Spears overcame a personal and career meltdown in the past two years with a successful run of her tour and a new single rocketing to No. 1 in its debut week. Britney arrives at the Teen Choice 2009 Awards taping in Los Angeles, California on August 9, 2009.
Tennis player Kim Clijsters provided a huge lift for working mothers around the world as she was crowned US Open champion. Kim of Belgium and her daughter Jada pose with the trophy after she defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's singles final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, on September 13, 2009.
Golfer Yang Yong-eun became the first Asian male to win the PGA Championship after upstaging Tiger Woods. Yong-eun of South Korea kisses the Wanamaker trophy after winning the 2009 PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on August 16, 2009.
Formula One Driver Jenson Button, 29, became Britain's 10th world champion with a race to spare. Brawn GP Formula One driver Button of Britain celebrates becoming the 2009 Formula One World Champion after finishing fifth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo on October 18, 2009.
Actress Joanna Lumley succeeded in her campaign to fight for Nepalese Gurkha veteran soldiers' right to settle in the UK. British actress and Gurkha activist Joanna celebrates with Gurkhas outside the Houses of Parliament in London on May 21, 2009.
US President Barack Obama made history earlier this year when he became the first African-American to hold his country's highest office. Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Home States Ball in Washington on January 20, 2009." /> In this pic: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
US President Barack Obama made history earlier this year when he became the first African-American to hold his country's highest office. Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Home States Ball in Washington on January 20, 2009.
The rags-to-riches romance Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars, winning eight awards, including the prize for best picture in a Hollywood triumph for a movie that almost failed to get released. Cast member Rubina Ali from the movie Slumdog Millionaire holds the Oscar belonging to director Danny Boyle at the official Oscar after party for Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler in Los Angeles on February 22, 2009.
Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after the Brazilian city won a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting. Residents celebrate after Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on October 2, 2009.
Actress Kate Winslet won her first Oscar for her role in the film The Reader after being nominated five times in the past 13 years. Kate holds her Oscar for best actress for her role in The Reader during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009.