Every year Forbes releases a ranking of the most powerful peoples on earth. The list has many types of characters such as people who have created massive business empires, politicians who have a significant amount of influence over his people and the world. These personals not only influence the people but also subjects like the global economy, world politics. Their appearances constantly make headlines.
- XI JINPING
Xi Jinping is currently serving as the president of the People’s Republic of China. Jinping took a big jump forward on the Forbes list. He was ranked 4rth last year and this year he is ranked as the most powerful person on earth dethroning Russian president Putin. Jinping leads the country with the largest population and second largest economy. Jinping has been leading China from the year 2012 and after he became president, Chinas parliament has broadened Xi’s power and scrapped term limits. Jinping has a surprisingly assertive profile among the people of China. He is known for making strong decisions on corruption in China and stepping up censorships on social media. His outlook on privatization-friendly reform has influenced Chinas economy. With Chinas growing GDP, Xi Jinping has been influencing the world economy. And also the Chinese president constantly makes headlines on international news.
2. VLADIMIR PUTIN
Vladimir Putin has been making headlines since he became the president of Russia. Putin was ranked four times as the most powerful person in the world from 2013 to 2016 constantly. He was dethroned this year by China’s president Xi Jinping. He is one of the most influential and powerful people in the world. One of the reasons for Russia’s influence on Europe and the world is their natural resources such as oil and gas and state-owned Gazprom which is one of EU’s largest suppliers. At the time of Yeltsin’s presidency, Putin served as the P.M. of the country for a year. Later in 2000, he was ascended to the highest office. Putin has been in many controversies during his time as the president. He has been accused of abusing human rights, persecuting political critics and activists, and also ordering them tortured or assassinated. He has also been accused of leading an interference program during the American Presidential Election against Hillary Clinton. Although Putin has denied all the allegations against him.
3. DONALD TRUMP
The president of the United States also dropped down a from the previous year. In 2017, Donald Trump became the first billionaire president of the US with a net worth of $3.1billion. Being the president of the most powerful country, Donald Trump has become one of the most influential and powerful people in the world. The 45th president of the United States has been in many controversies throughout his career. He was accused of having links with the Russian government during the presidential elections. He also faced a lot of backlash after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump almost regularly features in the news mostly because of his statements.
4. ANGELA MARKEL
Angela Markel has been serving Germany since 2005 as the Chancellor. This is her fourth term and Markel has announced that she wouldn’t be seeking another term as chancellor in 2021. Markel is known as the de facto leader of Europe. She has successfully pulled through Germany from its financial crises and now Germany stands as the largest economy in Europe. She is known for her strong personality and she has been influencing the world’s politics with her decisions in matters like Brexit. She let more than a few million refugees in Germany during the refugee crisis. She was ranked as the 3rd most powerful person in the world on the previous ranking. Forbes also ranked her as the most powerful women in the world. Markel was the President of the European Council in 2007. She is also the leader of senior G7.
5. JEFF BEZOS
After dethroning Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos has become the 5th most powerful person in the world. Born in New Mexico, and raised in Texas, Bezos got his graduate degree from Princeton University. In 1994 Bezos founded Amazon, the e-commerce giant. Currently, he has a net worth of $151 billion and is named as the richest man in modern history by Forbes. He also founded the aerospace company Blue Origin in 2000. He manages his other investments through Bezos Expeditions. In 2013, he purchased the American newspaper company The Washington Post for $250 million.
6. POPE FRANCIS
The head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State Pope Francis is the sixth most powerful person in the world. The spiritual leader of more than one-sixth of the population of earth, Pope Francis has been changing the conservative image of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is the first Pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit Pope. Pope Francis is known for his humility, kindness towards people. In 2016, he decided to give power to the priests to forgive women who undergo abortions. He also took positive stands in global matters such as climate change reform, and better treatment of refugees during the refugee crisis and he also pushed for greater attention to the persecution of religious minorities.
7. BILL GATES
Bill Gates is known for being the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation and as one of the richest person in the world. From 2001 to 2017 Gates was the richest person in the world. His current net worth is $99.7 billion. Apart from being a billionaire Gates is also known for being one of the most humble philanthropists, businessman and humanitarian. Gates has sold most of his stocks at Microsoft. He is a board member at the multinational technology company and owns a little over than 1% of share. In 2000, Bill Gates launched his private foundation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife Melinda. It is said to be the largest charitable foundation in the world.
In 2009, Gates found another foundation called The Giving Pledge with Warren Buffett. His foundations largely focus on working to save lives and improve global health and is working with Rotary International to eliminate polio. He also launched an Energy investment fund with about 20 other people in 2016. Gates has donated more than $35 billion of stock to his foundations. Bill Gates has been influencing generations with his brilliance and humility.
8. MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD
Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is the Crown Prince and the deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia. Since Salman became the Crown Prince, he has been in the news and this year he became the 8th most powerful person on earth. The Crown Prince has taken control of the country, though his father still remains the king. The Prince has been praised for many of his decisions such as the ‘anti-corruption campaign’ that he led in 2017. Many Saudi billionaires were arrested because of this campaign and the Forbes magazine dropped more than 10 ten Saudi billionaires from their list of billionaires. He also earned a lot of compliments from worldwide for his decision of removing the ban on female drivers and other cultural developments. The Crown Prince of Saudi also faced a lot of criticism for the bombing of Yemen. He was also accused of abusing and torturing human rights activists.
Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India and 9th most powerful individual on earth. He is the 14th P.M. of the 2nd largest populous country in the world, India. Modi has become one of the most influential people in the world. He is the 2nd most followed world leader after the US president Donald Trump on social media. Since Modi became the Prime Minister of the country he has earned both praises and criticism. He has become one of the important personalities raising concerns on global matters like climate change. Modi is often credited for improving India’s economy and its foreign relations with other countries. Modi earned a lot of attention after his decision of demonetization in India. He also made a sanitation campaign. He also launched the movement Make in India which helped him establish his profile as a global leader.
10. LARRY PAGE
Larry Page is one of the richest peoples in the world with a net worth of $55.3 billion. He is the co-founder of Google and the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc which is Google’s parent company. Page invented the search ranking algorithm PageRank for Google. Page and Sergey Brin, whom he co-founded Google with, in the year of 1998, was honoured with the Marconi Prize in 2004. Page also leads the healthcare division Calico, smart home appliance division Nest and more. Page is also a clean energy advocate.