July 5, 2024 | Eul Basa

The Most Powerful People In The World

What makes a person powerful?

Power can manifest through political, financial, or societal influence. Leaders make decisions impacting countries. Business owners manage assets, shaping sectors. Influential figures impact millions with ideas, trends, and movements. Here are some of the most powerful people in the world today.

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, as President of China and leader of the Communist Party, runs the world's most populated country and its second-largest economy. He removed term limits to stay in power longer and has set his focus on growing the economy and increasing China's influence globally.

President of China, Xi Jinping arrives in London, 19 October 2015.Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Flickr

Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the 46th leader of the United States, commands the biggest economy and military in the world. His government's main priorities are addressing significant challenges such as job growth, climate change, and strengthening international relationships.

President of the United States Joe Biden - 2020Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin is the leader of Russia. He wields power over a strong military and frequently uses it to pursue initiatives that boost Russia's global influence, particularly in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin - MOSCOW 2016ID1974, Shutterstock

Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a forward-thinking entrepreneur who has founded companies like SpaceX and Tesla, revolutionizing industries like space travel and electric vehicles. He is also involved in projects tackling global issues and pushing boundaries in technology.

Elon Musk - 2014 Edison Achievement AwardSourdough.Startup, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft has had a lasting impact on tech. Now he sets his sights on philanthropy with his foundation that tackles global health, education, and poverty. He is also engaged in disease prevention, climate change, and sustainable energy projects.

Portrait of Bill Gates in black suit and bow tie smiling.lev radin, Shutterstock

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos transformed retail through Amazon. With his immense wealth, he has also ventured into space with Blue Origin, bought out The Washington Post, and revolutionized cloud computing with Amazon Web Services.

Jeff Bezos (Amazon) talking on stage.Dan Farber, Flickr

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook (now called Meta), leads a huge social media company that includes Instagram and WhatsApp. He shapes how people communicate worldwide. Nowadays, he is working on creating a virtual reality world called the Metaverse.

Mark Zuckerberg in Mexico 2014Presidencia de la República Mexicana, Flickr

Narendra Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi implements significant economic and social reforms in India to boost international standing. His efforts are concentrated on economic growth, promoting manufacturing and technology sectors to strengthen strategic alliances for global leadership.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi - 2023MEAphotogallery, Flickr

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is the former German Chancellor who led Europe's largest economy for over a decade. She navigated the Eurozone crisis and other global challenges with stable guidance. She was particularly known for her immigration stance and EU support.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany - 2017EU2017EE Estonian Presidency , Flickr

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, influences Catholics worldwide. He is considered one of the more progressive popes in history, advocating for social justice, and interfaith dialogue, and  marginalized communities.

Pope Francis with people - 2013Catholic Church England and Wales, Flickr

Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to diversify the economy through Vision 2030, attracting foreign investment and bringing social and cultural changes. However, his governance is criticized for human rights violations and crackdowns on dissent.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - 2019UN Tourism, Flickr

Christine Lagarde

As head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde plays a crucial role in overseeing Eurozone monetary policy, which impacts the global financial system. Her emphasis on sustainable finance and gender equality reflects her goal of inclusive growth.

Official portrait photo of ECB president Christine Lagarde - 2019European Central Bank, Flickr

Larry Page

Co-founder of Google Larry Page revolutionized global information access. His work on search algorithms, AI, and autonomous vehicles through Waymo under Alphabet drives future technology advancements.

Larry Page at TED2014 - The Next ChapterTED Conference, Flickr

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is a renowned global investment company whose tactics shape the economy. His shareholder letters offer invaluable insights, and his commitment to philanthropy sets a powerful example.

Warren Buffett looking at side.Mark Mathosian, Flickr

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron is a key figure in European politics as the President of France. He focuses on economic reform, climate change, and EU unity. He provided aid during COVID-19 and promotes a united Europe.

President Emmanuel Macron of France - 2021Paul Kagame, Flickr

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris is the first female and African and South Asian in her position. She influences U.S. policies with her background as senator and attorney general. Her work centers on justice reform, civil rights, immigration, healthcare, and climate change.

Kamala Harris speaking with attendees at the 2019 National ForumGage Skidmore, Flickr

Jerome Powell

As head of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell shapes US monetary policy with global implications. His choices on interest rates and economic stability are closely watched worldwide. He supported economy during COVID-19 crisis.

Official portrait of Jerome H. Powell - 2022Federalreserve, Flickr

Tim Cook

Tim Cook leads Apple, one of the most valuable companies in the world. He prioritizing privacy, sustainability, and social responsibility. His strategic choices also maintain leadership and trust in market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook  - 2017ACC District, Flickr

Mackenzie Scott

Philanthropist and writer Mackenzie Scott donates billions to charitable causes, advocating for fairness and supporting marginalized communities.

Mackenzie Scott looking at side and smiling.photosince, Shutterstock

Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's former Prime Minister Ardern led with empathy through challenges like COVID-19 and Christchurch attacks. Her policies prioritized social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic resilience. Her kind and inclusive leadership is globally acclaimed.

Prime Minister of New Zeland, Jacinda Ardern - 2019OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Flickr

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, leads the country and aims to elevate Canada's global presence. He continues to promote initiatives for indigenous communities and gender equality.

Justin Trudeau wearing blue suit with red tie ,looking at side - 2018MSC / MCI, CC BY 3.0 DE, Wikimedia Commons

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Erdoğan has consolidated power in Turkey's politics and military, leading to regional stability and international relations. However, his strategies have been considered controversial by some critics.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009World Economic Forum, Flickr

Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former leadership impacted the UK's future globally. His focus on economy, infrastructure, sovereignty.as well as his post-Brexit plans redefined UK's global stance. 

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the Nation - 2020Number 10, Flickr

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu is the powerful Prime Minister of Israel who plays a significant role in shaping Middle Eastern politics and security. Though his rule has helped Israel move forward, some decisions he has made, especially with regard to the war in Gaza, has caused much tensions with other nations.

Prime minister of Israel meeting with journalists from the Israeli media - 2019Roman Yanushevsky, Shutterstock

Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi is the former European Central Bank President and former Italian Prime Minister. His economic expertise and leadership have had a significant impact on Italy and the Eurozone, making him an important figure to global economics.

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank - 2011European Central Bank, Flickr

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. He wields notable influence in the tech sector, shaping Google's growth and tech industry at large.

Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA  - 2018World Economic Forum, Flickr

Satya Nadella

Over the last decade, Satya Nadella has led Microsoft with a unique leadership style centered on growth. His impact on the tech giant's expansion and profits is notable, solidifying his position as a standout leader in the industry.

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, USA - 2016World Economic Forum, Flickr

Amina J. Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed dedicates her time finding solutions to sustainable development, climate change, and gender equality, leading the UN in addressing global challenges for lasting solutions.

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations - 2022UN Geneva, Flickr

Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga, former CEO of Mastercard, was chosen by President Biden to head the World Bank, becoming the first Indian American to lead the organization. He aims to assist low-income nations with debt issues. Banga, a US citizen with an Indian background, has vast experience in Nestle and Citigroup before Mastercard. 

Ajay S. Banga, President, World Bank Group, Washington DC - 2024World Economic Forum, Flickr

Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva's role as Interational Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director impacts global financial stability and economic policies, addressing economic emergencies, promoting sustainable development, assisting struggling economies, 

Kristalina Georgieva - 2020International Monetary Fund, Flickr

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta Platforms, has significant influence in the social media and digital advertising sectors. Her role at Meta affects business tactics and platform regulations. She also supports women in leadership and has contributed to tackling data privacy and content moderation issues.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, Facebook, USA - 2015World Economic Forum, Flickr

Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister Ahmed of Ethiopia is a powerful figure, especially in Africat. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for resolving conflict with Eritrea, and he continues to try to unify Ethiopian politics.

A Conversation with Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia - 2019World Economic Forum, Flickr

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is involved in global issues like peacekeeping, and humanitarian crises. He emphasizes collaboration, sustainable growth, worldwide unity in facing challenges like COVID-19 and refugee crises.

Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General - 2023UNclimatechange, Flickr

Mike Pence

Mike Pence, the former VP of America, maintains influence in US politics and conservative movements due to his background in governance and public policy. His advocacy for conservative beliefs shapes national discourse, evident in his role in the 2020 election.

Vice President Mike Pence. - 2016GPA Photo Archive, Flickr

Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro's policies and leadership in Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, prioritize economic development and stability. His stance on environmental issues, particularly the Amazon rainforest, has gained international attention. 

Jair Bolsonaro - portrait 2020Palácio do Planalto, Flickr

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Okonjo-Iweala, the first female and African leader of the World Trade Organization, is focused on enhancing global trade policies and economic development by promoting fair and inclusive practices that benefit all countries.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Minister of Finance of Nigeria - 2016World Bank Photo Collection, Flickr

Leyma Gbowee

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, a peace advocate from Liberia, is known for her worldwide efforts in promoting peacebuilding, women's rights, and gender equality. She played a key role in ending Liberia's civil war.

Leymah Gbowee no Fronteiras do Pensamento Porto Alegre 2013Fronteiras do Pensamento, Flickr

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni's long reign in East Africa focuses on economic growth and security, overseeing infrastructure development and economic progress. Criticized for being authoritarian, his policies impact the region's stability and political landscape.

H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda - 2013Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Flickr

Patrice Motsepe

South African billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Motsepe, has a major impact on African economic and social development through investments and charity work. He was the first black African on Forbes' billionaire list, and he leads the Motsepe Foundation which deals with education, health, and economic empowerment.

Patrice T. Motsepe - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009World Economic Forum, Flickr

Mary Barra

Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, leads a major global car manufacturer focused on innovation in electric and autonomous vehicles. GM's goal is a future with zero emissions, crashes, and congestion, establishing them as industry leaders.

Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company, USA - 2015World Economic Forum, Flickr



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