It is said that wealth is power but the wealthiest people in the world are not always the most powerful people. Power is a combination of money and influence that enables people to shape the world. These heads of state, billionaires, CEOs really possess the economic and political weight to effect global change. For better or worse, their decisions affect millions and change nations.
10. Larry Page
Larry Page is the co-founder of Google and is the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. He is an internet entrepreneur and a computer scientist. He is also known for the invention of PageRank, Google’s search ranking algorithm.
9. Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India( 26 May 2014 – present). He is the leader of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the party gained the majority in Lok Sabha in the 2014 general elections. He was also the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014. As the member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and being a Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi is a controversial figure both domestically and internationally.
8. David Cameron
David Cameron is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom(2010 to 2016). David Cameron is known for being a revolutionary leader of Britain’s Conservative Party. He announced his resignation in 2016 after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
7. Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen is a leading American economist and has served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors since 2010 until becoming the first woman to become chair of the board in 2014.
6. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is the co-founder of one of the largest software companies, Microsoft. He has been on the Forbes wealthiest people list since 1995. He is currently the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of US$76.6 billion (June 2016). He founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and donates large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs.
5. Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is the top leader of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China and the Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. As the general secretary, he is also an ex-officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top decision-making body.
4. Pope Francis
Jorge Mario Bergoglio or Pope Francis is the 266th and the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
3. Barack Obama
Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African-American individual to serve as U.S. president. He is also the first U.S. president to be born outside the contiguous United States. He was first elected to the presidency in 2008 and won a second term in 2012.
2. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is a German politician and former research scientist. She became the first female chancellor of Germany in 2005. She has been described as the de facto leader of the European Union.
1. Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician and the current President of the Russian Federation. He is a former KGB officer and was appointed as the prime minister from 1999-2000. He was appointed as the president in 2000 after the resignation of Boris Yeltsin and held office for a second term till 2008. He then again became the prime minister from 2008-2012. He regained the position of the President of the Russian Federation in May 2012.