50 Most Powerful People By Forbes

Vladimir Putin

There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 50 men and women make the world turn and are the most influential in the world. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most.

To compile the list, Forbes considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. First, we asked whether the candidate has power over lots of people. Pope Francis, ranked #5, is the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics. Doug McMillon (#27), is the CEO of the world’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart Stores WMT +0.18%, with more than 2.3 million workers around the globe.

Check out the most powerful people of 2016.

#1 Vladimir Putin – Russia

#2 Donald Trump – United States

#3 Angela Merkel – Germany

#4 Xi Jinping – China

#5 Pope Francis – Roman Catholic Church

#6 Janet Yellen – United States

#7 Bill Gates – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

#8 Larry Page – Alphabet

#9 Narendra Modi – India

#10 Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook

#11 Mario Draghi – European Central Bank

#12 Li Keqiang – China

#13 Theresa May – United Kingdom

#14 Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com

#15 Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway

#16 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Saudi Arabia

#17 Carlos Slim Helu – América Móvil

#18 Ali Hoseini-Khamenei – Iran

#19 Jamie Dimon JPMorgan – Chase

#20 Benjamin Netanyahu – Israel

#21 Elon Musk – Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

#22 Jeffrey Immelt – General Electric

#23 Francois Hollande  – France

#24 Rex Tillerson – ExxonMobil

#25 Christine Lagarde – International Monetary Fund –

#26 Lloyd Blankfein – Goldman Sachs Group

#27 Doug McMillon – Wal-Mart Stores –

#28 Jack Ma – Alibaba Group

#29 Akio Toyoda – Toyota Motor

#30 Sergey Brin – Alphabet

#31 Charles Koch Koch – Industries

#32 Tim Cook – Apple

#33 Li Ka-shing – CK Hutchison Holdings

#34 Larry Fink – BlackRock

#35 Rupert Murdoch – News Corp

#36 Antonio Guterres – United Nations

#37 Shinzo Abe – Japan

#38 Mukesh Ambani – Reliance Industries

#39 Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan – United Arab Emirates

#40 Jay Y. Lee – Samsung Electronics

#41 Ding Xuedong – China

#42 Jim Yong Kim – World Bank

#43 Kim Jong-un – North Korea

#44 Abdel el-Sisi – Egypt

#45 Ma Huateng – Tencent Holdings

#46 Michael Dell – Dell

#47 Haruhiko Kuroda – Japan

#48 Barack Obama – United States

#49 Khalid Al-Falih – Saudi Arabia

#50 John Roberts – United States


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