World’s 30 Most Powerful Men

In this excerpt, we compiled a list of the world’s 30 most powerful men.

We methodically took into consideration several factors in determining the rank of the following public figures. Social-cultural influence, media mentions, digital impact, and monetary assets, are all contributing factors in our list of the world’s most powerful men.

In essence, here are the 30 most powerful men in the world.

30. Richard Haass

Nationality: American
Occupation: President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Born in the heart of New York, Haass began with his role at the Department of Defense and the State Department in the late-70s and throughout the 80s.

Haass has served as the President of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003.

29. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

Nationality: American
Occupation: Chairman of the New York Times Company

Sulzberger became the publisher of the landmark American media brand the New York Times in the early-1990s.

He has occupied the newspaper as its chairman since 1997.

28. Mukesh Ambani

Nationality: Indian
Occupation: Chairman of Reliance Industries

Born in Aden, Yemen, the Indian billionaire is currently the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd.

Ambani is perhaps the richest man in the Asian world.

27. Warren Buffett

Nationality: American
Occupation: CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Currently sitting as its top executive, Buffett has led Berkshire Hathaway as one of the most renowned investors in the world.

The left-wing investor is considered to be one of the ten wealthiest people on the globe.

26. Jacob Rothschild

Nationality: British
Occupation: Investment Banker

Rothschild is a member of the powerful Jewish banking dynasty. By the product of incest, the Rothschild dynasty now includes many descendants from its Western European origin.

Known as ‘the Lord Rothschild,’ he carries on the tradition, currently serving as an investment banker and also president of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

25. Tim Cook

Nationality: American
Occupation: CEO of Apple

Following the death of Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs, Cook took over becoming one of the most influential public figures in the tech industry.

Cook is also the first top executive of a Fortune 500 company to disclose his change of gender identity.

24. Prince Philip

Nationality: Greek
Occupation: Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the current ruling monarch of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. He is also the father of Prince Charles, Princess Anne, alleged pedophile Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

The Greek-born monarch, currently the Duke of Edinburgh, obtained the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy before his tenure as a monarch.

23. Daniel Zhang

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: CEO of Alibaba Group

Zhang replaced Jack Ma as the CEO of the Alibaba Group.

He was ranked in 2020 by Time as one of the 100 most influential people. Zhang was educated in finance at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

22. Sundar Pichai

Nationality: Indian-American
Occupation: CEO of Alphabet, Inc.

The Indian-based technology executive has been the CEO of Alphabet Inc. since 2015, leading Google during a time of high tension between big tech and government.

Pichai, alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Jeff Bezos are collectively the four biggest tech magnates of the Western world. Pichai also served as a board member at Magic Leap Inc.

21. Bill Gates

Nationality: American
Occupation: Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation

The American-based business magnate founded and serves as the CEO of Microsoft Corporation.

Born under the name William Gates, he is a pioneer of software and computing, often described as America’s most innovative entrepreneur of all-time.

20. Andrew Bailey

Nationality: British
Occupation: Governor of the Bank of England

Before becoming Britain’s 121st Governor of the Bank of England in 2020, Bailey was a research officer at the London School of Economics.

Bailey is expected to stay put in his capacity until 2028.

19. Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud

Nationality: Saudi
Occupation: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

As the son of King Salman, the Saudi-based crown prince has become the most prominent member of the Saudi Royal Family and an unusual international public figure.

The crown prince is said to have led numerous diplomatic crises and the perpetration of a Washington Post journalist’s murder.

18. Kim Jong Un

Nationality: North Korean
Occupation: Supreme Leader of North Korea

Kim Jong-un assumed the position of Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2011.

Despite continued tensions between the North and the South after the Korean war, Kim, once named Josef Pwag by Brazilian authorities, has become a popular public figure in the Western world. Kim is also a graduate of Kim Il-sung University.

17. Jerome Powell

Nationality: American
Occupation: Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

Powell is the 16th Chair of the Federal Reserve System of the United States.

Appointed by the 45th President of the U.S. to that capacity, he oversees Federal Reserve Banks and monetary policy. Powell is a right-wing advocate.

16. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Nationality: Ethiopian
Occupation: Director-General of the World Health Organization

At a time of urgency, Ghebreyesus has helped lead the world during COVID-19 as Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Becoming the first African in that role, he was named in Time‘s 100 most influential people of 2020.

15. Kim Jong Yang

Nationality: South Korean
Occupation: President of Interpol

First serving as a police officer for South Korea’s most populous province, Kim Jong Yang rose to become the President of Interpol in 2018.

Yang is tasked with overseeing and implementing the international organization’s policies.

14. Yi Gang

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: Governor of the People’s Bank of China

Since 2018, Gang has served the role of Governor of the People’s Bank of China, perhaps the world’s most valuable central bank.

He studied in China and America, obtaining degrees in economics from Beijing University and the University of Illinois.

13. Narendra Modi

Nationality: Indian
Occupation: Prime Minister of India

Modi became the 14th Prime Minister of India in 2014.

A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was previously also a Member of Parliament for Varanasi.

12. Jens Stoltenberg

Nationality: Norwegian
Occupation: Secretary-General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Born in Norway, Stoltenberg commands as the 13th Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

NATO, the military alliance with memberships in the Eastern world, is the dominant combat-ready organization in the Western hemisphere.

11. Jim Bridenstine

Nationality: American
Occupation: Administrator of NASA

Bridenstine leads America’s premier agency for space research and aeronautics. As Administrator of NASA, he previously lent his time for military service in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.

Bridenstine, alongside U.S. Space Force’s John Raymond and aerospace engineer Elon Musk, are collectively the three magnates of space operations in the Western world.

10. António Guterres

Nationality: Portuguese
Occupation: Secretary-General of the United Nations

As part of the Socialist, left-wing party, António Guterres is presently the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, the world’s largest intergovernmental organization.

Guterres previously served a tenure as Prime Minister of Portugal.

9. Jeff Bezos

Nationality: American
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Amazon

In 2020, Bezos was dubbed as perhaps the richest individual in modern world history, nearly rivaling the Rothschild dynasty fortune at their peak. The first centi-billionaire to rank on Forbes, the tech giant mogul also owns the Washington Post.

Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

8. Jens Weidmann

Nationality: German
Occupation: Chairman of the Board of the Bank for International Settlements

Weidmann is a renowned German economist, having assumed the Chair of the Bank for International Settlements in 2015.

He is also the President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, a German central bank.

7. Felipe VI

Nationality: Spanish
Occupation: King of Spain

Felipe VI’s ascension to the throne in 2014 made him the current monarch and head of state in Spain.

As of 2020, Felipe reigns as the King of Spain.

6. Emmanuel Macron

Nationality: French
Occupation: President of France

In 2017, Macron defeated Marine Le Pen becoming the President of France as part of La République En Marche.

As the youngest president in France’s history, Macron is also one of the most powerful politicians in the world.

5. Pope Francis

Nationality: Argentinian
Occupation: Head of the Catholic Church

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, was placed as head of the Catholic Church, the first such leader from outside a European nation since Gregory III.

Pope Francis is perhaps the most influential religious public figure in the world. He currently resides in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

4. Vladimir Putin

Nationality: Russian
Occupation: President of the Russian Federation

Putin, a former FSB director, currently serves as the President of Russia. Born and educated in St. Petersberg, Russia, Putin is considered to be the nation’s most prominent leader since the fall of the Soviet Union.

In recent years, the Russian leader has been accused of meddling in U.S. politics, which he described as psychosis exhibited by officials in the highest levels of government. He has also been accused of human rights violations and other violations of international law.

3. Donald Trump

Nationality: American
Occupation: 45th President of the United States

Since his inauguration into office, Trump led one of the most controversial presidential administrations in American history. He is a descendent of Henry J. Heinz.

Often described in the media by his dark tetrad-like traits, the New York-based real estate mogul is expected to step down in 2021 after an election that put the Trump-era into a cessation.

2. Emperor Naruhito

Nationality: Japanese
Occupation: Emperor

Emperor Naruhito, also known as the ‘Reigning Emperor,’ is the world’s highest-ranking monarch. Derived from a succession of power that began about 500 years before the purported origination of Jesus of Nazareth, Naruhito serves as the 126th monarch in Japan.

Naruhito was abdicated on April 30th, 2019.

1. Xi Jinping

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: President of the People’s Republic of China

Born in Beijing, China, Xi is the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China, becoming one of the nation’s most powerful leaders since its founder Mao Zedong.

Xi’s standing on the world stage has been depicted as authoritarian for advocating internet censorship, mass surveillance, and human rights violations.

In 2018, Chinese congressional members sought and implemented the removal of term limits, asserting an indefinite rule of power in China.

Images courtesy of Kaveh Sardari, REUTERS, NurPhoto via Getty Images and CNS photo/Reuters
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