The Most Influential People have a potent combination of money and power to shape the world for better or worse. While there were many icons in the 21st century like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, JK Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Hawking, Warren Buffet and more, who are recognized for changing the world for better, the following people are some of the noteworthy trendsetters in recent times.
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10. Larry Page
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CEO of Google and now CEO of Alphabet, the newly formed parent company, Larry Page has been one of the most powerful peoples in the world. Providing the most commonly accessed ‘gateways’ to the Internet via Google and other revolutionary products, Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin have continuously influenced the daily lives of millions of people around the world. There is hardly an industry that has not felt Google’s impact. He is at number 10 in the Most Influential People list.
9. Mark Zuckerberg
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With nearly 1.8 billion active users on his social networking platform Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world most influential peoples. Facebook’s influence is undeniable. Together with WhatsApp, a robust messaging app that it acquired, Facebook has changed the way we communicate, share and run our businesses. What started as a means to connect with people online, Facebook has transformed into an advertising and communications behemoth and is growing to greater heights every day.
8. Jeff Bezos
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The founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, is one of the most powerful peoples in the world. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore in 1994. It has grown into the world’s largest online shopping retailer, driving the growth of digital publication along the way. Billionaire Bezos is also the founder of Blue Origin, an aerospace research and development company, which launched the first fully reusable rocket into space in 2015. He also owns The Washington Post and manages a number of other business investments through his company Bezos Expeditions.
7. Elon Musk
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Billionaire, maverick, revolutionary and genius are just some of the words used to describe Elon Musk. Known as ‘Iron Man’, Elon Musk is one of the world most influential peoples. Musk founded X.com which later became PayPal.com, one of the largest internet payment companies today. From thereon, Elon has created or co-founded many successful companies such as Zip2, SolarCity, Tesla Motors and SpaceX. SpaceX became the second company to successfully launch a reusable rocket after Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Elon Musk has envisioned a high-speed transportation system called HyperLoop.
6. Pope Francis
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Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, is another big one on the list of the world most influential peoples. The Pope is well known to break the mould established by previous papal legacy. With his personality, humility and charisma, Pope Francis has wowed people world over. He has been a political pope unlike his predecessors, with vocal opinions on many topics including climate change.
5. Xi Jinping
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Xi Jinping, the current President of China is one of the most powerful peoples in the world and in China’s history. The President brought in privatization-friendly reforms while launching a strong anti-graft drive at the same time. Xi has wooed investors worldwide bringing in over $40 billion in trade deals to China. An assertive figure in Asia, Xi is a strong proponent of greater security alliances with the rest of the world. He is the Most Influential People in china and also one of them for the rest of the world.
4. Angela Merkel
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The first ever woman German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has been credited for getting Europe’s largest economy out of recession. With a strong standing in office, Merkel has ruled Germany for 10 years. She has boosted her position as a world-leader with key energy reforms back in Germany and strong opinion and effect in the European commission. She also played a major role in handling the recent Greek crisis. Under her, Germany has been a strong force against ISIS, the terrorist organization. Merkel is number 4 on our list of world most influential peoples.
3. Narendra Modi
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Winning the general elections with full majority, the first time since 1984 in India’s political history, Narendra Modi is his country’s most prolific Prime Minister yet. In the very first year in office, Modi ushered in 7.4% GDP growth and brought renewed focus on reforming and modernizing India. Since coming into power, Modi’s influence is seen in international diplomacy, economic policies, defense policy and the war on terrorism. He has also been pivotal in bringing in wide-scale reforms in technology and foreign investment in the country.
2. Barack Obama
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The first African-American to hold the Presidential office of the United States, Barack Obama is undoubtedly one of the most powerful peoples in the world. One of the few presidents to be sworn in for a second term, Obama has been influential in curbing unemployment and growing the economy of America. He was widely praised for ending the war in Iraq, eliminating terror leader Osama Bin Laden and promoting democracy in Middle Eastern countries.
1. Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to be one of the world most influential peoples year after year. Despite facing criticism many a time for his policies, Putin still enjoys high popularity ratings. Putin’s assertion of his influence can be seen in many examples. From opposing Nato expansion towards Russia to meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the war against ISIS, Putin has been at the forefront. He has also been pivotal in brokering large investment deals with China and India.
This is one of our compilations of the most powerful peoples in the world. Let us know which leaders you feel should make our next list in the comments section.
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