The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth

The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth

By David M. Ewalt

People(Forbes) — There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 20 men and women make the world turn. 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, we 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. Next we assessed the financial resources controlled by each person. Then we determined if the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres. Lastly, we made sure that the candidates actively used their power.

To calculate the final rankings, a panel of Forbes editors ranked all of our candidates in each of these four dimensions of power, and those individual rankings were averaged into a composite score. This year’s list comes at a time of rapid and profound change, and represents our best guess about who will matter in the year to come.

Here are the 20 most powerful people in the world.


#20 – Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister, Israel


#19 – Jamie Dimon

CEO, JPMorgan Chase


#18 – Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
Grand Ayatollah, Iran


#17 – Carlos Slim Helu
Chair, Grupo Carso


#16 – Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
King, Saudi Arabia


#15 – Warren Buffett
CEO, Berkshire Hathaway


#14 – Jeff Bezos
CEO, Amazon


#13 – Theresa May
Prime Minister, U.K.


#12 – Li Keqiang
Premier, China


#11 – Mario Draghi
President, European Central Bank


#10 – Mark Zuckerberg
CEO, Facebook


#9 – Narendra Modi
Prime Minister, India


#8 – Larry Page
President, Alphabet


#7 – Bill Gates
Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


#6 – Janet Yellen
Chair, Federal Reserve


#5 – Pope Francis
Pope, Roman Catholic Church


#4 – Xi Jinping
General Secretary, Communist Party Of China


#3 – Angela Merkel
Chancellor, Germany


#2 – Donald Trump
President-Elect, U.S. (based on Dec 2016)


#1 – Vladimir Putin
President, Russia

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