Forbes has identified the one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, seizes the top spot on Forbes’ 2018 ranking of Top 10 Most Powerful Person in the World 2019 for the first time ever. China’s Congress amended its constitution in March, broadening Xi’s influence and eliminating term limits. Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 2) has been knocked out of the top spot, a title that he held for four consecutive years. A little over one year into his term, President Donald Trump falls to the No. 3 spot.
Newcomers to the list include Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia (No. 8), who has risen to power and will be the fulcrum around which the region’s geopolitics move for the next generation; Jerome H. Powell, Chair, Federal Reserve (No. 11); Emmanuel Macron, President, France (No. 12), who is pivoting France toward the world’s capitalist stage; Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission (No. 33); Michel Temer, President, Brazil (No. 50); Moon Jae-In, President, South Korea (No. 54); Hui Ka Yan, Chair, China Evergrande (No. 60); Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore (No. 61); Ken Griffin, Founder, Citadel (No. 65); Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan (No. 68); Reed Hastings, Cofounder, Netflix (No. 71); and Robert Mueller, Special Counsel, Justice Department (No. 72), who has already indicted several of President Trump’s associates and can make or break the Trump administration.
“This year’s ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People highlights the consolidation of power in the hands of an elite few,” said Forbes Contributing Editor David Ewalt. “China’s Xi Jinping ranks in first place for the first time, unseating Vladimir Putin, who held the top spot for four consecutive years. This also makes President Trump only No. 3 on the list, which is unprecedented only a year into his term.” Powerful Person in the World 2019, Top 10 Most Powerful Person,
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (No. 4), remains the world’s most powerful woman. Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud is now the youngest person on the list, a title formerly held by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (No. 13). Bernard Arnault, Chairman, LVMH (No. 56) returns to the list thanks to swelling revenues at his fashion house Louis Vuitton.
The Top 10 Most Powerful Person in the World 2019
1. Xi JinpingXi Jinping is a Chinese politician serving as general secretary of the Communist Party of China, president of the People’s Republic of China, and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
2. Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer serving as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. In between his presidential terms, he was also the Prime Minister of Russia under his close associate Dmitry Medvedev.
3. Donald Trump
Donald John Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School.
4. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018.
5. Jeff Bezos
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas
6. Pope Francis
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
7. Bill Gates
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation.
8. Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud
Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, colloquially known as MbS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
9. Narendra Modi
Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament for Varanasi.
10. Larry Page
Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin. The page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. After stepping aside as Google CEO in August 2001, in favor of Eric Schmidt, he re-assumed the role in April 2011.
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The Top 10 World’s Most Powerful Person
|1||Xi Jinping||General Secretary, Communist Party of China||China||Government & Policy|
|2||Vladimir Putin||President, Russia||Russia||Government & Policy|
|3||Donald Trump||President, United States||United States||Government & Policy|
|4||Angela Merkel||Chancellor, Germany||Germany||Government & Policy|
|5||Jeff Bezos||Founder & CEO, Amazon||United States||Business|
|6||Pope Francis||Pope, Roman Catholic Church||Vatican City||Philanthropy & Religion|
|7||Bill Gates||Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||United States||Philanthropy & Religion|
|8||Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud||Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||Government & Policy|
|9||Narendra Modi||Prime Minister, India||India||Government & Policy|
|10||Larry Page||Co-founder & CEO, Alphabet||United States||Business|
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