In the upcoming year 2015 these 10 Most powerful people will shear the world, and will affect every major economic, national, international & military policy. Power can be of military, economic or combination of both. The world consists of roughly 7.2 Billion people, but these 10 people matters the most as they influence the world in some way. There are huge advantage of being powerful as it can help to influence policies, relationship and business.
Top ten most powerful people in the world
People from all sort of background whether it be a political leader, head of state, head of financial institute, businessman and philanthropist are in this list. So let’s have a look at this year’s 10 most powerful persons in the world who truly run the world.
10. David Cameron – Prime minister, UK
David Cameron currently the prime minister of UK, just a few decade ago which colonized almost half of the world. UK currently has the 8th largest economy in the world. But a permanent UN Security council seat and advanced military technology provide him the power the influence international affairs.
A strong currency and a strong position in EU makes him 10th most powerful people in the world.
9. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud – King, Saudi Arabia
The king of Saudi Arabia and absolute monarch of the state. Currently he controls more than 20% of world’s oil reserve, which provides him power to control the world. In today’s world Oil, Natural gas and coal are the primary source of energy. Along with Oil he guards some of the world’s most holiest cities like Makkah (Mecca) and Madinah.
The Oil economic boom and strategic alliance with US provides him the courage to make Saudi Arabia a tax-free state. But he faces some challenges like Arab spring and high unemployment rate.
Oil money and religion put him among world’s most powerful people’s list. PS: Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is most powerful Muslim in the world.
8. Mario Draghi – President, EU Central Bank
Mario Draghi current president of EU central bank controls the largest economic zone (Euro zone). Euro is currently used in most part of European Union (except UK) with a gross GDP of $17 trillion. Current economic crisis and slow growth of the region poses significant challenge to him. Euro provides him the power to influence life and economy of whole Euro Zone (from Germany to Greece).
7. Janet Yellen – Chairperson, Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen currently heads the organization which controls world’s most used and most stable currency, the US Dollar. American economy and also international economy hugely depend on US Dollar as currently it’s the reserve currency for international transaction. Decision of Janet Yellen effects on the stability of the currency. Currently nearly 80% of the international transactions are completed by using US Dollar. From this transaction Federal Reserve makes money. It also makes money by buying securities and lending paper printed fiat money to banks. Her office keeps check on the overspending of the politicians.
Due to this immense economic power Janet Yellen ranks 7th in our list.
6. Pope Francis – Pope, Catholic church
Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) is currently the pope of Roman Catholic Church and Head of the state of Vatican City. Being a priest and supreme leader of 1.2 Billion Catholics in the world gives him access and control on them. He publicly spoke about several controversial issues such as Abortion, Birth control, same-sex marriage.
5. Bill Gates- Chairperson, Gates Foundation
Bill Gates the former CEO, Chairperson and founder of Microsoft is 5th in our list. This entrepreneur turned philanthropist is the 2nd richest person in the world. Currently his asset is valued at around 84 Billion. He was the richest person in the world for 15 years consecutively. After giving away more than 30 Billion dollars to home-grown Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (in short Gates Foundation), his current mission is to eliminate deadly preventable diseases from developing and 3rd world countries. His work to control Polio virus in southeast asia (especially India and Pakistan) is mentionable. Along with preventing Deadly diseases his foundation is also working on several African countries to decrease infant mortality rate and birth control. According to a report published by his foundation by the year 2020 his work will be able to save more than 80 million people worldwide.
Along with actively working and giving away his own assets, Bill Gates has also started Giving Pledge which encourages other billionaires to give away their wealth for a good cause.
Bill Gates’ excellency in computer programming, nature in which he spend his wealth and effectiveness of his work in developing world made him 5th most powerful person in the world.
4. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
Angela Dorothea Merkel is the most powerful woman and 4th most powerful person in the world. Angela Merkel currently the Chancellor of Germany has been the president of European Council and she also chaired G8. Merkel played a crucial role to manage European financial crisis. For German domestic policy she is the final decider and took several hard decisions to reform healthcare and energy generation. Currently the whole EU and its finances lies on her shoulder.
3. Xi Jinping – GS, China
Xi Jinping is the general secretary of Communist party of China which rules People’s republic of China. Xi Jinping controls the country with world’s largest population and Army with highest number of active troops. China being a manufacturing hub of the world, his decision influences almost most part of the world. A permanent seat in UN Security council provides an extra edge over economic power. Analysts say China has the potential to become global superpower hence its rulers. Currently Xi Jinping ranks 3rd in our list of Top Ten most powerful people in the world.
2. Barack Obama – President, USA
Barack Obama, the 44th president of US is the 2nd most powerful person in the world. Though he heads world’s most powerful armed forces, he is heading the office consecutively for two terms (8 Years). Barack Obama can hugely affect international affair and relationships due to backing of most advanced army and economic power (Both in GDP and military spending US tops the world). You might be wondering why Obama didn’t top in this list despite being commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful Army? The reason is due to his decreasing popularity and US citizen confidence in him. High unemployment rate, Budget deficit, war in the middle east put him one step down in this list. Obama still has 2 years to resolve these issues to become the most powerful personality in the world.
1. Vladimir Putin – President, Russia
3rd consecutive President of Russian Federation (sort of). Putin is the most powerful people in the world (at the time of writing). Last time he surprised everybody by winning the election. Putin is in the news due to his annexation in Crimea. US and the west couldn’t do much except some sanctions.
This ex KGB officer poses significant risk (not exactly, but challenge) to the US influence in the world, and he tried to flip the game. Being an ex military person he has a great personality. Vladimir Putin controls world’s largest Nuclear Arsenal, world’s largest oil and gas reserve and world’s largest territory (Russia). Permanent seat in UN gives Vladimir Putin ability to influence international affairs (by vetoing decisions of US and West).
We hope you enjoyed the life history and power of these 10 most powerful Personalities. Were you expecting someone else in this list? Let us know in the comment section (including why he deserves to be in the list of Top Ten most powerful people in the world). Want to be creative? Share your version of Top 10 Most powerful person.