Who is the most powerful person in the world in 2021? Let’s find out.
Power in this context is defined as the combination of wealth, influence and appeal hinged on political authority, business growth or sheer intelligence.
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From Alaska to Japan, the North Pole to the South Pole, there are people who have distinguished themselves and command excess power. The ability of these people to influence world decisions, trigger political and economic upheavals and “get things done” certainly make them powerful.
With a list dominated by politicians and business gurus, it clearly depicts that the two sure ways of acquiring and wielding power are through either political leadership or the provision of solutions.
Now, let’s get into the list of the world’s most powerful persons in 2021
1. Xi Jinping Xi
China’s President, Xi Jinping Xi is the most powerful person in the world in 2021. Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician who has served as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2012, and President of the People’s Republic of China since 2013.
He has positioned China as the new centre of the world’s excellence, industry and growth. China is now the most enviable country in the world rocking shoulders with or surpassing Europe, America and the rest.
2. Vladimir Putin
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin is the second most powerful person in the world in 2021. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is serving as the current president of Russia since 2012, previously being in the office from 1999 until 2008. He was also prime minister from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.
3. Joe Biden
Not too long ago, the American President is always the most powerful person in the world. Well, that power has not diminished at all since Joe Biden, is currently the third most powerful person in the world in 2021.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.
4. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel, without a doubt, is the most powerful woman leader in the world at the moment. He wields a lot of power and influences world decisions.
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as the chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2005 and as leader of the Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018. A member of the Christian Democratic Union, Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany.
5. Jeff Bezos
Wealth certainly comes with power and that makes the world richest man, Jeff Bezos, the most powerful businessman in the world. In fact, he is the most powerful richest person in the world at the moment.
With a net worth of 186 billion dollars, the CEO of Amazon, Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor. Bezos is the founder and CEO of the multinational technology company Amazon.
6. Pope Francis
Pope Francis is the most powerful religious leader in the world and the power and influence of the Pope have barely waned over the years. The Pope is the most revered religious position in the world at the moment.
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century.
7. Bill Gates
Bill Gates has always remained one of the most powerful people in the world since he first became a billionaire. His innovation in the computer software and hardware space makes him a colossus. Not too long ago, he was the most powerful businessman in the world until Jeff Bezos overtook him.
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. His marriage with Melinda Gates came crush down a few weeks ago but Bill is still up there.
8. Mohammed bin Salman Al Sud
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Sud is the most powerful monarch in the world in 2021. With so much political power at his disposal, Mohammed bin Salman Al Sud is very revered amongst the Arab enclave.
At 35, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, colloquially known as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He is currently serving as the country’s deputy prime minister and is also Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, Chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs, and Minister of Defense – the world’s youngest at the time of his appointment.
He has been described as the power behind the throne of his father, King Salman. He was appointed crown prince in June 2017 following King Salman’s decision to remove Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions, making Mohammed bin Salman heir-designate to the throne.
9. Narendra Modi
FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering before flagging off the “Dandi March”, or Salt March, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, in Ahmedabad, India, March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave
The Prince Minister of India, Narendra Modi is also amongst the world’s most powerful people in 2021. Leading the most populous nation in the world, Narendra is the most powerful Prime Minister in the world.
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 a member of the Parliament for Varanasi. Modi is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its National Democratic Alliance.
10. Larry Page
Larry Page is very influential and it is evident in the popularization in his search engine Google and the global video streaming platform YouTube. As one of the richest young people in the world, Larry Page has much power.
Lawrence Edward Page is an American business magnate, computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders of Google along with Sergey Brin.
11. Jerome H. Powell
Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The Federal Reserve indicated a readiness to cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade to sustain a near-record U.S. economic expansion, citing uncertainties in their outlook. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Jerome Powell is one of the most powerful brains in the United States of America and across the globe. With his experience as a political appointee, Jerome Powell is a key decision-maker as far as global issues surrounding Banking, Commerce etc.
Jerome Hayden “Jay” Powell is the 16th chair of the Federal Reserve, serving in that office since February 2018. He was nominated to the Board of the Federal Reserve in 2012 by President Barack Obama, and subsequently nominated to be the chair of the Fed by President Donald Trump, and confirmed in each case by the United States Senate.
12. Emmanuel Macron
At age 43, Emmani]uel Macron is the most powerful young politician in the. world. Serving as the President of France, Macron wields so much global power.
Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been serving as the president of France since 14 May 2017.
Born in Amiens, Macron studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, later completing a master’s degree in public affairs at Sciences Po and graduating from the École Nationale d’administration in 2004. He worked as a senior civil servant at the Inspectorate General of Finances and later became an investment banker at Rothschild & Co.
Macron was appointed a deputy secretary-general by President François Hollande shortly after his election in May 2012, making Macron one of Hollande’s senior advisers. He was later appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in August 2014 by prime minister Manuel Valls. In this role, Macron championed a number of business-friendly reforms. He resigned from the Cabinet in August 2016, launching a campaign for the 2017 presidential election.
Although Macron had been a member of the Socialist Party from 2006 to 2009, he ran in the election under the banner of a centrist political movement he founded in April 2016, En Marche.
13. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, at age 37, is one of the youngest rich people in the world. The Founder of Facebook wields so much power as a media magnate and internet entrepreneur and that position him as one of the most powerful people in the world in 2021.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American media magnate, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding Facebook, Inc. and serves as its chairman, chief executive officer, and controlling shareholder.
14. Boris Johnson
The power of the prime Minister of the UK has waned over time but that does not defeat the fact that anyone who occupies the position has so much world power and influence.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnso is a British politician and writer serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. His leadership prowess during the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has been commended worldwide.
15. Li Keqiang
Li Keqinag makes the list of the 15 most powerful people in the world.
Li Keqiang is a Chinese politician who is the current Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China since 15 March 2013.