Power comes in many guises but it always means dominance and supremacy over thought and opinion. We’ve listed the 10 people Forbes believes currently rule the world in 2017.
#1: Vladimir Putin
Putin has been incumbent President of the Russian Federation since 2012, having previously served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2012. Such is his presence and dominant personality, few can remember a time when he wasn’t a pivotal factor in Russian politics and on the world stage.
#2: Donald Trump
The first billionaire President of the USA, Trump made his fortune from property and construction as well as being a TV personality. He is the richest person ever to assume the presidency and the first without prior military or government service.
#3: Angela Merkel
The most powerful woman in the world, Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and looks set to continue beyond 2017. She has steered her country through a recession, chaired the G8 and served as President of the European Council.
#4: Barack Obama
President of the USA from 2009 to 2017, Obama is feted for his work on universal health cover, environmental issues and the USA’s economic recovery. His Affordable Healthcare Act covered 17 million people who previously had no healthcare provision.
#5: Pope Francis
Born in Argentina, Pope Francis became the 266th Pope in 2013 and the first one to be chosen from South America. He has been praised for his moves to modernise the Roman Catholic Church and is active in the areas of human rights and combating priestly sexual abuse.
#6: Xi Jinping
The current President of China, Xi is an active reformist of the Chinese Communist Party and has made bold moves to open China’s borders to allow more foreign media coverage. He has also been influential in China’s recent resurgence in global commercial revenues.
#7: Bill Gates
A self-made billionaire, Gates is as famous these days for his philanthropy and charitable research foundations as he is for being the founder of Microsoft. Although he stepped down as CEO in 2000, he is still their Technology Advisor (part time).
#8: Janet Yellen
Yellen is the current chair of the US Federal Reserve System and as such holds unparalleled influence over US monetary policy. Previously Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton, she has focused on keeping interest rates low to avoid inflation.
#9: Larry Page
CEO and co-founder of Alphabet, the parent company that owns Google, Page is credited with inventing PageRank, Google’s famous search ranking algorithm. At the age of 44, Page is the 12th richest person in the world.
#10: Mark Zuckerberg
A Harvard dropout and the founder of Facebook at just 19 years old, Zuckerberg has been ranked as one of the most influential people in the world since 2010. In 2012 he and his wife announced that they would give away 99% of their lifetime’s wealth to good causes.