Forbes reveals world’s most powerful people, only one Nigerian makes list [Full list]

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 8, 2018) – Of the nearly 7.5 billion people on the planet, 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 The World’s 75 Most Powerful People 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.”

Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (No. 4), remains the world’s most powerful woman. Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saudis 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.

Four factors were taken into account to select each of the World’s Most Powerful People: how many people over whom they have power; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world.

President of China, Xi Jinping clinched the first spot as number 1, while Donald Trump came third with Pope Francis ranked 6th.

Dangote, the only Nigerian on the exclusive list, was 66th position on the list.

The full list contains the following names:

1. Xi Jinping
2. Vladimir Putin
3. Donald Trump
4. Angela Merkel
5. Jeff Bezos
6. Pope Francis
7. Bill Gates
8. Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
9. Narendra Modi
10. Larry Page
11. rome H. Powell
12. Emmanuel Macron
13.Mark Zuckerberg
14.Theresa May
15.Li Keqiang
16.Warren Buffet
17. Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
18. Mario Draghi
19. Jamie Dimon
20.Carlos Slim Helu
21. Jack Ma
22. Christine Lagarde
23. Doug McMillon
24. Tim Cook
25. Elon Musk
26. Benjamin Netanyahu
27. Ma Huateng
28.Larry Fink
29. Akio Toyoda
30.John L. Flannery
31. Antonio Guterres
32. Mukesh Ambani
33. Jean-Claude Juncker
34. Darren Woods
35. Sergey Brin
36.Kim Jong-un
37. Charles Koch
38. Shinzo Abe
39. Rupert Murdoch
40. Satya Nadella
41. Jim Yong Kim
42. Stephen Schwarzman
43. Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
44. Haruhiko Kuroda
45. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
46. Li Ka-shing
47.Lloyd Blankfein
48. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
49. Bob Iger
50. Michel Temer
51. Michael Bloomberg
52. Wang Jianlin
53. Mary Barra
54. Moon Jae-in
55. Masayoshi Son
56. Bernard Arnault
57. Justin Trudeau
58. Robin Li
59. Michael Dell
60.Hui Ka Yan
61. Lee Hsien Loong
62. Bashar al-Assad
63. John Roberts
64. Enrique Pena Nieto
65. Ken Griffin
66. Aliko Dangote
67. Mike Pence
68. Qamar Javed Bajwa
69. Rodrigo Duterte
70. Abigail Johnson
71. Reed Hastings
72. Robert Mueller
73. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
74. Joko Widodo
75. Gianni Infantino

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