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It isn’t just wealth. And it isn’t just control over people or resources. No, true power is a potent combination of money and influence that enables people to help shape the world. But only a select group of people really possess the economic and political clout to effect global change. For better or worse, their decisions affect millions, shake industries, and change nations.

Business Insider has compiled the following list of the world’s most powerful people — heads of state, billionaires, CEOs, and entertainers. To determine the ranking, we considered more than 100 of the most influential players in business, politics, and entertainment, and we evaluated their influence by using metrics in four major areas: economic power, command, newsworthiness, and impact — a subjective measure that captures how important they are in their respective spheres.

Because the majority of these people span several industries, we took the logarithm of each and mapped those logarithms to a standardized scale, which allowed us to combine the metrics.

Source – Business Insider


50. Jay Z and Beyoncé

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Titles: Singer (Beyoncé), rapper and entrepreneur (Jay Z)

Country: US


49. Mukesh Ambani

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Title: Chairman, managing director of Reliance Industries

Country: India


48. Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

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Title: Sinaloa Cartel leader

Country: Mexico


47. Rupert Murdoch

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Title: Executive chairman, 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

Country: Australia


46. Sheldon Adelson

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Title: Chairman, CEO of Las Vegas Sands

Country: US


45. Benjamin Netanyahu

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Title: Israeli prime minister

Country: Israel

44. Ginni Rometty

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Title: Chairman, CEO of IBM

Country: US


43. Robin Li

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Title: Baidu CEO

Country: China


42. Park Geun-hye

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Title: President of South Korea

Country: South Korea


41. Steve Schwarzman

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Title: Founder, CEO of Blackstone Group

Country: US


40. Ban Ki-moon

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Title: UN secretary-general

Country: South Korea


39. Satya Nadella

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Title: CEO, Microsoft

Country: US


38. Elon Musk

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Title: CEO, Tesla and SpaceX

Country: US


37. Larry Ellison

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Title: Founder, executive chairman of Oracle

Country: US


36. Oprah Winfrey

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Title: CEO, OWN

Country: US


35. Christine Lagarde

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Title: Managing director of the IMF

Country: France


34. Rex Tillerson

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Title: CEO of Exxon Mobil

Country: US


33. Michael Bloomberg

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Title: CEO of Bloomberg LP

Country: US


32. Ali Khamenei

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Title: Supreme Leader of Iran

Country: Iran


31. King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud

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Title: King of Saudi Arabia

Country: Saudi Arabia


30. Dilma Rousseff

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Title: President of Brazil

Country: Brazil


29. Wang Jianlin

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Title: Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group

Country: China


28. Tim Cook

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Title: CEO of Apple

Country: US


27. Amancio Ortega

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Title: Founder of Inditex

Country: Spain


26. Rob and Jim Walton

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Titles: Board members and controlling shareholders of Walmart

Country: US


25. Carlos Slim Helú

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Title: Founder of América Móvil and Grupo Carso

Country: Mexico


24. Mario Draghi

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Title: President of the European Central Bank

Country: Italy


23. Jack Ma

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Title: Founder and CEO of Alibaba

Country: China


22. Li Ka-shing

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Title: Chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings

Country: China


21. Sergey Brin

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Title: Co-founder, president of Alphabet

Country: US

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20. Jamie Dimon

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Title: Chairman, CEO of JPMorgan Chase

Country: US

For a decade now Dimon has helmed JPMorgan Chase, the largest commercial bank in the US with $2.6 trillion in assets, and during his tenure he’s become one of the most respected voices in finance. His performance has also made him one of the few bank CEOs to become a billionaire.

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