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 to influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their ability to change the world.
The World’s Most Powerful People 2018
10. Larry Page
Larry Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin. Page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. After stepping aside as Google CEO in August 2001 in favour of Eric Schmidt, he re-assumed the role in April 2011.
Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and, since 2014, the current Prime Minister of India. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament for Varanasi.
8. Mohammad Bin Salman
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, known colloquially as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, serving as First Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs and Minister of Defense the world’s youngest officeholder at the time.
7. Bill Gates
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation.
6. Pope Francis
Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
5. Jeff Bezos
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas.
4. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union since 2000. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World.
3. Donald Trump
Donald John Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
2. Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer serving as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008.
1. Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician currently serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. Often described as China’s “paramount leader,” in 2016, the CPC officially gave him the title of “core leader.”