Most Powerful People in the World 2021 {Updated List}

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Ever wanted to know about the most powerful people in the world that are existing in the world right now? This post is all about the 50 most powerful people in the world as of 2021. If you are curious to know about the powerful people of our planet, then this post is a must-read.

Power is not only wealth or comes from being rich. Powerful people in this post refer to the people who have a great influence on society, the field they work in, and who contributed to their surroundings and people with their power, wealth, and ideas equally.

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There are billions of people living in this world but only countable people stand out from the others. Their ideology, thinking, and execution of things make them special and powerful. We are going to discuss such great personalities in our today’s post.

50 Most Powerful People In The World

The powerful people that we are talking about have a great impact on the public, social media platforms, and the respective field of their profession. Without wasting your time, here we go with the list of the 50 most powerful people in the world currently.

1. Xi Jinping

Country: China or People’s Republic of China

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Xi Jinping is currently the president of the People’s Republic of China and holds great power in his country. Xi Jinping has the title of the most powerful Chinese leader or politician. He was the general secretary of a communist political party who has been serving as the president of the country since 2013. He has also been working as a Chairman for the Central Military Commission since 2012.

2. Vladimir Putin

Country: Russia

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Vladimir Putin is next on the list of the 50 most powerful people in the world. He is the current president of the country Russia or the Russian Federation. Putin was also the prime minister of Russia in the past. He has set a great mark with his works for the country. He has a great influence even outside his country for his great works. Putin has also helped Syria’s politician Bashar Al Assad by launching a military operation.

3. Barack Obama

Country: United States

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Barack Obama is the most powerful person in the world as of today. Obama is the former president of the United States and was one of the most powerful presidents to have reign over the United States. He changed the state of the country to a different level. Under his power, the GDP of the US went from 3 trillion to $17 trillion. His efforts and ideas helped the country to fight the financial crisis to a great extent.

4. Angela Merkel

Country: Germany

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The next person on the list of the 50 most powerful people in the world is a German woman. Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany who has been serving the country for more than 15 years already which is since 2005. This woman, Angela Merkel is one of the most powerful politicians of Europe and is the first woman to become chancellor of Germany. She has also shown her support in Putin’s Pro-Russian insurrection on Ukraine.

5. Narendra Modi

Country: India

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Two times consecutive prime minister of India, Narendra Modi is considered one of the most powerful people in the world. Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the world’s largest democratic country and holds a great responsibility to better the nation which he has been doing very efficiently. Modi has introduced uniform sales tax, foreign direct investment, women’s empowerment schemes, and much more.

6. Warren Buffet

Country: United States

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Warren Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. which is a multinational conglomerate company holding more than 60 subsidiaries and a large number of companies running under it. He started buying shares at the age of 11 and is now one of the richest people. He owns the power on roughly half of the companies running in the United States.

7. Pope Francis

Country: Vatican City

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Religion has a great influence on people and it is an important part of the lives of believers. The next person that we are going to talk about is Pope Francis. Pope Francis is from Vatican City nation and is the leader of the Catholic Faith. He talks about not only religion, but also social topics, the economy, and much more in his speeches. Pope Francis is one of the most powerful people in the world and has more than a billion followers worldwide.

8. Charles and David Koch

Country: United States

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Charles and David Koch are also some of the most powerful personalities in today’s era. Charles is the CEO and David is the executive VP of Koch Industries, Inc. This company was founded in 1940 and is now in the hands of Charles and David with a net worth of $87 billion. Charles and David are also actively part of conservative politics and have shown their support for the Republican candidate Carly Fiorina for the presidential elections.

9. Janet Yellen

Country: United States

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Janet Yellen is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and is also the first woman to gain this position. She has played a huge role in increasing employment in the United States. Janet Yellen is the responsible guardian of the US economy. With her ideas and efforts, the unemployment rate decreased to 5% providing more than 271,000 new jobs.

10. Bill Gates

Country: United States

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Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and was the Chairman of the same company until he stepped down from the position in 2014. Bill Gates is a billionaire business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is one of the richest people in the world and has billions of fans around the world. His net worth is more than $90 billion as of 2021.

11. Francois Hollande

Country: France

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Francois Hollande is another great person on the list of most powerful people in the world. Francis Hollande is the former president of France. He is a politician who served as a president from 2012 to 2017. Emmanuel Macron succeeded Francois Hollande as president in 2017. He faced a lot of terror attacks under his rule over France and dealt with them bravely. He has worked for fighting against ISIS and also provided the citizens with a lot of beneficiary schemes.

12. David Cameron

Country: United Kingdom

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David Cameron is the prime minister of the United Kingdom and has a unique place of his own in the most powerful people in the world. He is two times consecutive prime minister of the UK and has done a lot for the society and the citizens of his country. David Cameron worked in increasing enterprises from the 28-nation bloc, regulation of the businesses, welfare of immigrants, and foreigners.

13. Shinzo Abe

Country: Japan

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Shinzo Abe is the president of Japan for the second time. Japan is speeding up in technology and advancement thanks to the leaders of their country. Shinzo Abe has contributed a lot to his country’s development and it can be confirmed by seeing. Shinzo Abe has the dream of bringing Silicon Valley advancement to their country, Japan. He is also in talks with Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerburg to have some serious development changes.

14. Jiang Jianqing

Country: China or People’s Republic of China

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Jiang Jianqing is a Chinese businessman and the Chairman and executive director of the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China. Jiang Jianqing is one of the most powerful people in the world. Jianqing is the Chairman of the world’s largest commercial bank that has assets of more than $3.5 trillion. The bank was about to go bankrupt when Jianqing took over in 2000 and completely changed the situation. Jianqing is also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

15. Abigail Johnson

Country: United States

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The next personality that we are talking about is the CEO of the world’s second-largest mutual fund investment corporation, Fidelity. Abigail Johnson is the CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014. She is also the Chairman of Fidelity Investment’s sister company, Fidelity International. Abigail Johnson is now a billionaire businesswoman, which she earned from her hard work and efforts.

16. Larry Page

Country: United States

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Larry Page is also one of the most powerful people in the world and has contributed towards a digital world with his developments. Larry Page is the co-founder of Google along with Sergey Brin. He is also a part of the company, Alphabet. Larry Page was the CEO of Alphabet until he stepped down from the position in 2019. However, he remained in the company as a board member and a controlling shareholder of Alphabet.

17. Jeff Bezos

Country: United States

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Jeff Bezos is the second-richest person on the planet right now. Until Elon Musk took over the title of the richest man, Jeff Bezos was the richest man for several years. Started with a small front-desk office, Jeff Bezos built an incredible empire of online shopping, Amazon, Inc. Jeff Bezos has a great influence on the public and is no doubt one of the most powerful people in the world.

18. Mark Zuckerberg

Country: United States

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There can’t be a person in the world who doesn’t know Mark Zuckerberg. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, we got the amazing social platform “Facebook” which is also the most used social media in the world. Mark Zuckerberg has achieved great success at an early age with his skills and ideas. He is the founder and CEO of Facebook and is also one of the most powerful people in the world with a lot of admirers worldwide.

19. Jamie Dimon

Country: United States

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Jamie Dimon is the CEO of JPMorganChase which is the world’s largest commercial company with assets worth $2.6 trillion. His ideas and methods that he put into the bank development and policies made him one of the first bank CEOs to become a billionaire. He is also known as the Wall Street rock star after the financial crisis he faced in the past. Despite all the difficulties, he overcame the problems and rose as a powerful man.

20. Larry Fink

Country: United States

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Larry Fink is an American businessman and is well-known as the master of risk analysis. Larry Fink is the CEO of a multinational investment management corporation named “BlackRock”. The BlackRock management corporation is the largest investment and asset management firm. His net worth as of 2021 is more than $1 billion. Larry Fink is undoubtedly one of the most powerful people in the United States.

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21. Li Ka-Shing

Country: China or People’s Republic of China

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Li Ka-Shing is the richest man in Hong Kong with a net worth of more than $21 billion. He is the founder and Chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings. Now, this company has expanded its wings in different fields such as manufacturing, real estate, technology, and telecommunications.

22.Sergey Brin

Country: United States

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Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and partner of Larry Page in founding Google. Sergey Brin is currently the CEO of Alphabet and is also co-founder of the company. Alphabet is reported to be earning $66 billion annual revenue. Sergey Brin is one of the most powerful people in the world right now.

23. Mario Draghi

Country: Italy

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Mario Draghi is another one of the most powerful people in the world. Mario Draghi became the Prime Minister of Italy on February 13, 2021. Draghi also served as the president of the European Central Bank from 2011 to 2019. He has worked a lot in the fast to better the GDP of the European countries. He has also inaugurated various schemes that are getting $64.2 billion per month to the European countries.

24. Jack Ma

Country: China or People’s Republic of China

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Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate and investor and is one of the most powerful people in the world. Jack Ma is considered to be the most powerful man in China as well. Ma is the co-founder of the world’s largest e-commerce business company, Alibaba Group. He also served as an executive chairman for Alibaba Group. Jack Ma ranked second in the “World’s 50 Great Leaders” by Fortune in 2017.

25. Rob and Jim Walton

Country: United States

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Rob and Jim Walton are the controlling shareholders and also board members of the world’s largest and most powerful retail corporation, Walmart. Walmart serves worldwide in a total of 28 countries with more than 11,400 stores around the world employing over 2.2 million people. This company makes a turnover of $486 billion per year and the worth of Rob and Jim Walton is nearly 60 billion.

26. Carlos Slim Helú

Country: Mexico

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Carlos Slim Helú is the wealthiest person in Mexico and is definitely one of the most powerful people in the world. He was also the richest man in the world from 2010 to 2013 according to Forbes. Carlos Slim Helú is the founder of America Movil and Grupo Carso. He earned the majority of his income with his self-developed company Grupo Carso.

27. Tim Cook

Country: United States

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Tim Cook is also one of the most powerful people in the world. Tim Cook runs the world’s largest technology company, Apple Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer. Apple company has taken more steps towards advancement and success since Tim Cook took it over. Apple has a revenue of $645 billion under Cook’s execution. In 2015, Cook launched Apple Music, which is now the largest audio streaming service.

28. Amancio Ortega

Country: Spain

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Amancio Ortega is the next person on our list of most powerful people in the world. Amancio Ortega is a Spanish businessman and is a billionaire but keeps his profile low. Ortega is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of more than $75 billion. He is the founder of the largest clothing brand in Spain, Inditex.

29. Dilma Rousseff

Country: Brazil

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Dilma Rousseff is the president of the largest Latin American country, Brazil. Dilma Rousseff has launched many public schemes and stipend schemes for the citizens of Brazil and has played a great role in fighting against the financial crisis in Brazil. Rousseff was also credited with eliminating extreme poverty in Brazil.

30. Wang Jianlin

Country: China

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Wang Jianlin holds his place in the list of most powerful people in the world. Jianlin is a Chinese billionaire businessman and investor. Wang Jianlin is the founder of China’s largest real-estate development company and the world’s largest movie theatre operator, Dalian Wanda Group. Jianlin is one of the self-made billionaires in the world.

31. King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud

Country: Saudi Arabia

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The king of Saudi Arabia has to be on the list of the most powerful people in the world. He holds command of the largest oil refineries located in Saudi Arabia. Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud took over the reign after the death of his half-brother. He is the 25th son of King Abdulaziz. Under his rule, a lot of rural areas are developed and flourished.

32. Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Country: Saudi Arabia

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Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. He is the son of the current king of Arab. He is currently working as the deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, Chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs, and Minister of Defense. He was the youngest person to take over the positions at his time.

33. Emmanuel Macron

Country: France

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Emmanuel Macron is the president of France and has been serving as the president since May 2017. He is the successor of Francois Hollande as the president. Emmanuel Macron is from a republican political party, La République En Marche !

34. Theresa May

Country: United Kingdom

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Theresa May is a must-have name on the list of the most powerful people in the world. Theresa May is a British politician and was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom till 2016. She also served as the Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016, and has been Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in Berkshire since 1997. Theresa May is one of the most powerful politicians of all time.

35. Li Keqiang

Country: China

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Li Keqiang is the Premier or informally known as Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China. He was also ranked second on the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party members. Li Keqiang was the 12th most powerful person according to Forbes in their list of the world’s most powerful people in 2015 and 2016.

36. Elon Musk

Country: United States

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When talking about the most powerful people in the world, the world’s richest man should be on the list for sure. Elon Musk is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $197 billion and is one of the most powerful people in the world. He is the founder of a privately held spacecraft company, SpaceX, and is also an investor and product architect of Tesla, Inc.

37. Kim Jong-un

Country: North Korea

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Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician who is serving as the Prime Minister of the country since 2011. He is the leader of the North Korean political party, the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since 2012. Kim Jong-un is the third supreme leader of the country and the second child of Kim Jong-il, the second supremer leader of North Korea.

38. Satya Nadella

Country: American

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Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive. Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft Corporation and holds the power of the largest software development company. He became the CEO of Microsoft Corp in 2014. He served as the executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group holding the responsibility of building and running the company’s computing platforms.

39. Ali Hosseini Khamenei

Country: Iran

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Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei is a Twelver Shia Marja’ and the current supreme leader of Iran. He is the second supreme leader of Iran and has been serving since 1989. Khamenei was also the President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Khamenei strongly opposes western culture and is an open enemy of Israel and the US.

40. Michael Bloomberg

Country: United States

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Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, and author. He is the founder of a privately held financial, software, data, and media company, Bloomberg L.P. Michael Bloomberg was also a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

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41. Moon Jae-in

Country: South Korea

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Moon Jae-in is the president of one of the most powerful countries, South Korea. He has been serving as the president of the country since 2017 after Park Geun Hye. Moon Jae-in is also the commander-in-chief of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Jae-in served as the chief of staff to the former president Roh Moo-hyun.

42. Steve Schwarzman

Country: United States

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Steve Schwarzman is an American businessman and investor. Steve Schwarzman is the founder and CEO of one of the largest investment management companies which is The Blackstone Group. He is the commander of a $334 billion asset company.

43. Ginni Rometty

Country: United States

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Ginni Rometty is an American business executive. Ginni Rometty is one of the most powerful people in the world. She served as the chairman of IBM and changed the whole look and fortune of the company. She invested a $4 billion revenue which later earned the company $40 billion. She stepped down as the CEO of IBM in April 2020.

44. Jay Z and Beyonce

Country: United States

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Jay Z and Beyonce are not the power couple of the US only for the name. Beyonce is a singer and Jay Z is a rapper and entrepreneur. This couple has earned a great place in the music industry and earned a net worth of $950 million till now. Jay Z and Beyonce are also the highest-earning music collaborators.

45. Robin Li

Country: China or People’s Republic of China

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Robin Li is the co-founder of the CEO of Baidu, China’s own search engine. He holds the commands of the three large companies of China, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Robin Li is also one of the richest people in China with a net worth of $6 billion. He is also keen on developing Baidu by investing in several organizations. Robin Li is one of the deserving to be on the list of the most powerful people in the world.

46. Benjamin Netanyahu

Country: Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician. He is currently the prime minister of Isreal and has been serving since 2009. He was also the prime minister of Isreal in the past from 1996 to 1999. Benjamin Netanyahu is the chairman of the Israeli political party, Likud – National Liberal Movement. He holds the power of the country’s politics and is one of the most powerful people in the world.

47. Sheldon Adelson

Country: United States

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Sheldon Adelson is the CEO and Chairman of the largest casino company, Las Vegas Sands Corp. He is also known as a casino magnate and earns millions of turnover with the Las Vegas Sands. Sheldon Adelson is the owner of 13 private jets. He is also a republican party member and has a net worth of $25 billion. Sheldon Adelson is also considered one of the most powerful people in the world.

48. Mukesh Ambani

Country: India

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Mukesh Ambani might be the fewest of Asians who are the most powerful people in the world. Mukesh Ambani is Asia’s richest man and Chairman, Managing director of Reliance Industries. Ambani earns more than $60 billion from his businesses in textiles, petrochemical, natural resources, and retails. He has taken a step forward in the field of telecommunication with Reliance Jio.

49. Joaquin El Chapo Guzman

Country: Mexico

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Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is one of the most powerful people in the world. Joaquin is a Mexican gangster and is one of the powerful drug lords. Officially, he has a net worth of $1.1 billion which he earned from supplying drugs to different countries. But, it is reported that his net worth can be up to $3 billion. Joaquin was also involved in the import of 180.000 kgs of cocaine in the US.

50. Rupert Murdoch

Country: Australia

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Rupert Murdoch is definitely one of the most powerful people in the world. He is the founder of News Corp. Through News Corp, he founded many other successful and big companies like Fox News, Sky News, 21st Century Fox, etc. He stepped down as the CEO of 21st Century Fox last year. Rupert Murdoch has a net worth of $13 billion as of 2021.

FAQs

Who are the most powerful people in the world?
The 10 most powerful people in the world right now are:

  1. Xi Jinping
  2. Vladimir Putin
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Angela Merkel
  5. Narendra Modi
  6. Warren Buffet
  7. Pope Francis
  8. Charles and David Koch
  9. Janet Yellen
  10. Bill Gates
Who is the most famous person in the world?
Barack Obama is the most famous person in the world. He is the former president of the United States and played a large role in developing the country.
Who are the most powerful people in the world in 2021?
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping, and Barack Obama are considered the most powerful people in the world.
Who is the most followed person in the world?
Christiano Ronaldo is the most followed person in the world. He has more than 272 million followers on Instagram.
What makes a person powerful in his field?
The ability of a person to leave a positive mark of works in his field with his ideas, thoughts, wealth, and doing something remarkable in his works makes a person powerful. 

Conclusion

The most powerful people in the world have been listed in this post. We have given the details of the 50 most powerful people in the world in 2021. Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, etc, are the most powerful people in the world. If you liked this information, share it with your friends. For more related posts, visit the TechRulz website. Thank you for reading.

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