Chinese President, Xi Jinping, Emerges World’s Most Powerful Man

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has been named the World’s Most Powerful Person according to the 2018 Forbes The World’s 75 Most Powerful People ranking released Tuesday.

Xi, 64, has so tightened his grip on China that the Peoples Congress amended its constitution in March to eliminate term limits and give him life presidency.

Little known outside of China just a few years ago, Xi has emerged as the most powerful leader of the world’s most populous nation since Chairman Mao Zedong.

But while Mao’s China was largely chaotic, Xi’s is driving the engine of global growth and spreading its tentacles from Asia to Latin America.

He displaced Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who has been relegated to second place, with tough-talking U.S. president Donald Trump falling 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.

Businessman and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote is the only Nigerian on the list at no 66, while Fifa president, Gianni Infantino comes in at no 75.

See the top 20 below

RankNameOrganizationAge
#1Xi JinpingChina64
#2Vladimir PutinRussia65
#3Donald TrumpUnited States71
#4Angela MerkelGermany63
#5Jeff BezosAmazon.com54
#6Pope FrancisRoman Catholic Church81
#7Bill GatesBill & Melinda Gates Foundation62
#8Mohammed bin Salman Al SaudSaudi Arabia32
#9Narendra ModiIndia67
#10Larry PageGoogle45
#11Jerome H. PowellUnited States65
#12Emmanuel MacronFrance40
#13Mark ZuckerbergFacebook33
#14Theresa MayUnited Kingdom61
#15Li KeqiangChina62
#16Warren BuffettBerkshire Hathaway87
#17Ali Hoseini-KhameneiIran78
#18Mario DraghiEuropean Central Bank70
#19Jamie DimonJPMorgan Chase62
#20Carlos Slim HeluAmerica Movil SAB de CV (ADR)78

 

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