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
|#3||Donald Trump||United States||71|
|#6||Pope Francis||Roman Catholic Church||81|
|#7||Bill Gates||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||62|
|#8||Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud||Saudi Arabia||32|
|#11||Jerome H. Powell||United States||65|
|#14||Theresa May||United Kingdom||61|
|#16||Warren Buffett||Berkshire Hathaway||87|
|#18||Mario Draghi||European Central Bank||70|
|#19||Jamie Dimon||JPMorgan Chase||62|
|#20||Carlos Slim Helu||America Movil SAB de CV (ADR)||78|