YoungDiplomats decided to publish the list of the 10 most powerful man according to Forbes.
Most of the people on the list are from governments or related to policy. Nevertheless, two of them are strictly tied with business and Bill Gates remains, albeit farly, connected with business. The geopolitical equilibrium of the 21st century is complex. The classical power of nation-States is eroded by big companies and religious people. Islam doesn’t have a centralistic way of functioning. If it had, the leader of Islam would have a place in that list. The downing influence of States is the first element that we have to put the light on.
Besides, year after year, the influence of the US seems to go downward. Although the US remains by far the first military and economical power its ability to influence and affect the whole world. The recent decision taken by the US to withdraw its troop is once again iconic. On the paramount Syrian field, the US withdrew its military assets. One could argue that this was a Trump decision. It doesn’t matter because History will primarily retain the consequence and the trend.
Finally, the rise of China is confirmed as well as the resurgence of Russia. The world seems to appear as more and more poly-centric. To a lesser extent, India is proving that it belongs to the greatest power. Europeans could be proud of Angela Merkel. But it is likely that she’ll leave this ranking in the years to come. This woman is facing more and more ennemies and a split occurred between her and a part of the country.
|1||Xi Jinping||General Secretary, Communist Party of China||China||Government & Policy|
|2||Vladimir Putin||President, Russia||Russia||Government & Policy|
|3||Donald Trump||President, United States||United States||Government & Policy|
|4||Angela Merkel||Chancellor, Germany||Germany||Government & Policy|
|5||Jeff Bezos||Founder & CEO, Amazon||United States||Business|
|6||Pope Francis||Pope, Roman Catholic Church||Vatican City||Philanthropy & Religion|
|7||Bill Gates||Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||United States||Philanthropy & Religion|
|8||Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud||Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||Government & Policy|
|9||Narendra Modi||Prime Minister, India||India||Government & Policy|
|10||Larry Page||Cofounder & CEO, Alphabet||United States||Business|