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The old adage is that money is power. That’s still true, but data’s definitely giving money… well, a run for its money. And there’s no-one who gets more power from your data than Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook collects a dizzying amount of data on you, including your interests, your browsing history, your location and even your phone contacts. That means the Zuck’s data collection usage can have major implications for the public. For example, mishandling of the data that Facebook apps could access meant that 50 million people’s profiles were used for voter influence purposes in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Additionally, Zuckerberg’s decisions on Facebook’s content sharing algorithm has a major impact on how the average person consumes news. According to the Reuters Institute, 51% of people use social media for news, meaning Facebook might affect the lens you see current affairs through.
Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
You might not have heard of this guy, but that’s okay. He was pretty much unknown outside of his native Saudi Arabia until 2017, when he was appointed Crown Prince at just 32 years old. That’s traditionally the second highest position after the King, but Al Saud, better known as MBS, has consolidated his own power to the point that he’s been called the “power behind the throne. ”That included an anti-corruption drive, called a “purge” by some, which seized so much money from Saudi billionaires that it knocked ten of them off the Forbes Rich List.
You might be wondering why that’s a sign of global power, and that’s because Saudi Arabia is the largest oil exporter at a whopping 17% of the world’s total. That’s not to mention it’s close ties with the west on foreign policy, its role in middle eastern international relations and the war on terror.
Purely by the numbers, Charles Koch is the 8th richest man on the planet, with a net worth of $60 billion. That comes from being one of the owners of Koch Industries, the second largest private company in America with an annual revenue of $100 billion. That kind of wealth garners a certain level of power on its own, but Koch, along with his brother David until recently, put it to use to wade into US politics.
And by wade, I mean doing underwater somersaults in the deep end. Since the 1980s, the Koch brothers have pushed for libertarian policies, having created multiple think tanks and organisations including Freedom Works, Freedom Partners and the Cato Institute. Since then, they have pushed their influence further by supporting the GOP monetarily, including a budget of $400 million in the 2018 midterm cycle and $900 million in the 2016 election. That’s more than the spending of both parties combined, yikes.
When it comes to tech, there aren’t many people with fingers in more pies than LarryPage, co-founder of Google and CEO of it’s now-parent company, Alphabet. That means he has the final say over the most popular website in the world, as well as the second, which just happens to be hosting this very video. But it’s not just searching and watching, Page has been called one of the most ambitious CEOs in the world thanks to his massive investment portfolio.
He owns or holds stock in everything from Android and Double Click to Deep mind and 23 and me. That’s not to mention Google X, which is working everything from internet balloonsand geotech to nano particles that detect disease in the blood. So not only is he a giant incurrent tech, he could be behind some of the tech that defines the future.
Most of this list is about tech innovation or political influence, but Bob Iger’s power sits largely in the pop culture sphere. In fact, if you like. . . well, anything, there’s a good chance Iger owns some of it. Since becoming Walt Disney Company CEO in 2005, Iger has overseen some of the most well-known properties around, like Pixar, Disney and ABC, and that’s not to mention more recent acquisitions like Marvel, Lucas film and Fox. So whether it’s Star Wars, The Incredibles or Dancing with the Stars, Iger’s made his mark. Some critics of Disney’s practices have even accused them of monopolizing the entertainment industry. Iger’s power and cultural influence even led to talk of a 2020 presidential run, which he acknowledged himself. But, he did later step back on his political ambitions when the Fox merger deal was sealed earlier this year.
From his humble-ish beginnings as a KGB agent in 1975, Putin became Russia’s second ever democratically elected president in 2000 after Boris Yeltsin’s abrupt resignation. The underdressed overseer has served as the defacto leader ever since, only stopping due to consecutive term limits, sharing power with Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister instead. And in that time he sky rocketed both Russia’s economy and his own political standing. He’s consolidated his power and pursued aggressive foreign policies like cyber warfare with the west and real warfare with Chechnya and Ukraine. But according to political writer and CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria, Putin’s power is unlike any other Russian leader. In his view, if either a Tsar or a Communist Party General Secretary left office, there would be systems in place for continuation of power. But for Putin, who is often toutedas a dictator, no one knows what would happen if his grasp on Russia ended.
Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy, which is a big deal just on its own. But it’s also considered the de facto leader of the EU, which is the second largest combined,as well as the bridge between the east and west. And that power rests in the weirdly positioned hands of Angela Merkel. A lot of Merkel’s power comes from being a stable leader in an increasingly unstable world. She’s been democratically elected in 4 consecutive terms since 2005, and in that time she’s weathered a financial crisis, Brexit and just about scraped back into power through Germany’s ongoing migration crisis. And in the wake of the Trump presidency, many in the media have dubbed Merkel the new “leader of the free world”. That’s partly because of that stability and partly due to pulling out of global arrangements like the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement.
This one’s pretty simple on its face. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $137 billion, and he owns Amazon, which is the second most profitable company on the planet behind apple. It’s not hard to see how that translates to power, but it doesn’t just stop at wealth. Bezos owns assets not just across the digital world, but the physical world too. That includes Amazon, Twitch, Whole Foods and Blue Origin, the commercial space program. He even bought the Washington Post in 2013, which he took from failing to thriving in just 3 years. Not only that, but Amazon rents web serves to everyone from Netflix to Tumblr. Combine that with the fact that it sells more than most brick and mortar stores combined, and you have some accusing Bezos of running a merchant monopoly. If that’s not power, I don’t know what is.
Xi Jin Ping
As the world’s second largest economy in GDP and first in Purchasing Power, China is undoubtedly one of the most powerful countries in the world. So naturally that means its leader would hold an essential place on the world stage. But for Xi Jin Ping, it doesn’t stop there. From his checkered past as the son of a purged revolutionary, Xi rose through the Chinese Communist party after joining in 1974, eventually becoming president in 2012.
Since then, the Chinese premier consolidated power in a way unseen since Mao. He carried out a massive anti-corruption campaign which saw 1. 34 million officials disciplined over 5 years. He even removed the presidential term limit, meaning he could lead indefinitely. More recently, he spoke at the annual Boao forum about globalizing China’s economy and exerting greater influence abroad, which some claim is an attempt to fill the global leadership vacuum caused by turmoil in American politics.
If there’s one person that’s guaranteed to be on this list, it’s the US President- and right now it’s Donald Trump, as if you didn’t know that already. Whatever your views, Trump has power over some of the most important aspects of domestic and global politics. That includes trade, security and the war on terror.
Speaking of which, he’s the Commander of Chief of the US Army, the world’s most powerful military with 35% of total global expenditure. However, many media pundits have claimed Trump has lessened or even abdicated America’s role as “leader of the free world” over matters like Russia and with drawing from the UN Human Rights Council. But politics aside, Trump might be the most talked about man on the planet. He dominates the news agenda at least, and according to Mashable, he’s the most tweeted about world leader – even though Obama has the most liked Tweet. Sorry Donnie.
That was the 10 most powerful people in the world. Who do you think could overtake them?