List Of The Top 100 Global Thinkers Making A Difference In The World: 2014 FP Edition

Vladimir Putin

As year-end approaches, the time has come for 2014’s end-of-the-year lists, and Foreign Policy Magazine has come out with its annual list of the people making a difference in the world, “100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.”

According to the magazine, this year’s list actually includes 131 individuals (or organizations), and sadly, only 51 of them are women, about 39 percent.

It would seem arbitrary, arguable, but not a bad overview to the news of the world this past year.

“Each year, our list of leading Global Thinkers spotlights those who have translated their ideas into actions, impacting millions worldwide,” said David Rothkopf, editor and CEO of The FP Group. The list, recognizes a year of “tumult, protest, inspiration, and new beginnings” to quote the magazine’s editors.

Take a look at Foreign Policy’s full list of the top 100 global thinkers who have made measurable difference and are pushing the boundaries of the possible – divided into 10 categories:

Vladimir Putin

A) Agitators

1. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
2. Vladimir Putin
3. Alexander Dugin
4. Abubakar Shekau
5. Alexander Borodai
6. Hajjaj al-Ajmi
7. Abd al-Rahman Khalaf al-Anizi
8. Jihadi John

Narendra Modi

B) Decision-Makers

1. Narendra Modi
2. Angela Merkel
3. Amit Shah
4. Hassan Rouhani
5. Luis Videgaray
6. Catherine Samba-Panza
7. Aydan Özoguz
8. Luis Almagro
9. José Mujica
10. Matteo Renzi

C) Challengers

1. Benny Tai
2. Joshua Wong
3. Tetyana Chornovol
4. Thomas Piketty
5. Oriol Junqueras
6. Alex Salmond
7. Marine Le Pen
8. The Female Fighters of Kurdistan
9. Anat Admati
10. Benjamin Lawsky
11. Leopoldo López
12. Thuli Madonsela
13. Suthep Thaugsuban
14. Kara Swisher
15. Houcine Abassi

D) Naturals

1. Akira Miyawaki
2. Ruth Buendía
3. Katharine Hayhoe
4. Partha Dasgupta
5. Veerabhadran Ramanathan
6. Ioane Teitiota
7. John Kovac
8. Sonja Heikkilä
9. Aleta Baun

E) Innovators

1. Mylswamy Annadurai
2. Janet Iwasa
3. Jennifer Lewis
4. Emmanuelle Charpentier
5. Jennifer Doudna
6. Boaz Barak
7. Alexander Glaser
8. Robert Goldston
9. Florent Boudoire
10. Artur Braun
11. Edwin Constable
12. Jakob Heier
13. Rita Toth
14. Palmer Luckey
15. Thierry N’Doufou
16. Christina Watson
17. Elizabeth Holmes
18. Steven Mollenkopf
19. Arye Kohavi
20. Mike Janke
21. Phil Zimmermann

F) Advocates

1. Hanna Hopko
2. Rami Abdul Rahman
3. Hagai El-Ad
4. Zainab Bangura
5. Bernard Kinvi
6. Patrick Nainangue
7. Lena Klimova
8. Yevgeny Vitishko
9. Iris Yassmín Barrios Aguilar
10. Ilham Tohti
11. Biram Dah Abeid
12. Wendy Young
13. Gloria Amparo
14. Maritza Asprilla Cruz
15. Mery Medina
16. Xiao Meili

G) Chroniclers

1. Shubhranshu Choudhary
2. Elena Ferrante
3. Hajooj Kuka
4. Michael Lewis
5. Cristina De Middel
6. Roberto Trotta
7. Binyavanga Wainaina
8. Maryam Mirzakhani
9. John Oliver
10. Jennifer Eberhardt
11. Padmini Prakash
12. Siân Evans
13. Dorothy Howard
14. Richard Knipel
15. Jacqueline Mabey
16. Michael Mandiberg
17. Laurel Ptak
18. Farah Baker

H) Healers

1. Josephine Finda Sellu
2. Kevin Whaley
3. Larry Zeitlin
4. Kathryn Hunt
5. Tanya Luhrmann
6. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
7. Deepak Kapur
8. John Rother
9. Michael Sofia
10. Weng Kung Peng
11. Brian Grimberg
12. John Lewandowski
13. Sangeeta Bhatia

I) Artists

1. Kara Walker
2. Maymanah Farhat
3. Mohannad Orabi
4. Jason deCaires Taylor
5. Alexander Ponomarev
6. Nadim Samman
7. Rithy Panh
8. Sam Hopkins
9. Kiluanji Kia Henda
10. Camille Henrot
11. Silver X
12. Anila Rubiku
13. Shamsia Hassani
14. Hong Sung-dam
15. Shigeru Ban

Jack Ma Yun

J) Moguls

1. Jack Ma
2. Gennady Timchenko
3. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
4. Lei Jun
5. Arundhati Bhattacharya
6. Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud
7. Jay Flatley
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Age:

  • 10 – 19:  2% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 20 – 29: 8% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 30 – 39: 19% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 40 – 49: 33% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 50 – 59: 21% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 60 – 69: 12% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 70 – 79: 3% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • 80 – 89: 2% of 2014 Global thinkers

Birthplace:

  • North America: 28 (24% of 2014 Global thinkers)
  • South America: 7 (6% of 2014 Global thinkers)
  • Africa: 13 (11% of 2014 Global thinkers)
  • Europe: 31 (27% of 2014 Global thinkers)
  • Asia: 37 (32% of 2014 Global thinkers)

Profession:

  • Terrorism: 4% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Activism: 21% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Arts: 19% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Business: 12% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Government: 18% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Religion: 1% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Science: 18% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Academic: 8% of 2014 Global thinkers
  • Media: 4% of 2014 Global thinkers
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