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Top 50 global personalities with an outstanding commitment to diversity

Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been named alongside his holiness the Dalai Lama , Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai in an inaugural “top 50 diversity figures in public life – global diversity list,” the list supported by the Economist magazine.

Others in the list of individuals with an outstanding commitment to diversity includes the likes of  Sheryl Sandberg , Christine Amanpour, Caitlyn Jenner, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, and Hilary Clinton.

Christine AmanpourChief International, Correspondent for CNNUSA
Chris AndersonCreator of TEDUK
Mariela BaevaWriter and Former MEPBulgaria
Andre BanksCo-Founder and Executive Director, All OutUSA
Caitlyn JennerOlympic Gold MedalistUSA
Angelina JolieActress, Filmmaker, HumanitarianUSA
Prince HenryHis Royal Highness Prince Henry of WalesUK
Maria Aparecida da Silva BentoCampaigner, CEERTBrazil
Elizabeth BroderickSex Discrimination CommissionerAustralia
Sonia Brown MBEFounder and Director National Black Women's NetworkUK
Trevor ChandlerHuman Rights CampaignerUSA
Mai ChenManaging Partner, Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law SpecialistsNew Zealand
Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State, PoliticianUSA
Ambassador Ruth Davis24th Director General, United States Foreign ServiceUSA
Bill GatesCo-founder MicrosoftUSA
Right Honourable Harriet Harman QC Lawyer and Labour Party PoliticianUK
Dalai LamaHis Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of TibetIndia
Arden HoffmanVP and Global Head of HR, DropboxUSA
Dr Freeman HrabowkiPresident, University of Maryland Baltimore CountyUSA
Jesse JacksonCivil Rights Activist Baptist Minister & PoliticianUSA
Rabina KhanCouncillor, Tower HamletsUK
Teresa KoChina Chairman and Founding Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLPChina
Javier Torres-Goitia Torres MDHealthcare SpecialistBolivia
Luis LarrainPresident, Fundacion IgualesChile
Richard LuiJournalist and News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC NewsUSA
DeRay MckessonLeader, We The ProtestorsUSA
Purnima MehtaDirector General, American Institute of Indian StudiesIndia
Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaUnited Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN WomenSouth Africa
Michelle ObamaLawyer, Writer, First LadyUSA
Barack ObamaUS PresidentUSA
Hon. Donald H Oliver, Q.CRetired Senator and LawyerCanada
Ratna OmidvarFounding Executive Director, GDXCanada
Dr Bindeshwar PathakFounder, Sulabh InternationalIndia
Rev. Gary Patterson41st Moderator, United Church of CanadaCanada
Queen Noor of JordanQueenJordan
Gwen RhysCEO, Women in the CityUK
Dr. E. Thomas RoweCreator, International Career Advancement ProgramUSA
Sheryl SandbergCEO, FacebookUSA
Ivan ScalfarottoPolitican & ActivistItaly
Debra Searle MVO, MBE Expert, Diversity and InclusionUK
llen Johnson SirleafPresident, Republic of LiberiaLiberia
Dr. Paula ThaqiDirector, Florida Department of HealthUSA
Andreas WiesandExecutive Director, European Institute for Comparative Cultural ResearchGermany
Conchita WurstWinner of the 2014 Eurovision Song ContestAustria
Jean WyllysLecturer, Journalist & PoliticianBrazil
Malala YousufzaiActivist for Female Education, Nobel Prize LaureatePakistan
Prof. Dr. Mohammed YunusBanker to the PoorBangladesh
Jose Luis Rodriguez ZapateroFormer Prime MinsterSpain
Jacki ZehnerCEO, Women Moving MillionsUSA

*Note: Nominated for by readers of the magazine, several thousand entries were received from around the world for this first-ever analysis. It was ratified by an independent panel of experts including Google’s former head of diversity Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe. The list has been welcomed by global corporate giants with many of them becoming founding partners. Companies including Standard Chartered, Barclays, KPMG, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, WorldPay, UBS and AT Kearney have joined this elite group.


Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.