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Guess Who Made The Fortune’s List Of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, 2017

Surpassing Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates and even the Pope Francis, Fortune Magazine named Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein the world’s greatest leader.

After Jeff Bezos, other notables in the top 10 include Film Director Ava Duvernay (No. 6), National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (No. 7), Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan, comes in at No. 8; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at No. 9, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 10).

Melinda Gates is the top ranked woman to make the list, coming in 4th — “Where’s Bill?”

Bill Gates is nowhere on the list.

Rounding out the top 15 are LeBron James, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Katharine Hayhoe.

Guess Who Made The Fortune’s List Of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, 2017

  1. Theo Epstein, President, Chicago Cubs
  2. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group
  3. Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church
  4. Melinda Gates, Cochair Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5. Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon
  6. Ava DuVernay, Film Director and Screenwriter
  7. H.R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Adviser
  8. Tsai Ing-Wen, President, Taiwan
  9. John McCain, U.S Senator
  10. Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany
  11. LeBron James, Small Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
  12. John Kasich, Governor Ohio
  13. John Delaney, U.S. Representative, Maryland
  14. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO, Save the Children International
  15. Katharine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center, TexasTech
  16. Bryan Stevenso, nExecutive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  17. Janet Yellen, Chair, Federal Reserve
  18. Brian Chesky, CEO and Head of Community, Airbnb
  19. Samantha Bee, Host and Executive Producer, “Full Frontal”
  20. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
  21. John Roberts, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  22. Janeé Harteau, Chief of Police, Minneapolis
  23. Joe Biden, Former U.S. Vice President
  24. Zhang Ruimin, CEO, Haier Group
  25. Carmen Aristegui, Host and Reporter, Aristegui Noticias
  26. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India
  27. Shakira, Singer, Songwriter and Producer
  28. Raj Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health
  29. Svetlana Gannushkina, Founder, Citizens Assistance Committee
  30. Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla and SpaceX
  31. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada
  32. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Professor, Rice University
  33. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet Wireless Group
  34. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, and Carmen Perez, National Cochairs, The Women’s March on Washington
  35. Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso
  36. Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of Happiness, United Arab Emirates
  37. Fazle Abed, CEO, BRAC
  38. Haruno Yoshida, President, BT Japan
  39. Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase
  40. Yuri Milner, Founder, DST Global
  41. Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  42. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist and Essayist
  43. Marc Benioff, CEO and Chairman, Salesforce
  44. Frank Mugisha, Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda
  45. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President, Lithuania
  46. Chance the Rapper, Musician and Activist
  47. Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media
  48. Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London
  49. Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, CEO, Intercorp
  50. Lisa Su, CEO Advanced Micro Devices


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.