10. David Guetta
Pierre David Guetta (born 7 November 1967) is a French DJ, record producer, remixer, and songwriter. He co-founded Gum Productions with Lisa Dodgson and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007).
Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles „When Love Takes Over”, „Gettin’ Over You”, „Sexy Bitch”, and „Memories”, the first three of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles „Where Them Girls At”, „Little Bad Girl”, „Without You”, „Titanium”, and „Turn Me On”. He is among the first DJs to get into the EDM scene and is known as the „Grandfather of EDM”.
Guetta has sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. In 2011 Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the ‚DJ Mag Top 100 DJs’ fan poll.
In 2013, Billboard crowned „When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time
9. Oprah Winfrey
Orpah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954), better known as Oprah Winfrey, is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the „Queen of All Media”,she has been ranked the richest African-American,the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.
8. Tsai Ing-Wen
Tsai captured headlines in December with a phone call to then-President-elect Trump, the first between U.S. and Taiwanese leaders since 1979. It was a bold move for Taiwan’s first female President, who’s steering a cautious path between the U.S. and China. Tsai is sympathetic to independence; when Beijing tried to punish Taiwan after her January 2016 election by restricting its citizens’ visits, she wooed Southeast Asian travelers to spark a tourism boom. She is also pushing economic reforms, including shortening the workweek to five days from six.
7. Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman (born March 7, 1946) is an author, psychologist, and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, reporting on the brain and behavioral sciences. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, and a best-seller in many countries, in print worldwide in 40 languages. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis, and the Dalai Lama’s vision for the future.
6. Tony Robbins
Anthony „Tony” Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavoric; February 29, 1960) is an American motivational speaker, businessman, and author. He is known for his infomercials, self-help tapes, seminars, and books including Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. He has also been featured in a TED conference, Business Insider, and Inc. magazine
In 2007, he was named in Forbes magazine’s „Celebrity 100” list, earning an estimated $30 million annually.
5. Jeff Bezos
It’s no exaggeration to say that Bezos has revolutionized not one but two industries. Amazon.com, which accounted for 43% of online sales in the U.S. last year, put the fear of God into retailers, pushing them to sell more cheaply and deliver more quickly. And Amazon Web Services, his cloud-computing arm, has upended the economics of information technology. Entertainment could be the next industry to be Bezos’d: This year Amazon Studios scored three Academy Awards, showing its growing muscle in content delivery.
4. Jarosław Kaczyński
Jarosław Aleksander Kaczyński ; born 18 June 1949) is a Polish conservative politician and lawyer.
He cofounded in 2001 and currently chairs the right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS by its Polish acronym). Running for PiS, he served as Prime Minister of Poland from July 2006 to November 2007.
Kaczyński has a Doctor of Law degree. He is the identical twin brother of the late Polish President Lech Kaczyński. After the 2007 electoral defeat of PiS, Kaczyński was the leader of the main opposition party to Platforma Obywatelska’s governments.
He ran against Bronisław Komorowski in the Polish presidential election on 20 June 2010,which was called following the death of Lech Kaczyński. Kaczyński announced his candidacy, replacing his recently deceased brother. He lost to then acting president Komorowski.
Despite formally not heading the PiS candidature for either, Kaczyński is widely considered the mastermind behind the PiS victories in both the 2015 presidential and 2015 parliamentary elections. Even though he does not serve as either prime minister or president, and is formally just one of the 460 MPs in the Polish parliament, he is seen by some as de facto leader and the most powerful man in Poland.
Kaczyński is considered one of the most influential leaders in European Union. In 2016, he was named no. 4 among 28 people who are shaping, shaking and stirring Europe according to Politico. In stark contrast with the one of other Polish cabinets, Kaczyński’s political style has been typically uncompromising and so he is often labelled as a „divisive” or „polarizing” figure.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Facebook, and currently operates as its chairman and chief executive officer.His net worth is estimated to be US$63.3 billion as of May 2017, and he is ranked by Forbes as the fifth richest person in the world.
Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dormitory room on February 4, 2004. He was assisted by his college roommates and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The group then introduced Facebook to other college campuses. Facebook expanded rapidly, reaching one billion users by 2012. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes brought by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook.
In December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced that over the course of their lives they would give the majority of their wealth to „advancing human potential and promoting equality” in the spirit of The Giving Pledge. On December 1, 2015, they announced they would eventually give 99 percent of their Facebook shares (worth about US$45 billion at the time) to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award. In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People. According to Forbes Magazine, Zuckerberg has a net worth of US$63.3 billion as of May 2017.
2. Pope Francis
As he begins the fifth year of his papacy, the first Latin American pope continues to inspire and surprise as he reconciles the conflicting demands of traditionalism and modernity within the Catholic faith. Last spring, in a publication titled Amoris Laetitia, he nudged the church hierarchy to become more welcoming to divorced Catholics and LGBT worshippers. And earlier this year he took aim at a millennium-old tradition of clerical celibacy by urging the church to consider allowing viri probati, or “tested” married men, to become priests, to help alleviate a worldwide shortage of Catholic clergy.
But beyond his church’s walls, it’s the pope’s critique of capitalism without conscience that ensures his enduring influence. In December at a gathering of CEOs convened by Fortune and Time at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on business leaders to do more to reach the billions of people shut out from the fruits of the global economy. “Give them a voice, listen to their stories, learn from their experiences, and understand their needs,” the pope urged his audience, backing up his challenge with a moral authority that virtually no other leader can wield.
“I’m in awe of the way Pope Francis has used his powerful role to spread a message of unconditional love, forgiveness, humanity, and humility.” —Arianna Huffington, Founder, Thrive Global
1. Donald Trump
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.
Trump was born in Queens, New York City and earned an economics degree from the Wharton School. For 45 years, he managed The Trump Organization, the real estate development firm founded by his paternal grandmother. His career focused on building or renovating office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He started several side ventures and branded various products with his name. He produced and hosted The Apprentice television show for 12 years. As of 2017, he was the 544th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion.
Trump had long expressed interest in politics; he eventually entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen opponents in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. His campaign received extensive free media coverage; many of his public statements were controversial or false. Trump won the general election on November 8, 2016, in a surprise victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He became the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth to have won the election despite losing the popular vote. His election and policies sparked numerous protests. Russia attempted to influence the election results to favor Trump.
In the first months of his presidency, Trump reversed several policies of former President Barack Obama, withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement, undoing parts of the Cuban Thaw, and urging Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He ordered a travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, but several federal courts issued preliminary injunctions preventing its implementation. After Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate coordination between the Russian Government and the Trump campaign and any matters that arise from that investigation.