Every year Forbes publishes a list of nearly 80 people who make the world turn. The annual list is made up of presidents, prime ministers, CEOs, spiritual leaders, and the world's richest people. This year's edition includes the new president of the U.S., Donald Trump, who was ranked the second most powerful person on the planet, right after Vladimir Putin, who tops the list since 2015. In today's viz, we share the most recent results and some of the underlying data behind the rankings.
- Power over people. Or, the ability to influence the humans' lives. This power dimension is inherent to the position of a president, ruling over a country with millions of inhabitants. Spiritual leaders have a similar inherent ability to influence the million and even billions of believers of a given faith.
- Financial resources. This dimension includes candidates’ control over financial resources, such as a countries' GDP in the case of heads of state and corporate assets and revenues controlled by heads of corporations.
- Participation in multiple spheres. Exerting influence across multiple areas—geography, industry, and the like—further distinguishes among the candidates.
- Active use of resources. It is not enough to possess or control vast resources. To rank among the most powerful, Forbes’ examines how effectively an individual exercises those resources.