In the past few years, there have been several personalities across the world who have made their mark by their influential leadership and leading their countries towards becoming superpowers. Here is a list of such 5 influential world leaders.
Top 5 Influential World Leaders
1) Vladimir Putin – President of Russia
Yeltsin resigned as president in 1999, appointing Putin acting president until official elections were held (in early 2000). He was elected again in 2004. In April 2005 he made a historic visit to Israel for discussions with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the first visit there by any Kremlin leader.
Approval ratings for Putin reached a high in October 2017 at 89.9%. Putin is determined to resurrect Russia as a superpower after seizing Crimea last year in the wake of the Ukrainian Revolution. He has supported a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine and also launched a military operation to support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Unlike with most Western heads of state, Putin's control over Russia is subject to few constitutional checks and balances. He definitely stands out as one of the most influential world leaders.
2) Xi Jinping – President of the People's Republic of China
A consummate political chess player who has created an enigmatic strongman image, the leader of the ruling Chinese Communist Party has rapidly consolidated power, having his ideas mentioned by name in the constitution – an honour that he shares only with Mao Zedong until now.
Xi Jinping, the general secretary of China’s Communist Party, has been labelled by many the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. You can't ignore the position he has secured in just three years since becoming president of the world’s largest country. He clearly is one of the most influential world leaders, Xi holds at least 10 titles governing the world superpower (some of which he created), overseeing everything from the military and the internet to the economy.
3) Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a strong leader in Europe having three terms in office under her belt. Though she has faced plenty of challenges throughout her tenure but came out on top every time. She held the eurozone together during the financial collapse and global recession. With the leadership in her hands, Germany stands above the rest of Europe with a strong economy and a low unemployment rate, making her one of the most influential world leaders.
4) Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is introducing various initiatives to improve the lives of the 1.2 billion people who make up the world’s largest democracy. In May 2017, he announced plans to modernize the government and business sectors by implementing a uniform sales tax, (GST) and boosting foreign direct investment to India. According to him, tech innovation holds the key in lifting India out of poverty.
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5) Pope Francis – Vatican City
Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina became Pope Francis in March 2013 and was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first ever pope from the Americas, took his title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. He formerly served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and also as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005-2011.