Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders in the World are Not Who You’d Expect


Three months into 2015, our hard-working and observant colleagues at Fortune have already compiled and arranged a roster of the year’s exceptional for us to peer over, deeming them the “World’s Greatest 50 Leaders.”

With Apple CEO Tim Cook beating out the Pope and Taylor Swift trailing just a little behind, Fortune’s “The World’s Greatest 50 Leaders” is an eyebrow-raising who’s who in business, politics and entertainment today.

Best yet, from the safety of our homes or cafes we can examine this list, nodding our heads or wagging them in disgust. From stifling my applause when scrolling over Yao Ming to being shocked not to find President Obama anywhere on the list, I was at least comforted not to have Kim Jong Un or Vladimir Putin run across my train of vision.

Here’s a quick rundown of the top 10 from Fortune’s list:

1. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.

2. Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

3. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

4. Pope Francis, Pontiff, Catholic Church

5. Narenda Modi, Prime Minister of India

6. Taylor Swift, Pop Star, Big Machine Records

7. Joanne Liu, International President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

8. John Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

9. Marry Barra, CEO of General Motors

10. Joshua Wong, Founding Activist of the Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement

Fortune explained:

“To make this roster, it was not enough to be brilliant, admirable, or even supremely powerful (…) We set out to find singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their followers with them on a shared quest.”

On any note, it’s an entertaining way to find inspiration as the week nears a blistering halt. What do you think of the list?

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