Vladimir Putin is #1, Donald Trump is #2, Barack Obama is #45, Xi Jinping is #4, Pope Francis is #5, Mark Zuckerberg is #10, Rodrigo Duterte is #70
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Several leaders across Asia were named on the list. The heads of state of China (No. 4), India (No. 9), Japan (No. 37), and North Korea (No. 43) are in the top 50.
The Philippines' tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte (No. 70) was the final Asian head of state on the list. Some notable exclusions are Indonesia's Joko Widodo and Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo credit: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Not surprisingly, China is the Asian country with the most number of people on the list, with 7 listees. Besides Xi Jinping, other Chinese nationals include: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (No. 12), Alibaba’s Jack Ma (No. 28), China Investment Corp's Ding Xuedong (No. 41), Tencent’s Ma Huateng (No. 45), Wang Jianlin (No. 59), and Baidu’s Robin Li (No. 60).
|Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda. (Photo credit: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)|
Interestingly, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda (No. 47) was ranked above outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama (No. 48).
Other leaders in Asia on the list are: Toyota's Akio Toyoda (No. 29), Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong (No. 40), and SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son (No. 53).
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