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The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

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RANK NAME TITLE AFFILIATION
1 Tim Cook CEO Apple
2 Mario Draghi President European Central Bank
3 Xi Jinping President People's Republic of China
4 Pope Francis Pontiff Catholic Church
5 Narendra Modi Prime Minister India
6 Taylor Swift Pop Star Big Machine Records
7 Joanne Liu International President Medecins Sans Frontieres
8 John Roberts Jr. Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court
9 Mary Barra CEO General Motors
10 Joshua Wong Activist Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement
11 Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson Prominent voices for nonviolent protest Ferguson, Mo.
12 Jeremy Farrar Director Wellcome Trust
13 James Comey Director FBI
14 Ai-Jen Poo Director National Domestic Workers Alliance
15 Mark Carney Governor Bank of England
16 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Liberia
17 Howard Schultz Chairman and CEO Starbucks
18 Bill and Melinda Gates Founders Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
19 Pete Frates Advocate ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge"
20 Mike Duggan and Kevyn Orr Mayor and Former Emergency Manager Detroit
21 Helena Morrissey CEO Newton Investment Management
22 Beatrice Mtetwa Lawyer Human rights activist in Zimbabwe
23 Elon Musk Co-Founder and CEO Tesla Motors and SpaceX
24 Tri Rismaharini Mayor Surabaya, Indonesia
25 Mark Zuckerberg Founder and CEO Facebook
26 Yao Ming Animal rights activist and former NBA star NBA (Retired)
27 Jeff Bezos Founder and CEO Amazon.com
28 Kailash Satyarthi Founder Bachpan Bachao Andolan
29 Lei Jun Founder and CEO Xiaomi
30 Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran Lawyer Saudi Arabia
31 Lebron James Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
32 Mark Bertolini CEO Aetna
33 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Finance Minister Nigeria
34 Raj Panjabi CEO Last Mile Health
35 Adm. William McRaven (Ret.) Chancellor University of Texas
36 Carolyn Miles President and CEO Save the Children
37 Frances Hesselbein President and CEO Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
38 Jamie Dimon Chairman and CEO JPMorgan Chase
39 Anthony Fauci Director NIAID (NIH)
40 Patrick Awuah Founder and President Ashesi University College
41 Mitch Daniels President Purdue University
42 Richard Pazdur Director FDA's Office of Hematology and Oncology Products
43 Courtney Banghart Head Coach Princeton Tigers Women's Basketball Team
44 Travis Kalanick CEO Uber
45 Jimmy Fallon Host The Tonight Show
46 Daniel Barenboim General Music Director Berlin State Opera
47 Adam Silver Commissioner NBA
48 Richard Liu Founder and CEO JD.com
49 John Mackey Co-CEO, Co-Founder Whole Foods Market
50 Akira Miyawaki Director Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology
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Tim Cook

CEO, Apple
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There is no true preparation for replacing a legend, but that’s what Tim Cook had to do three-and-a-half years ago following the death of Steve Jobs. Cook has led Apple so strongly, including in some surprising directions, that he has earned the No. 1 spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Apple’s stock has hit all-time highs, in Apple Pay and the Apple Watch the company has shown its continued appetite for innovation, and it is gradually becoming more open and outspoken, including on a variety of non-corporate social issues. By announcing that he is gay, Cook also has done something few would have predicted: become a global role model.

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