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Leo Varadkar on the closing day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 25, 2019.Simon Dawson—Bloomberg via Getty Images
Leo Varadkar on the closing day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 25, 2019., Simon Dawson—Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Title
    Prime Minister
  • Affiliation
    Ireland

Ireland’s youngest ever Taoiseach—and first openly gay and first ethnic-minority leader—stands out on all fronts. But it’s how he has positioned Ireland to win big in Brexit that’s most noteworthy. Varadkar’s commitment to low taxes and low-drama politics has wooed the likes of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays to move their European bases to Dublin while securing Ireland’s title as Europe’s fastest-growing economy.

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