The 100 most powerful people in the world Right Now

This year, Time magazine published a list of the 100 most powerful people in the world. These are people who have impacted the world in different ways.

This article discusses each of these individuals and how they made it to the list of the top 100 most influential persons in the world.

1. Simone Biles

Age: 24

Nationality: American

Occupation: Gymnast

Biles is the most decorated gymnast of all time, with a total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals.

2. Phyllis Omido

Age: 43

Nationality: Kenyan

Occupation: Environmental Activist

After her efforts in environmental conservation, she was named one of the 100 most powerful people in the world in 2021.

In 2015, she was one of six people to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize.

3. Billie Eilish

Age: 19

Nationality: American

Occupation: Singer

In 2021, Time magazine named singer Billie Eilish as one of the world’s most influential people.

Seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Record, three MTV Video Music Awards, and two Brit Awards have all been bestowed onto Eilish.

4. Alexei Navalny

Age: 45

Nationality: Russian

Occupation: Political activist

Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, politician, lawyer, and activist.

He’s a big critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and is currently in prison.

He won the Sakharov Prize award in 2021 for his fight for human rights.

5. Kamala Harris

Age: 57

Nationality: American

Occupation: Politician

She is the current vice president of the United States of America.

Kamala Harris is the first female as well as the first African American vice president of the U.S

6. Xi Jinping

Age: 68

Nationality: Chinese

Occupation: Politician

He is the president of the People’s Republic of China.

China is the world’s second-largest economy, a reason which makes the country’s president one of the most powerful people in the world.

7. Elon Musk

Age: 50

Nationality: American, Canadian, and South African

Occupation: Entrepreneur

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He is currently the second-richest person in the world.

He’s the CEO of Tesla and Space X.

8. Joe Biden

Age: 78

Nationality: American

Occupation: Politician

He is the 46th and current president of the U.S.

The U.S is the world’s largest economy.

9. Bad Bunny

Age: 27

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Occupation: Rapper, singer.

His music has been categorized as Latin trap and reggaeton, but Bad Bunny has also integrated rock, bachata, and soul into his sound.

10. Abdul Ghani Baradar

Age: 53

Nationality: Afghan

Occupation: Religious and political leader

He is currently the acting first deputy prime minister and a co-founder of the Taliban.

11. Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Age: 37(Harry) and 40(Meghan)

Nationality: British (Harry) and American (Meghan)

Occupation: Duke and Duchess

They are both members of the British royal family and are rulers of the provinces of Sussex.

12. Britney Spears

Age: 39

Nationality: American

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, and dancer.

She is known as the “Princess of Pop” because she is credited with encouraging the rebirth of teen pop in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Spears is regarded as a pop legend, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide in her career.

13. Naomi Osaka

Age: 24

Nationality: Japanese

Occupation: Tennis player

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Naomi Osaka is one of the 100 most powerful people in the world right now. She has had numerous achievements in her tennis career which include winning the US Open and Australian Open.

Naomi took part in protests in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

14. Dolly Parton

Age: 75

Nationality: American

Occupation: Singer

She is a country music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian from the United States.

15. Scarlett Johansson

Age: 36

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actress

Scarlett Johansson was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and in 2019. Her huge influence in the film industry makes her one of the most influential people in the world.

16. Lil Nas X

Age: 22

Nationality: American

Occupation: Rapper, singer.

He is a popular singer who has influenced pop culture.

17. Bowen Yang

Age: 30

Nationality: Australian-American

Occupation: Actor

Yang is based in New York City,

He’s a comedian, podcaster, and writer.

18. Tracee Ellis Ross

Age: 48

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actress

She’s famous for her lead roles in tv shows such as Black-ish and Girlfriends.

Tracee has influenced and positively impacted the lives of many young girls. This has consequently earned her a spot on the list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

19. Mark Bradford

Age: 59

Nationality: American

Occupation: Artist

His exceptional collage paintings make him one of the 100 most powerful people in the world.

20. Steven Yeun

Age: 37

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actor and producer

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He’s one of the world’s most influential actors.

Steven Yeun came into recognition for his role as “Glenn Rhee” in the famous tv show, “The Walking Dead”.

21. Mario Draghi

Age:74

Nationality: Italian

Occupation: Economist

He is the current prime minister of India.

22. Tucker Carlson

Age:52

Nationality: American

Occupation: Tv Host

Since 2016, he has hosted Tucker Carlson Tonight, a nightly political talk show on Fox News. His influence through media led to Time Magazine listing him among the world’s 100 most influential people in 2021.

23. Sherrilyn Ifil

Age: 54

Nationality: American

Occupation: Lawyer

She’s one of the most powerful people in the world right now.

She is the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as well as a law professor.

24. Shohei Ohtani

Age: 27

Nationality: Japanese

Occupation: Professional baseball pitcher

Shohei is a baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of the Major League Baseball (MLB).

In 2018, he was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

25. Ben Crump

Age: 52

Nationality: American

Occupation: Attorney

He focuses on civil rights and catastrophic personal injury cases, including wrongful death lawsuits.

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26. Sunisa Lee

Age: 18

Nationality: American

Occupation: Gymnast

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At just the age of 18, Sunisa Lee is one of the most powerful people in the world according to time.com

She is the Olympic all-around champion for 2020 and a bronze medalist for the uneven bars.

28. Tim Cook

Age: 60

Nationality: American

Occupation: Business Executive

He has been the CEO of Apple from 2011 up to date.

He’s one of the world’s most powerful people due to his control and influence in Apple Inc.

29. Kane Brown

Age: 28

Nationality: American

Occupation: Singer

He is a popular singer that has released several EPs (Extended Plays).

30. Donald Trump

Age: 75

Nationality: American

Occupation: Politician and businessman.

He is the former president of the United States of America and his large influence has led to him being listed among

He’s one of the most powerful leaders in the world.

Trump is the former president of the U.S. He’s also one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of $2.4 billion.

31. Aurora James

Age: 37

Nationality: Canadian

Occupation: Creative director and activist.

She started the fashion company Brother Vellies in 2013 with the objective of supporting indigenous African design skills and traditions.

Aurora also established the “15 Percent Pledge“, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting Black-owned businesses, in the year 2020.

32. Omar SY

Age: 43

Nationality: French

Occupation: Actor

He is a famous actor known for his role in films such as the Lupin tv series.

33. Steven Yeun

Age: 37

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actor and producer

He’s one of the world’s most influential actors.

Yeun is well known for playing Glenn Rhee in “The Walking Dead”.

34. Nayib Bukele

Age: 40

Nationality: Salvadoran

Occupation: Politician

He is the current president of El Salvador.

35. Joe Manchin

Age: 74

Nationality: American.

Occupation: Politician, Businessman

He has served as the senior United States senator from West Virginia since 2010.

36. Barney Graham

 Age: _

Nationality: American

Occupation: Immunologist and virologist

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He is the chief of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory and the deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center in the United States.

Graham is credited for being at the forefront to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19.

37. Roger Cox

Age: _

Nationality: Dutch

Occupation: Lawyer

Mr. Cox asks for judicial intervention in his book “Revolution Justified” to save the planet and humanity from devastating climate change.

38. Mary Barra

Age: 59

Nationality: American

Occupation: Businesswoman

Since January 2014, Mary Barra has served as the chair and CEO of General Motors, America’s largest vehicle manufacturer.

39. MiMi Aung

Age: 53

Nationality: Burmese-American

Occupation: Engineer

MiMi is one of the most powerful people in the world right now.

She is a lead engineer and project manager at NASA.

40. Liz Cheney

Age: 55

Nationality: American

Occupation: Attorney

Since 2017, she has served as the United States Representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district.

41. Mario Draghi

Age:74

Nationality: Italian

Occupation: Economist

He’s the current prime minister of Italy and one of the world’s most influential people in 2021.

42. Mahbouba Seraj

Age: 73

Nationality: Afghan

Occupation: Journalist and activist

She advocates for women’s and children’s rights.

43. Narendra Modi

Age:71

Nationality: Indian

Occupation: Politician

He’s the current prime minister of India.

44. Ron Klain

Age: 60

Nationality: American

Occupation: Attorney

He’s a political consultant and attorney.

Klain is the current chief of staff at the White House.

45. Vitalik Buterin

Age: 27

Nationality: Russian-Canadian

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Vitalik is the founder of Ethereum and owns over 1 billion dollars worth of Ethereum.

46. Viya

Age: 18

Nationality: Chinese

Occupation: Entrepreneur and live streamer

She sells and advertises products through an online shopping broadcast.

47. Kengo Kuma

Age: 67

Nationality: Japanese

Occupation: Architect and professor

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The Japanese architect designed the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo. The stadium hosted the 2020 Olympics.

48. Sara Menker

Age: 39

Nationality: Ethiopian

Occupation: Entrepreneur

She is an entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Gro Intelligence.

Sara is one of Africa’s most influential people.

49. Lidia Morawska

Age: 69

Nationality: Polish

Occupation: Physicist and Professor

She carries out research on the quality of air in the atmosphere and its impact on human health.

50. Friederike Otto and Geert Jan Van Oldenborgh

Age: 39 and 59 respectively

Nationality: German and Dutch

Occupation: Climatologists

Otto focuses her research on extreme weather conditions.

Jan has been raising public awareness on how climate change is related to extreme weather conditions.

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51. John Nkengasong

Age: 62

Nationality: Cameroonian

Occupation: Virologist

Nkengasong is a Cameroonian virologist

He’s the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

52. Katalin Kariko

Age: 66

Nationality: Hungarian

Occupation: Biochemist

Katalin is an expert in RNA-mediated processes.

53. Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Age: 68, 20 and 50

Nationality: Americans

Occupations: Tv Personalities

The 3 are the hosts of the “Red Table Talk”, a talk show that airs on Facebook Watch.

54. Jensen Huang

Age: 58

Nationality: Taiwanese-American

Occupation: Businessman

He is the president and CEO of Nvidia Corporation, a technology company in the gaming industry.

Huang is one of the company’s co-founders.

55. Elisa Loncon Antileo

Age: 58

Nationality: Chilean

Occupation: Activist

Loncón was elected as one of the Mapuche people’s representatives to the Chilean Constitutional Convention in 2021.

56. Mamata Banerjee

Age: 66

Nationality: Indian

Occupation: Politician and academic

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Since 2011, she has been the ninth and current Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, the first woman to do so.

In 2021, Time magazine named her as one of the most powerful people in the world.

57. Rochelle Walensky

Age: 52

Nationality: American

Occupation: Physician

She is the director of the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention in the U.S

58. Ebrahim Raisi

Age: 60

Nationality: Iranian

Occupation: President

He is the current president of Iran.

59. Stacey Abrams

Age: 47

Nationality: American

Occupation: Politician

From 2007 until 2017, she was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017.

60. Naftali Bennett

Age: 49

Nationality: Israeli

Occupation: Politician

Naftali Bennett is the current prime minister of Israel and one of the world’s most powerful individuals in 2021.

61. Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala

Age: 67

Nationality: Nigerian, American

Occupation: Scholar and Technocrat

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She is the director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

62. Barbara Kruger

Age: 76

Nationality: American

Occupation: Conceptual artist

Barbara is a conceptual artist popular for her collage style which sometimes depicts political situations in society.

Due to her reputation in art, she was named one of the 100 most powerful people in the world this year by Time magazine.

63. Daniel Kaluuya

Age: 32

Nationality: British

Occupation: Actor

Kaluuya is an actor from Britain and one of the world’s most influential people right now.

64. N.K. Jemisin

Age: 49

Nationality: American

Occupation: Writer

She focuses on fantasy and science fiction works.

65. Jessica B. Harris

Age: 73

Nationality: American

Occupation: Historian

Jessica is a historian, journalist, and college lecturer in the U.S

66. Jason Sudeikis

Age: 46

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actor

The American actor was named one of the most powerful people in the world this year.

Jason has appeared on several tv comedy series such as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, and The Last Man on Earth.

67. Chloe’ Zhao

Age: 39

Nationality: Chinese

Occupation: Filmmaker

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After the release of “Nomadland” in 2020, she won the Oscar award for Best Director.

Zhao is the first Asian woman to win an Oscar.

68. Kate Winslet

Age: 46

Nationality: British

Occupation: Actress

She is well renowned for her work in the film industry, especially historical dramas, in which she frequently portrays powerful, complex women.

In 2021, Time magazine named Kate Winslet one of the world’s most influential individuals.

69. Luiza Trajano

Age: 70

Nationality: Brazilian

Occupation: Businesswoman

Luiza is the richest woman in Brazil.

70. Ang’elique Kidjo

Age: 61

Nationality: Beninese

Occupation: Singer

Angelique is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, and activist known for her wide range of musical inspirations.

She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.

Angelique sang in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics.

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71. Kenneth C. Frazier and Kenneth Chenault

Age: 66, 70

Nationality: American

Occupation: Business executives

Frazier is the executive chairman of Merck & Co.

From 2001 to 2018, Chenault was the CEO and Chairman of American Express.

72. Allyson Felix

Age: 35

Nationality: American

Occupation: Track and field athlete

She’s one of the most powerful people in the world due to her exploits in athletics. 

Felix focused on the 200 meters sprint from 2003 to 2013, before transitioning to the 400 meters sprint later in her career.

73. Youn Yuh Jung

Age: 74

Nationality: South-Korean

Occupation: Actress

She has had a successful career that spans over five decades, in the film industry.

74. Nikole Hannah-Jones

Age: 45

Nationality: American

Occupation: Investigative journalist

She is well-known for her reporting on civil rights in the United States.

75. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz

Age: Timbaland 49 years, Swizz Beatz 43 years

Nationality: American

Occupation: Producers, songwriters.

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s creation, the Verzuz battles has become an educational platform for hundreds of millions of spectators since its inception.

It revealed the extensive catalogs of producers and songwriters behind pop culture’s most important songs

76. Shonda Rhimes

Age: 51

Nationality: American

Occupation: Producer, Screenwriter, and Author

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She is mostly known for being the showrunner (creator, executive producer, and chief writer) of Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller Scandal.

77. Esther Ze Naw Bamvo and El Thinzar Maung

Age: _

Nationality: Burmese

Occupation: Activists

They organized the first anti-military rally in Yangon, Myanmar just five days after the February 1 coup.

They are recognized as a sign of courage, honor, and legitimate anger.

78. Dorottya Redai

Age: _

Nationality: Hungarian

Occupation: Academic and LGBT activist

She has been recognized for her work on a children’s book that sparked a debate in the Central European country about human rights.

79. Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz

Age:26

Nationality: Mexican

Occupation: Activist

Carol advocated for the development of the Olympian Law, a law in Mexico that prohibits computer harassment.

In 2021, Time magazine named her as one of the most powerful people in the world.

80. Claudia Spellmant and Indyra Mendoza

Age: _

Nationality: Honduran

Occupation: Activists

The duo is an LGBT activist and has protested in opposition to various abusive actions of the government against the community.

81. Frans Timmermans

Age: 60

Nationality: Dutch

Occupation: Politician and diplomat

Since 2014, he has served as the first vice president of the European Commission.

82.Adar Poonawalla

Age: 40

Nationality: Indian

Occupation: Serum Institute CEO

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Adar is the CEO of the Serum Institute of India.

Serum Institute is a vaccine manufacturer and produces more doses than any other company in the world.

83. Fatih Birol

Age: 63

Nationality: Turkish

Occupation: Economist and energy expert

Since September 2015, he has been the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

During his tenure as Director-General of the Agency, Fatih has made several initiatives to modernize the Paris-based international organization.

84.  Felwine Sarr and Be’ne’dicte Savoy

Ages: 49

Nationality: Senegalese, French

Occupation: Professor, Art Historian

Felwine Sarr is a writer and also an academic. In 2016, he received the Grand Prix of Literary Associations.

Savoy specializes in the investigation of the provenance of pieces of art, particularly stolen art and other unlawfully acquired cultural artifacts.

85. Mona El-Kurd and Mohammed El-Kurd

Age: 23

Nationality: Palestinian

Occupation: Activists

In Sheikh Jarrah, the twins have been filming and speaking out against the eviction of Palestinians from their houses.

86. Russell Jeung, Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Cynthia Choi

Age: 52

Nationality: Chinese

Occupation: Activists

 The 3 founded the Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that advocates against racism and discrimination of Asian Americans.

87. Luis Manuel Otero Alca’ntara

Age: 33

Nationality: Cuban

Occupation: Performance artist

 He is well-known for his public concerts in which he openly criticizes Cuba’s government and policies.

88. Nasrin Sotoudeh

Age: 58

Nationality: Iranian

Occupation: Human Rights Lawyer

Following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections, she represented imprisoned, Iranian opposition leaders and politicians.

 She has also represented convicts sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were juveniles.

89. Cathy Park Hong

Age: 45

Nationality: American

Occupation: Poet. Writer and Professor

Cathy Park has three collections of poetry to her credit.

She uses a lot of mixed languages and serialized storytelling in her work.

For her writings and support for Asian American women, she was named one of the 100 most powerful people in the world by Time magazine in 2021.


You now know the world’s 100 most influential individuals right now. You can also read about the people who were the most influential in 2020 here.

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