Every year, the world witnesses emergence of powerful world leaders. These leaders have the capability of changing the world with their vision and policies. The government leaders are a league of its own because all the happenings in this world are dependent on their decisions.
Today, we discuss the world’s most powerful government leaders in 2018. These leaders have takes such decisions for the welfare and the development of the society that makes them an essential part of this list. Read on to know more about these powerful personalities.
10. Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister, Israel
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He holds the distinction of being the first Israeli Prime Minister who was born in Israel after the establishment of the state. He assumed the office on 18th June 1996. As the 9th Prime Minister, he assumed the office on 31st March 2009. Benjamin is known for his undeterred stance on the security front. The situation is still uneasy due to the bitter relationship with the Palestinian neighbours. This is evident from the fact that he declined to attend the peace talks to be held in France.
Instead of this, he is a supporter of the technology innovation in the country. His policies are affirmed from the fact that Israel has the most number of startups in the world.
9. Ali Hosseini-Khamenei – Supreme Leader of Iran
Khamenei is a revered politician of Iran and he assumed the supreme leadership in 1989. Before that, he served as the third President of Iran. Khamenei is the longest head of a state in the Middle East and the second longest serving Iranian leader. Besides being the Supreme Leader, Khamenei is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces as well. All the major decisions related to finance, external affairs, economy, development, etc are taken by him. Hence, he is the ultimate power in Iran.
When Iran was crushed under international sanctions applied due to Iran’s nuclear policy, Khamenei limited the nuclear development so that the state can progress for a better future.
8. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – King of Saudi Arabia
King Salman occupied the seat of the King after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah in 2015. Before assuming the role of the King, he was the Governor of Riyadh for 48 years. Under his exemplary rule, Riyadh prospered in every aspect. It attracted lucrative investments in tourism and trade. This, in turn, helped in the development of Riyadh.
King Salman changed the Saudi line of succession, wherein, he announced that the kingship will pass to the sons of Abdulaziz ibm Saud, Saudi Arabia’s founder. Currently, King Salman faces the challenge of reviving the economy amidst low oil prices and Saudi’s bombing campaign in Yemen.
7. Theresa May – Prime Minister of United Kingdom
Theresa Mary May, an Oxford graduate, is the Prime Minister of United Kingdom. After David Cameroon resigned due to Brexit referendum, May assumed the role of PM in the UK in 2016. Before this, she was the Home Secretary from 2010-2016. Also, she served as the Minister for Women and Equalities from 2010 – 2012. May took a major step to curb infiltration of migrants. This was one of the major issue associated with the Brexit referendum. Now, she has the challenging role of sustaining the British economy.
6. Li Keqiang – Premier of China
Li Keqiang, being the Premier of China, is the second most powerful person in China. Before assuming the office of the Premier, Li was the First Vice Premier of China from 2008 to 2013. He has affirmed the people of China that the relations between China and the USA will grow stronger under any circumstances. Li is active in strengthening the relations with other countries. Recently, Germany and China signed the agreement wherein, Germany will invest $2.5 billion in China.
Li Keqiang has been a member of the Communist Party and he has been very liberal about his thoughts and actions.
5. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi is the 14th Prime Minister of India. Before assuming the office of Prime Minister, Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for three consecutive terms. His impeccable works that lead to rapid development of Gujarat made him the righteous candidate for the Prime Minister in the General Elections 2014. After assuming the office, Modi has made significant efforts for developing relations with other countries.
He is determined to make India a leader in manufacturing and services. Moreover, he took a bold step of demonetization in order to curb the corruption in the country. He is also very keen towards adopting policies to control climate change for the betterment of the people.
4. Xi Jinping – General Secretary, Communist Party, China
Xi Jinping is one of the most powerful leaders of the world. He assumed the office of General Secretary in 2012 and the office of President of People’s Republic of China in 2013. A lot of happenings around the globe are affected by the decisions of Jinping. He has the distinction of being the Communist Party “core” leader. This honour was bestowed in the past upon Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
Jinping has made assertive reforms in the privatization sector. His works stress on curbing corruption and forming stronger economic and security policies.
3. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
Angela Merkel assumed the office of Chancellor in 2005 and she is the leader of the Christian Democratic Union as well. Merkel has consistently ranked amongst the most powerful leaders and the most powerful women in the world. She has played a successful role in uniting the European Union during the Brexit issue. She has dealt with the ever-growing Russian influence in the European continent. Her abilities were witnessed when she uplifted Germany from the economic crisis by providing much-required subsidies to the companies. Due to her policies, Germany witnessed a budget surplus of $13.1 billion in 2016.
2. Donald Trump – President, USA
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America (USA). Trump has the distinction of being the first billionaire President of the USA. He was elected in the elections held in 2017. After Fred, Donald’s father, Donald assumed the responsibility of managing the affairs of The Trump Organisation. Currently, his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., manage the business affairs that encompass office towers, luxury hotels, private golf clubs, and other real estate ownerships. Besides these, Trump also managed the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. As of 2017, Trump’s net worth was estimated to be about $3.5 billion.
1. Vladimir Putin – President, Russia
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the undisputed leader in the top 10 successful government leaders in the world. He assumed the office of the President in 2012. Before this, he was the President from 2000 – 2008. Putin’s influence grows stronger every year. His reach is undeterred in almost every corner of the globe, ranging from Syria issue to the US presidential elections. As Donald Trump is an ardent supporter of Putin’s leadership style, it is believed that Russian hackers hacked the email accounts of the members of the US Democratic Party in an attempt to aid Trump’s Presidential campaign.
The world leaders listed above has an immense influence on the happenings around the globe. They have the power to transform the world into a peaceful fraternity. Their policies and strategies affect the economy of the world. A lot of people consider them as their ideals. In the future, their role will be important for the development in every aspect.