NEWSWEEK Cover: The New Global Elite
world’s 50 most powerful people lays out a roadmap for how the world works
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transforms those who have it. Meacham also explains how the list of new global
elite was determined.
Newsweek correspondents from around the world put together a highly
subjective list of the most powerful people who will figure in the era over
which President-Elect Barack Obama will preside. “It is arbitrary, but the
choices are well-considered, and each, we believe, represents a thread in the
new global tapestry,” writes Meacham. “Some are utterly surprising; others are
not. Perhaps most important, each meets the test of power as we have just
defined it: they are men and women who are either in the business of bending
others to their will or who are seeking to rearrange reality in ways they find
more congenial. They are in command, or they seek control (and there is,
naturally, more than a little overlap; the features are not mutually
The list of fifty is made up of global figures who were not selected to
delineate an elite based on wealth, social class, or educational credentials.
“The figures in this issue are global, and they are chosen on merit,” Meacham
adds. “Many of the names here, it is true, are well-off, move in what might be
considered high circles and went to celebrated schools. But many began life in
obscurity (see, for instance, the 44th president of
have risen to prominence through a combination of determination and good
The list includes:
what the newly elected 44th President of
become a truly influential figure.
decide the fate of the global economy next year.
most powerful couple in politics may find the times suited to their unmatched
many of his top lieutenants, his ideology continues to inflict monstrous harm.
animation chief has immense soft power and why escapist fare does well in
wants right now — cash with which to invest in ailing blue-chip companies.
preacher and the wildfire spread of Pentecostalism, the world’s fastest
— Vladimir Putin.
to back it up, but faces a softening economy as oil prices plummet
— Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
reckoned with in
and tolerance to some of the world’s most closed societies.
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