NEWSWEEK Cover: The New Global Elite

December 21, 2008

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Newsweek’s first ever list of the
world’s 50 most powerful people lays out a roadmap for how the world works
today. The December 29, 2008-January 5, 2009 double issue, “The New Global
Elite” (on newsstands Monday, December 22), opens with an essay by Editor, Jon
who looks at the history of power, how it is earned and how it
transforms those who have it. Meacham also explains how the list of new global
elite was determined.

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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 the United States) and
have risen to prominence through a combination of determination and good

The list includes:

Barack Obama. Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria breaks down
what the newly elected 44th President of the United States will need to do to
become a truly influential figure.

Ben Bernanke, Jean-Claude Trichet and Masaaki Shirakawa. Contributing
Editor Robert J. Samuelson explores why a trio of central bankers will likely
decide the fate of the global economy next year.

Hillary and Bill Clinton. Senior Editor Jonathan Alter looks at how the
most powerful couple in politics may find the times suited to their unmatched

Osama bin Laden. Despite having kept a low profile recently, and lost
many of his top lieutenants, his ideology continues to inflict monstrous harm.

John Lasseter. Assistant Editor Jennie Yabroff explains why Pixar’s
animation chief has immense soft power and why escapist fare does well in

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Abu Dhabi’s ruler has something everyone
wants right now — cash with which to invest in ailing blue-chip companies.

E.A. Adeboye. Senior Editor Lisa Miller looks Nigeria’s most successful
preacher and the wildfire spread of Pentecostalism, the world’s fastest
growing religion.

— Vladimir Putin. Russia’s leader talks a big game and has the military
to back it up, but faces a softening economy as oil prices plummet

— Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran’s Supreme Leader is the real force to be
reckoned with in Tehran.

Shahrukh Khan. Bollywood’s biggest star spreads a message of openness
and tolerance to some of the world’s most closed societies.

    (Read cover package at www.Newsweek.com)

    The Story of Power- http://www.newsweek.com/id/176300

    World's 50 Most Powerful People- http://www.newsweek.com/id/176484

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