There are people who are highly influential over a large number of people. Some of them are active in politics, while others run big businesses. There are also influencers on the internet who impact millions of lives, as well as those who are charitable and do their best to make the world a better place to live. There are countless top 100 lists published each year highlighting the lives of the people perceived to have made the biggest impact on the highest number of people in the world, but we've narrowed the list down to include the top 20 most influential people for 2019.
20. Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed
Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed is the younger brother of President Khalifa bin Zayed. Mohamed is the Crown Prince and he's the one who is really calling the shots. He's actively pursued his rivals by sending troops into Yemen and ordering the blockade of Qatar. He's the one who called for crackdowns adn reform in his homeland. He' a risk-taker but his risks have worked in the favor of the United Arab Emirates.
19. Imran Khan
Imran Khan was captain of the winners of the 1992 Cricket World Cup Team, but he's done so much for the people that he's a powerful influencer in Pakistan as well as the world around him. He's a Prime Minister who is in touch with the people and well-aware of the impacts that poverty is having on the citizens. He built a cancer hospital in Lahore, and then a top of the line university so more of the people could achieve higher education. He's been in politics for twenty years and has made significant improvements in a country that has long suffered from poverty and suffering.
18. Leana Wen
Leana Wen is a physician who has become a notable leader of Planned Parenthood. She served as health commissioner of Baltimore, then made the decision to order a blanket prescription for the drug that serves as an antidote for opioid overdoses and as a result, she saved thousands of lives. She advocates for Planned Parenthood's right to serve clients with cancer screenings, affordable birth control, safe and legal abortions, mental health counseling, maternal health services and hormone treatment for transgender people.
17. Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is serving in his second term as the Chinese President. He is a well-rounded leader who makes use of both hard lines and a soft approach to enhancing the international image of the country of China. He's a modern leader who has had a tremendous impact on the people and politics, as he moves forward with the goal of achieving a more prosperous state for the people and the country, embracing Confucian values of filial piety, benevolence, and virtue.
16. Pope Francis
Pope Francis took charge of the scandals which have rocked the entire Catholic Church in the wake of the sexual abuse administered at the hands of clergy members. He called a meeting of the church leadership to develop strategies for protecting young followers from such unscrupulous acts and brought everyone together in a concerted effort to address the issue of pedophilia within the clergy. He's establishing policies and guidelines for behavior to help protect all vulnerable people as well as minor children from the abuse of clerical power, which he eschews as evil.
15. William Barr
William Barr has been one of the most influential people of 2019 because of his contributions to the country as Attorney General of the United States. He brings years of experience to the table and he is known for his great sense of humor, and for the respect that he shows to employees as well as his colleagues. He is a lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the ins and the outs of the law, and the wisdom to know how to apply it in the best interest of preserving the United States' government and democracy for all. He's a man of professionalism and integrity.
14. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Ocasio-Cortez is a junior member of the House of Representatives but she's made some very significant contributions in bringing attention to the need for American society to embrace diversity. She made history as the youngest Congresswoman in the United States. She is genuine and authentic and advocates for others to follow in this undertaking. She's made some mistakes along with way, but she's young and enthusiastic and she is not afraid to bring timely issues to the table and advocate for the will of the people to be exercised in government.
BTS is a South Korean music group and they've amassed a fan base of millions of followers throughout the world. We cannot underestimate the power of influence through music and becoming international icons, which is precisely what the group has done. BTS has received multiple accolades and they've topped charts all over the world. The members of the group are RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jung Kook, Jimin, Jin and V.
12. Rahaf Mohammed
Rahaf Mohammad was a teenage runaway who established a Twitter account to decry the sad status of Saudi women to the world. She was just 18 years of age when she ran from a family that was male-dominated and allowed women no rights whatsoever. She escaped to Bangkok and was facing deportation, stripped of her passport, and after going online, she collected 45,000 followers in a 24 hour period of time. She made a plea for asylum that caught the attention of the U.N. Refugee Agency and hey helped her to find her way to a safe place in Canada where she advocates for the rights of Saudi women through social media. She's one of the most influential people on Saudi women's rights in the world for 2019. Thanks to the public outcry there has been a talk among the Saudi government of loosening restrictions upon women.
11. Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg is a teenager from Sweden who has launched an international movement to address the issue of climate change throughout the world. She amassed a following of sympathizers called the School Strikers, who organized to support the cause at her urging. More than one and a half million demonstrators took part in a worldwide strike on September 20th. Youth were supported by adults who also believe that the need to address climate change is urgent.
Brian Kolfage is a very influential person for 2019. He's an Air Force veteran who started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to build a wall on the southern border of the United States. This was in response to the politicians causing obstructions to President Donald Trump's plans to build the border wall between the US and Mexico. Kolfage led the campaign that raised $25 million to go towards the anticipated $18 billion that it will take to complete the project for protecting the nation's borders from illegal crossings.
9. James Charles
James Charles made history as the first male ambassador for CoverGirl. He's a beauty vlogger who has become immensely popular through social media and internet channels. Charles engaged in a feud with fellow vlogger Tati Westbrook and it started a big fight over sponsorships for gummy bear supplements which went viral and got dark fast. Charles lost millions of followers and subscribers due to the feud and canceled his speaking tour. When he apologized to Westbrook and it was reciprocated, his fan base began to grow once again and it has exceeded 15 million YouTube subscribers. This is the power of the internet in action for reaching the masses.
8. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Formerly known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain two of the most influential people in the world and together, they're a power couple. The Duke and Duchess launched their own Instagram account and it rose to a dizzying number of 1 million followers within just 6 hours of being activated. The last count on their followers was a staggering 9.1 million.
7. Theresa May
Theresa May is a politician from Britain taking a conservative view. She's the UK's Home Secretary. She became an elected member of Parliament in 1997, serving her country in this capacity at Maidenhead, then moving on to an appointment as the Chairman of the Conservative Party. In 2002 May was sworn of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council. She's long served her country in many different capacities including as Minister for Women and Equalities under Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010.
6. Jeff Bezos
Jess Bezos is one of the most influential technology entrepreneurs in the world today. He's the founder of the largest online retail provider Amazon.com, and he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the massive corporation. He's the author of the model for internet sales used by the company. He has also been the owner of the Washington Post newspaper since 2013. He's one of the richest billionaires in American with an estimated net worth of $34.8 billion, according to Forbes, and he's changed the way that people shop throughout the entire world.
5. Bill Gates III
Bill Gates is one of the best known American businessmen who are also highly regarded for his brilliance as an inventor in the technology industry. He's the co-founder of the largest PC software company in the world, Microsoft. He is frequently listed on Forbes's most significant lists and he's known for his philanthropy as a generous giver. He cares about many worthy causes including education, the environment, and many others. He maintains the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, raising funds and donating billions to charitable causes.
4. Elon Musk
Elon Musk was born in South Africa and is now considered to be a Canadian-American engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and investor by his trades. He's best known as the CEO and CTO of Tesla Motors, as well as of SpaceX and SolarCity. As the founder of SpaceX, as well as Paypal, Inc., and Zip2, he has earned a high amount of respect as a businessman. He's currently undertaking the development of the Hyperloop which is a high-speed transportation system.
3. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is also known as "The Rock." He's an American-Canadian professional wrestler, star college football player, producer, and actor who has risen to dizzying heights of fame and admiration. He's one of the most versatile people in the entertainment sector of the world, and one of the most beloved in America.
2. Donald Trump
Donald Trump is the second most influential person in the world, according to Time Magazine. He's made some unprecedented decisions as President of the United States, and he's had a tremendous influence on the world, whether you agree with his platform or disagree. He opposed the NATO countries' lack of paying their fair share, and he's also pushed the country of China hard to obtain trade agreements that will be fairer to the United States. He's also broken ground in establishing a better relationship with North Korea.
1. Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House. She's one of the most important women in the government of the United States. She's one of the most powerful women in the history of our nation and she doesn't mince words when she stands up for what she believes in. She led the fight to pass the first major gun safety bill in years, as well as advocating for reproductive rights for women, teh right to affordable health care, and for paid family leave. Ms. Pelosi is a leader who delivers and she doesn't give in to bullying from members of the Republican party or from those within her own Democratic group.
Written by Liz Flynn
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