11 Emmanuel Macron, French President
(3) The French Obama, the hope of Europe: a president of change.
12 Banksy, Artist
(NEW) Leads the art market ad absurdum; his work self-destructed after auction.
13 Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
(NEW) Leads the dusty Windsors into the future. Activist for a better world.
14 Richard Branson, Visionary
(10) The most innovative entrepreneur of our time; sets new standards as a philanthropist.
15 Alessandro Michele, Gucci-Designer
(54) The most important designer of our time who made Gucci the most coveted label.
16 Roger Nelson, Global Consciousness
(21) The legendary Princeton professor and bestselling author proved that a global consciousness exists. We are one.
17 Emmanuelle Charpentier, Geneticist
(5) Invented the genetic scissor CRISPR/Cas9 and revolutionized the world of medicine.
18 Ian Cheng, Video Artist
(14) Cognitive scientist who creates new ecosystems. An art world shooting star.
19 Steven Pinker, Harvard Psychologist and bestselling author
(NEW) Bill Gates calls his new work, Enlightenment Now, the most important book ever written. Many agree.
20 Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
(NEW) Led China back onto the global stage. Powerful world leader.
21 Stella McCartney, Designer
(29) Renounces the use of leather, feathers, and fur, creates animal-friendly luxury fashion. Role model.
22 Kerry J. Marshall, Artist
(NEW) Most influential African American artist in the world. Most expensive painting: USD 21 million.
23 Roger Federer, Sports Icon
(37) The most important tennis players of our time; role model and idol for millions.
24 Bill Gates, Philanthropist
(23) With a capital of 50.7 bn in his charitable foundation, he changes the world. Hero.
25 Prince Charles, Successor to the Throne
(NEW) At 70 years, he still waits for the throne. Supports charitable causes around the globe.
26 Al Gore, Climate Fighter
(NEW) Bill Clinton’s former vice president is the most outspoken voice against climate change.
27 Yayoi Kusama, Artist
(NEW) Japan’s most important artist has now a museum of her own in Tokyo.
28 Dean Baquet, Editor in Chief, The New York Times
(NEW) A beacon of hope against fake news, the most powerful journalist in the world.
29 Mick Jagger, Rock Icon
(33) Proves that it is possible to fill stadiums and entertain millions at age 75. Role model.
30 Nadia Murad, Activist
(NEW) Nobel Peace Prize laureate, survived IS genocide, fights against human trafficking.
31 Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President
(27) He was the conscience of the United States. The world needs his voice now more than ever before.
32 Bill Maher, TV Presenter
(NEW) America’s admonishing voice of conscience on TV. Fighter for freedom of press.
33 Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
(NEW) Restored Microsoft’s position as a global leader with his focus on Cloud platforms.
34 Hans Ulrich Obrist, Art Curator
(20) The head of Serpentine Galleries communicates his love of art to millions.
35 David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine Monk
(65) Inspires the masses as a spiritual leader; founded gratefulness.org
36 Mathis Wackernagel, Ecological Footprint Inventor
(18) Global pioneer of climate preservation; invented the ecological footprint.
37 Colin Kaepernick, Sports Icon
(1) Activist against racism. He became a symbol of decency and courage.
38 Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
(8) A new kind of politician, fighter for justice. Leads his country with great foresight.
39 Jeff Zucker, CNN Boss
(NEW) Under the Trump administration, he made CNN great again as source of truth.
40 Yuval Noah Harari, Historian
(NEW) Impressively communicates world history to a broad audience in his bestsellers.