They build companies and assemble fortunes. They run banks, or hope to disrupt them. They shape economies and spread ideas. They manage money and wield the clout that goes with the billions of dollars they invest. The 50 people in our fifth annual Most Influential ranking are a varied group but have in common extraordinary success in their chosen fields.
The 50 Most Influential are spread across six different categories:
The 50 Most Influential follow many paths to power. They sway economic policy, manage money, define banking, invent the future. Here’s a glimpse at the varieties of influence that characterize the people who made this year’s list.