50 Greatest Leaders: Adichie, Masiyiwa And Mugisha Made The List


Famed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been listed on the Fortune’s 2017 ranking of the world’s 50 greatest leaders.

The Americanah author was placed at number 42 on the list which featured Melinda Gates, Ava Duvernay and other influential people.

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It’s been a month of great achievements for Adichie whose book ‘Americanah’ recently won the “One Book, One New York” campaign from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with BuzzFeed.

Top of the world’s 50 greatest leaders list was the President of America’s Chicago Cubs baseball team’s President, Theo Epstein.

Following closely was Jack Ma of Ali Baba group. The pontifex, Pope Francis was at number 3 for his humanitarian projects.

Two other Africans on the list include Ugandan gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha and Econet wireless chairman, Strive Masiyiwa.

Fortune aims to use this list to evoke an appreciation for the good leaders, considering bad leaders seem to get more limelight than the good ones, making it seem like the good ones have altogether disappeared.

Here’s a hypothesis: Our age of radical transparency is far likelier to reveal bad stuff than good. Virtually every fallen leader of recent times has been undone by the dramatically expanded availability and light-speed portability of digital data—as mundane as electronic financial records (Lee) or as advanced as remote surveillance ­(Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak). It all reveals what’s hidden, and the things people try to hide tend to be bad.

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Although Fortune adds that the numerical order of the list does not mean that a “No. 7 on our list is “greater” than No. 9”, these are all 50 people who mad Fortune’s list of 50 Greatest Leaders.

1 Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations Chicago Cubs

2 Jack Ma, Executive Chairman Alibaba Group

3 Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church –

4 Melinda Gates, Cochair Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5 Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO Amazon

6 Ava DuVernay, Film Director and Screenwriter –

7 H.R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Adviser –

8 Tsai Ing-Wen, President Taiwan

9 John McCain, U.S Senator Arizona

10 Angela Merkel, Chancellor Germany

11 LeBron James, Small Forward Cleveland Cavaliers

12 John Kasich, Governor Ohio

13 John Delaney, U.S. Representative Maryland

14 Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO Save the Children International

15 Katharine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center TexasTech

16 Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director Equal Justice Initiative

17 Janet Yellen, Chair Federal Reserve

18 Brian Chesky, CEO and Head of Community Airbnb

19 Samantha Bee, Host and Executive Producer “Full Frontal”

20 Paul Polman, CEO Unilever

21 John Roberts, Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court

22 Janeé Harteau, Chief of Police Minneapolis

23 Joe Biden, Former U.S. Vice President –

24 Zhang Ruimin, CEO Haier Group

25 Carmen Aristegui, Host and Reporter Aristegui Noticias

26 Arundhati Bhattacharya,, Chairman State Bank of India

27 Shakira Singer, Songwriter, and Producer

28 Raj Panjabi, CEO Last Mile Health

29 Svetlana Gannushkina, Founder Citizens Assistance Committee

30 Elon Musk, CEO Tesla and SpaceX

31 Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Canada

32 Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Professor Rice University

33 Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman Econet Wireless Group

34 Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, and Carmen Perez National Cochairs The Women’s March on Washington

35 Diana Natalicio, President University of Texas at El Paso

36 Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of Happiness United Arab Emirates

37 Fazle Abed, CEO BRAC

38 Haruno Yoshida, President BT Japan

39 Jamie Dimon, CEO JPMorgan Chase

40 Yuri Milner, Founder DST Global

41 Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO AT&T

42 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist and Essayist

43 Marc Benioff, CEO and Chairman Salesforce

44 Frank Mugisha, Executive Director Sexual Minorities Uganda

45 Dalia Grybauskaitė, President Lithuania

46 Chance the Rapper, Musician and Activist

47 Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief Caixin Media

48 Sadiq Khan, Mayor London

49 Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, CEO Intercorp

50 Lisa Su