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.
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.
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