The list – called the FP “Power Map” is a compilation of the top 500 people in the world who rule various fields and industries – from politics and high finance, to media, energy, warfare and religion.
The list is domiated by men and women from the USA, with the magazine noting that “Americans are still No. 1 in pretty much everything that matters. For now.”
Among the notable people listed are US politicians Barack Obama (US President), Joe Biden (US Vice President) and Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of New York) – and on the other side of the coin, personalities such as Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO), Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO) and Tim Cook (Apple CEO).
Here are the listed South African men and women:
|Siyabonga Cwele||State security minister||South Africa||Force|
|Cobus de Swardt||Transparency International managing director||South Africa||Good|
|Ivan Glasenberg||Glencore CEO||South Africa||Money|
|Pravin Gordhan||Finance minister||South Africa||Money|
|Andrew Mackenzie*||BHP Billiton CEO||South Africa||Money|
|Maite Nkoana-Mashabane||Foreign minister||South Africa||Politics|
|Navi Pillay||U.N. high commissioner for human rights||South Africa||Good|
|Helen Zille||Democratic Alliance leader||South Africa||Politics|
|Jacob Zuma||President||South Africa||Politics|
* Not South African but listed as such
Foreign Policy distinguishes what each listed person is most notable for, splitting them into categories: force, money, politics, bully pulpit, brains, good and evil.
“Where possible, we took a ‘list of lists’ approach, consulting the authoritative rankings for a given industry and substituting judgment where quantitative assessments do not exist,” the magazine said.
Among the sources used for the list, Foreign Policy noted that it looked at sources from Forbes, Fortune, Global Journal, Institute of Media and Communications, SIPRI, Times,Wall Street Journal and Reuters.