Fortune Magazine has released their 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has been named amongst 50 influential people.
The rankings dip into many elements of society, from heads of government and religion to entertainers, athletes, and corporate executives.
Featured alongside Chimamanda on Fortune’s 2017 list are notable world figures such as Pope Francis, film director Ava DuVernay, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, former Vice President Joe Biden, singer Shakira, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, LeBron James and Chance the Rapper. Interestingly, President Donald Trump is not on the list.
At the top of the list is Chicago Cubs baseball team president Theo Epstein, followed closely in second place by business mogul Jack Ma of AliBaba group of companies.
Catholic leader Pope Francis was placed in the third position for his social integration projects as a clergy. The pontiff moved up one spot from four to three from 2016’s list.
Chimamanda Adichie was ranked number 42 on the list while the top-ranked woman is Melinda Gates, coming in fourth place in recognition of the impact of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which she co-chairs. Her husband, Bill Gates, is nowhere on the list.
Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who topped the 2016 list, fell to No. 5 on this year’s list.
Other notables in the top 10 include Director Ava Duvernay at sixth place recognized for her directorial work in Academy Award winning film, Selma and her forthcoming Disney adaptation, “A Wrinkle in Time”.
Also on the list are national security adviser H.R. McMaster (7) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (10). Celebrated basketball player, LeBron James, the second sports figure to make the list is placed at 11th position.
The list also features comedienne Samantha Bee at 19th position. Colombian music superstar Shakira is at 27 for her philanthropic work through her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) school foundation.
Chance the Rapper checks in at number 46, the 23-year-old hip-hop star is commended for his willingness to remain an independent artist and release his music for free and his education philanthropy in his Illinois, Chicago hometown.
Wondering how Chance, who is still a relative neophyte compared to music moguls such as Jay-Z, made the list?Fortune answers that by noting how his “Coloring book” mixtape became the first streaming-only recording to win a Grammy.
According to the magazine, the recipients were ranked within their respective fields, not against each other