Zuma, Zille make global power list

2013-05-03 08:26

Nine South Africans, including President Jacob Zuma and DA leader Helen Zille, made the list of global magazine Foreign Policy’s 500 most powerful people.

“Think of it as a list of all the most important other lists,” it described the list on its website.

“[It is] our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion.”

Foreign Policy describes itself as a global magazine on politics, economics, and ideas.

Other South Africans on the list include State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Transparency International managing director Cobus de Swardt, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie.

Foreign Affairs Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and United Nations high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay also made the list.

South African-born and raised entrepreneur Elon Musk, who co-founded PayPal and founded SpaceX, made it onto the list, but as an American entrepreneur.

The “power keys” according to which the 500 were judged include good, evil, politics, money, brains, bully pulpit, and force.

Other Africans who made it onto the list include Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Gambian International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Nigerian Dangote Group CEO and president Aliko Dangote.

On the list are American President and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, former British prime minister Tony Blair, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis, and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Various business people and founders, including Bill Gates, Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, also made the list.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.