“In business, government, philanthropy and the arts, and all over the globe, these men and women are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.”

1. Theo Epstein – President, Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs

2. Jack Ma – Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

3. Pope Francis

4. Melinda Gates – Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5. Jeff Bezos – Founder and CEO, Amazon

Other sports, media and entertainment

6. Ava DuVernay, film director and screenwriter

11. LeBron James, NBA star

19. Samantha Bee, host and executive producer

25. Carmen Aristegui, Mexican journalist

27. Shakira, singer, songwriter and producer

42. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer

46. Chance the Rapper, musician and activist

47. Hu Shuli, editor-in-chief of Caixin Media

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