The List

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  1. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
    Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan


  2. Enrique Pena Nieto
    Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico


  3. Felipe VI
    Felipe VI, King of Spain


  4. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina


  5. Joseph Kabila
    Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


  6. Henri
    Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg


  7. Pedro Passos Coelho
    Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal


  8. Rafael Correa
    Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador


  9. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic
    Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia


  10. Dmitry Medvedev
    Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia


  11. Ollanta Humala
    Ollanta Humala, President of Peru


  12. Barack Obama
    Barack Obama, President of the United States of America


  13. Alexander Lukashenko
    Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus


  14. Portia Simpson Miller
    Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica


  15. Lee Hsien Loong
    Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore


  16. Chiril Gaburici
    Chiril Gaburici, Prime Minister of Moldova


  17. John Dramani Mahama
    John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana


  18. Otto Perez Molina
    Otto Pérez Molina, President of Guatemala


  19. Ma Ying-Jeou
    Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan


  20. Edi Rama
    Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania


  21. Mark Rutte
    Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands


  22. Anote Tong
    Anote Tong, President of Kiribati


  23. Taavi Roivas
    Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia


  24. Rosen Plevneliev
    Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria


  25. Kaj Leo Johannesen
    Kaj Leo Johannesen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands


  26. Zoran Milanović
    Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia


  27. Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin, President of Russia


  28. Roosevelt Skerrit
    Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica


  29. Borut Pahor
    Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia


  30. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
    Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, President of Turkmenistan


  31. Kamla Persad-Bissessar
    Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago


  32. Ian Khama
    Ian Khama, President of Botswana


  33. Jose Maria Neves
    José Maria Neves, Prime Minister of Cape Verde


  34. Pierre Nkurunziza
    Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi


  35. Jose Mario Vaz
    José Mário Vaz, President of Guinea-Bissau


  36. Viktor Orban
    Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary


  37. Victor Ponta
    Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania


  38. Evo Morales
    Evo Morales, President of Bolivia


  39. Milo Đukanović
    Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro


  40. Benjamin Netanyahu
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel


  41. Tony Abbott
    Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia


  42. Matteo Renzi
    Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy


  43. Muhammadu Buhari
    Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria


  44. Alassane Ouattara
    Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast


  45. Andrzej Duda
    Andrzej Duda, President of Poland


  46. Ranil Wickremesinghe
    Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka


  47. Dilma Rousseff
    Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil


  48. John Key
    John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand


  49. Simonetta Sommaruga
    Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland


  50. Joko Widodo
    Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia


  51. Abdullah II
    Abdullah II, King of Jordan


  52. Keith Mitchell
    Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada


  53. Jakaya Kikwete
    Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania


  54. David Cameron
    David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


  55. Denis Sassou Nguesso
    Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo


  56. Desi Bouterse
    Dési Bouterse, President of Suriname


  57. Norodom Sihamoni
    Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia


  58. Shinzo Abe
    Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan


  59. Margrethe II
    Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark


  60. Juha Sipilä
    Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland


  61. Nursultan Nazarbayev
    Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan


  62. Mariano Rajoy
    Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain


  63. Catherine Samba-Panza
    Catherine Samba-Panza, Acting President of the Central African Republic


  64. Faure Gnassingbe
    Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo


  65. Albert II
    Albert II, Prince of Monaco


  66. Werner Faymann
    Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria


  67. Lars Løkke Rasmussen
    Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark


  68. Ewa Kopacz
    Ewa Kopacz, Prime Minister of Poland


  69. Klaus Iohannis
    Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania


  70. Enda Kenny
    Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland


  71. Anibal Cavaco Silva
    Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal


  72. Sam Hinds
    Sam Hinds, Prime Minister of Guyana


  73. Willem-Alexander
    Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands


  74. Park Geun-hye
    Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea


  75. Haider al-Abadi
    Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq


  76. Jose Eduardo dos Santos
    José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola


  77. Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
    Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar


  78. Rui Maria de Araújo
    Rui Maria de Araújo, Prime Minister of East Timor


  79. Denis Zvizdić
    Denis Zvizdić, Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina


  80. Michel Martelly
    Michel Martelly, President of Haiti


  81. Sergio Mattarella
    Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy


  82. Michelle Bachelet
    Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile


  83. Salvador Sanchez Ceren
    Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador


  84. Tommy Remengesau
    Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau


  85. Isaias Afewerki
    Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea


  86. Hans-Adam II
    Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein


  87. Elizabeth II
    Elizabeth II, Queen regnant of the United Kingdom


  88. Hery Rajaonarimampianina
    Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President Madagascar


  89. Ashraf Ghani
    Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan


  90. Akihito
    Akihito, Emperor of Japan


  91. Karolos Papoulias
    Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece


  92. Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany


  93. Qaboos bin Said al Said
    Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman


  94. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
    Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali


  95. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt


  96. Abdulla Yameen
    Abdulla Yameen, President of the Maldives


  97. Erna Solberg
    Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway


  98. Yoweri Museveni
    Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda


  99. Charles Michel
    Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium


  100. Francois Hollande
    François Hollande, President of France


  101. Juan Carlos Varela
    Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama


  102. Mahamadou Issoufou
    Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger


  103. James Michel
    James Michel, President of the Seychelles


  104. Abdelmalek Sellal
    Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria


  105. Abdul Halim of Kedah
    Abdul Halim of Kedah, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia


  106. Stephen Harper
    Stephen Harper , Prime Minister of Canada


  107. Ahmet Davutoglu
    Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey


  108. Narendra Modi
    Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India


  109. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
    Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia


  110. Juan Manuel Santos
    Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia


  111. Mahmoud Abbas
    Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority


  112. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
    Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of Somalia


  113. Horacio Cartes
    Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay


  114. Bujar Nishani
    Bujar Nishani, President of Albania


  115. Hailemariam Desalegn
    Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia


  116. Hassan Rouhani
    Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran


  117. Tabare Vazquez
    Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay


  118. Kenny Anthony
    Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of St. Lucia


  119. Nikola Gruevski
    Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Macedonia


  120. Ali Bongo Ondimba
    Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon


  121. Danilo Medina
    Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic


  122. Noynoy Aquino
    Noynoy Aquino, President of the Philippines


  123. Mswati III
    Mswati III ,King of Swaziland


  124. Andris Berzins
    Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia


  125. Pope Francis
    Pope Francis, Sovereign of Vatican City


  126. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia


  127. Edgar Lungu
    Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia


  128. Mamnoon Hussain
    Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan


  129. Thongsing Thammavong
    Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Laos


  130. Manuel Pinto da Costa
    Manuel Pinto da Costa, President of São Tomé and Príncipe


  131. Manny Mori
    Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia


  132. Christopher Loeak
    Christopher Loeak, President of the Marshall Islands


  133. Emomalii Rahmon
    Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan


  134. Perry Christie
    Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas


  135. Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah
    Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain


  136. Sheikh Hasina Wazed
    Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh


  137. Ernest Bai Koroma
    Ernest Bai KoromaPresident of Sierra Leone


  138. Tomislav Nikolic
    Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia


  139. Petro Poroshenko
    Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine


  140. Nicolas Maduro
    Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela


  141. George Abela
    George Abela, President of Malta


  142. Yayi Boni
    Yayi Boni, President of Benin


  143. Robert Fico
    Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia


  144. Dalia Grybauskaite
    Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania


  145. Giorgi Margvelashvili
    Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia


  146. Luis Guillermo Solis
    Luis Guillermo Solís , President of Costa Rica


  147. Dean Barrow
    Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize


  148. Freundel Stuart
    Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados


  149. Salman
    Salman, King of Saudi Arabia


  150. Nguyen Tan Dung
    Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of Vietnam


  151. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
    Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea


  152. Mohammed VI
    Mohammed VI, King of Morocco


  153. Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
    Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait


  154. Juan Orlando Hernandez
    Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras


  155. Timothy Harris
    Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis


  156. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
    Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania


  157. Peter O’Neill
    Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papau New Guinea


  158. Janos Ader
    János Áder, President of Hungary


  159. Daniel Ortega
    Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua


  160. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria


  161. Uhuru Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya


  162. Islam Karimov
    Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan


  163. Ismail Omar Guelleh
    Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti


  164. Miro Cerar
    Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia


  165. Hifikepunye Pohamba
    Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia


  166. Michael Higgins
    Michael Higgins, President of Ireland


  167. Ikililou Dhoinine
    Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Comoros


  168. Armando Guebuza
    Armando Guebuza, President of Mozambique


  169. Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsso
    Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsso, Prime Minister of Iceland


  170. Artur Rasizade
    Artur Rasizade, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan


  171. Tammam Salam
    Tammam Salam, President of Lebanon (Acting)


  172. Miloš Zeman
    Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic


  173. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates


  174. Gaston Browne
    Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda


  175. Joyce Banda
    Joyce Banda, President of Malawi


  176. Joachim Gauck
    Joachim Gauck, President of Germany


  177. Alpha Conde
    Alpha Condé, President of Guinea


  178. Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand


  179. Letsie III
    Letsie III, King of Lesotho


  180. Serzh Sargsyan
    Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia


  181. Nicos Anastasiades
    Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus


  182. Hassanal Bolkiah
    Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei


  183. Idriss Deby
    Idriss Déby, President of Chad


  184. Carl XVI Gustaf
    Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden


  185. Anerood Jugnauth
    Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius


  186. Harald V
    Harald V, King of Norway


  187. Omar al-Bashir
    Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan


  188. Jacob Zuma
    Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa


  189. Raul Castro
    Raúl Castro, President of Cuba


  190. Bashar al Assad
    Bashar al Assad, President of Syria


  191. Thein Sein
    Thein Sein, President of Myanmar


  192. Macky Sall
    Macky Sall, President of Senegal


  193. Paul Kagame
    Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda


  194. Xi Jinping
    Xi Jinping, President of China


  195. Baron Waqa
    Baron Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru


  196. Robert Mugabe
    Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe


  197. Ilham Aliyev
    Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan


  198. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
    Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa


  199. Kim Jong-un
    Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

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