The List

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  1. Helle Thorning Schmidt
    Helle Thorning-Schimdt, Prime Minister of Denmark


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


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


  4. Felipe VI
    Felipe VI, King of Spain


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


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


  7. Henri
    Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg


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


  9. Rafael Correa
    Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador


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


  11. Alexis Tsipras
    Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece


  12. Dmitry Medvedev
    Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia


  13. Ollanta Humala
    Ollanta Humala, President of Peru


  14. Alexander Lukashenko
    Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus


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


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


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


  18. Chiril Gaburici
    Chiril Gaburici, Prime Minister of Moldova


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


  20. Taavi Roivas
    Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia


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


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


  23. Edi Rama
    Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania


  24. Anote Tong
    Anote Tong, President of Kiribati


  25. Roosevelt Skerrit
    Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica


  26. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
    Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, President of Turkmenistan


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


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


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


  30. Ian Khama
    Ian Khama, President of Botswana


  31. Rosen Plevneliev
    Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria


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


  33. Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin, President of Russia


  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. Simonetta Sommaruga
    Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland


  38. Victor Ponta
    Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania


  39. Evo Morales
    Evo Morales, President of Bolivia


  40. Ewa Kopacz
    Ewa Kopacz, Prime Minister of Poland


  41. Milo Đukanović
    Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro


  42. Benjamin Netanyahu
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel


  43. Tony Abbott
    Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia


  44. Matteo Renzi
    Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy


  45. Alassane Ouattara
    Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast


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


  47. Dilma Rousseff
    Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil


  48. Muhammadu Buhari
    Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria


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


  50. Margrethe II
    Margrethe II ,Queen of Denmark


  51. Joko Widodo
    Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia


  52. Abdullah II
    Abdullah II, King of Jordan


  53. Keith Mitchell
    Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada


  54. Jakaya Kikwete
    Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania


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


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


  57. Desi Bouterse
    Dési Bouterse, President of Suriname


  58. Norodom Sihamoni
    Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia


  59. Shinzo Abe
    Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan


  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. Sergio Mattarella
    Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy


  66. Werner Faymann
    Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria


  67. Klaus Iohannis
    Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania


  68. Enda Kenny
    Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland


  69. Albert II
    Albert II, Prince of Monaco


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


  71. Sam Hinds
    Sam Hinds, Prime Minister of Guyana


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  79. Michel Martelly
    Michel Martelly, President of Haiti


  80. Michelle Bachelet
    Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile


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


  82. Tommy Remengesau
    Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau


  83. Isaias Afewerki
    Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea


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


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


  86. Hery Rajaonarimampianina
    Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President Madagascar


  87. Ashraf Ghani
    Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan


  88. Akihito
    Akihito, Emperor of Japan


  89. Karolos Papoulias
    Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece


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


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


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


  93. Abdulla Yameen
    Abdulla Yameen, President of the Maldives


  94. Erna Solberg
    Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway


  95. Yoweri Museveni
    Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda


  96. Charles Michel
    Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium


  97. Francois Hollande
    François Hollande, President of France


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


  99. Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany


  100. Abdelmalek Sellal
    Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria


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


  102. Mahamadou Issoufou
    Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger


  103. Stephen Harper
    Stephen Harper , Prime Minister of Canada


  104. Ahmet Davutoglu
    Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey


  105. Narendra Modi
    Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India


  106. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
    Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia


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


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


  109. James Michel
    James Michel, President of the Seychelles


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


  111. Horacio Cartes
    Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay


  112. Bujar Nishani
    Bujar Nishani, President of Albania


  113. Hailemariam Desalegn
    Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia


  114. Hassan Rouhani
    Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran


  115. Tabare Vazquez
    Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay


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


  117. Nikola Gruevski
    Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Macedonia


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


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


  120. Noynoy Aquino
    Noynoy Aquino, President of the Philippines


  121. Mswati III
    Mswati III ,King of Swaziland


  122. Andris Berzins
    Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia


  123. Pope Francis
    Pope Francis, Sovereign of Vatican City


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


  125. Edgar Lungu
    Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia


  126. Mamnoon Hussain
    Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan


  127. Thongsing Thammavong
    Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Laos


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


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


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


  131. Emomalii Rahmon
    Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan


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


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


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


  135. Ernest Bai Koroma
    Ernest Bai KoromaPresident of Sierra Leone


  136. Tomislav Nikolic
    Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia


  137. Petro Poroshenko
    Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine


  138. Nicolas Maduro
    Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela


  139. George Abela
    George Abela, President of Malta


  140. Yayi Boni
    Yayi Boni, President of Benin


  141. Robert Fico
    Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia


  142. Dalia Grybauskaite
    Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania


  143. Giorgi Margvelashvili
    Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia


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


  145. Dean Barrow
    Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize


  146. Freundel Stuart
    Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados


  147. Salman
    Salman, King of Saudi Arabia


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


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


  150. Mohammed VI
    Mohammed VI, King of Morocco


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


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


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


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


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


  156. Janos Ader
    János Áder, President of Hungary


  157. Daniel Ortega
    Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua


  158. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria


  159. Uhuru Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya


  160. Islam Karimov
    Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan


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


  162. Miro Cerar
    Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia


  163. Hifikepunye Pohamba
    Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia


  164. Michael Higgins
    Michael Higgins, President of Ireland


  165. Ikililou Dhoinine
    Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Comoros


  166. Armando Guebuza
    Armando Guebuza, President of Mozambique


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


  168. Artur Rasizade
    Artur Rasizade, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan


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


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


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


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


  173. Joyce Banda
    Joyce Banda, President of Malawi


  174. Joachim Gauck
    Joachim Gauck, President of Germany


  175. Alpha Conde
    Alpha Condé, President of Guinea


  176. Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand


  177. Letsie III
    Letsie III, King of Lesotho


  178. Serzh Sargsyan
    Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia


  179. Nicos Anastasiades
    Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus


  180. Hassanal Bolkiah
    Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei


  181. Idriss Deby
    Idriss Déby, President of Chad


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


  183. Anerood Jugnauth
    Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius


  184. Harald V
    Harald V, King of Norway


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


  186. Jacob Zuma
    Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa


  187. Raul Castro
    Raúl Castro, President of Cuba


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


  189. Thein Sein
    Thein Sein, President of Myanmar


  190. Macky Sall
    Macky Sall, President of Senegal


  191. Paul Kagame
    Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda


  192. Xi Jinping
    Xi Jinping, President of China


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


  194. Robert Mugabe
    Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe


  195. Ilham Aliyev
    Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan


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


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

2,838 comments

  1. 114. Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of ‘Macedonia’

    There is no official recognized state by this name.
    The country you want to mention is called FYROM (Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).
    Macedonia is a region in Northern Greece. In the history, Macedonia has been the origin of Alexander the Great, the most famous Greek ever.

  2. Hmm It seems there is a clear political motivation behind this list. Otherwise, I cannot understand how Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy can be in position nr 60. I would definitevely put him after Bashar al Assad… and probably also Kim Jong Un, if it is up to me.

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