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. John Dramani Mahama
    John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana


  19. Taavi Roivas
    Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia


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


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


  22. Edi Rama
    Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania


  23. Anote Tong
    Anote Tong, President of Kiribati


  24. Roosevelt Skerrit
    Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica


  25. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
    Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan


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


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


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


  29. Ian Khama
    Ian Khama, President of Botswana


  30. Rosen Plevneliev
    Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria


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


  32. Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin, President of Russia


  33. Pierre Nkurunziza
    Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi


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


  35. Viktor Orban
    Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary


  36. Simonetta Sommaruga
    Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland


  37. Victor Ponta
    Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania


  38. Evo Morales
    Evo Morales, President of Bolivia


  39. Ewa Kopacz
    Ewa Kopacz, Prime Minister of Poland


  40. Milo Đukanović
    Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro


  41. Benjamin Netanyahu
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel


  42. Tony Abbott
    Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia


  43. Matteo Renzi
    Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy


  44. Alassane Ouattara
    Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast


  45. Dilma Rousseff
    Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil


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


  47. Margrethe II
    Margrethe II ,Queen of Denmark


  48. Joko Widodo
    Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia


  49. Abdullah II
    Abdullah II, King of Jordan


  50. Keith Mitchell
    Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada


  51. Alexander Stubb
    Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland


  52. Jakaya Kikwete
    Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania


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


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


  55. Desi Bouterse
    Dési Bouterse, President of Suriname


  56. Norodom Sihamoni
    Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia


  57. Shinzo Abe
    Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan


  58. Denzil Douglas
    Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis


  59. Nursultan Nazarbayev
    Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan


  60. Mariano Rajoy
    Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain


  61. Faure Gnassingbe
    Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo


  62. Werner Faymann
    Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria


  63. Klaus Iohannis
    Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania


  64. Enda Kenny
    Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland


  65. Albert II
    Albert II, Prince of Monaco


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


  67. Sam Hinds
    Sam Hinds, Prime Minister of Guyana


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


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


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


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


  72. Asif Ali Zardari
    Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan


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


  74. Xanana Gusmao
    Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of East Timor


  75. Michel Martelly
    Michel Martelly, President of Haiti


  76. Michelle Bachelet
    Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile


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


  78. Tommy Remengesau
    Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau


  79. Isaias Afewerki
    Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea


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


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


  82. Hery Rajaonarimampianina
    Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President Madagascar


  83. Ashraf Ghani
    Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan


  84. Akihito
    Akihito, Emperor of Japan


  85. Karolos Papoulias
    Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece


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


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


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


  89. Abdulla Yameen
    Abdulla Yameen, President of the Maldives


  90. Erna Solberg
    Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway


  91. Yoweri Museveni
    Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda


  92. Charles Michel
    Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium


  93. Francois Hollande
    François Hollande, President of France


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


  95. Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany


  96. Abdelmalek Sellal
    Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria


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


  98. Mahamadou Issoufou
    Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger


  99. Stephen Harper
    Stephen Harper , Prime Minister of Canada


  100. Ahmet Davutoglu
    Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey


  101. Narendra Modi
    Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India


  102. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
    Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia


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


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


  105. James Michel
    James Michel, President of the Seychelles


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


  107. Horacio Cartes
    Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay


  108. Bujar Nishani
    Bujar Nishani, President of Albania


  109. Baldwin Spencer
    Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda


  110. Hailemariam Desalegn
    Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia


  111. Hassan Rouhani
    Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran


  112. Tabare Vazquez
    Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay


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


  114. Nikola Gruevski
    Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Macedonia


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


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


  117. Noynoy Aquino
    Noynoy Aquino, President of the Philippines


  118. Mswati III
    Mswati III ,King of Swaziland


  119. Andris Berzins
    Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia


  120. Navin Ramgoolam
    Navin Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius


  121. Pope Francis
    Pope Francis, Sovereign of Vatican City


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


  123. Edgar Lungu
    Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia


  124. Thongsing Thammavong
    Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Laos


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


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


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


  128. Emomalii Rahmon
    Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan


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


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


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


  132. Ernest Bai Koroma
    Ernest Bai KoromaPresident of Sierra Leone


  133. Tomislav Nikolic
    Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia


  134. Petro Poroshenko
    Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine


  135. Nicolas Maduro
    Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela


  136. George Abela
    George Abela, President of Malta


  137. Yayi Boni
    Yayi Boni, President of Benin


  138. Robert Fico
    Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia


  139. Dalia Grybauskaite
    Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania


  140. Giorgi Margvelashvili
    Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia


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


  142. Dean Barrow
    Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize


  143. Freundel Stuart
    Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados


  144. Salman
    Salman, King of Saudi Arabia


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


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


  147. Mohammed VI
    Mohammed VI, King of Morocco


  148. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet
    Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, President of the Central African Republic


  149. D. M. Jayaratne
    D. M. Jayaratne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka


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


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


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


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


  154. Janos Ader
    János Áder, President of Hungary


  155. Daniel Ortega
    Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua


  156. Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf
    Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, Prime Minister of Mauritania


  157. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria


  158. Uhuru Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya


  159. Iurie Leanca
    Iurie Leancă, Prime Minister of Moldova


  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. Joyce Banda
    Joyce Banda, President of Malawi


  173. Joachim Gauck
    Joachim Gauck, President of Germany


  174. Giorgio Napolitano
    Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy


  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. Harald V
    Harald V, King of Norway


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


  185. Jacob Zuma
    Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa


  186. Raul Castro
    Raúl Castro, President of Cuba


  187. Vjekoslav Bevanda
    Vjekoslav Bevanda, Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina


  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

2,834 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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