Considering how many of us are on Earth at any given time, it is frightening to think that a select few are what makes it turn. This list, originally compiled by Forbes, is compiled based on four factors. These factors include whether or not the male or female individual is in a role of power over others, the second is what financial resources the candidate personally controls. The third factor is whether the candidate exercises power in multiple spheres, and finally, that they do indeed exert their power.

The world is constantly and rapidly changing and is often in a state of unsteady balance, but below are the 20 most powerful men and women running the world today.

#20 – Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister, Israel.

#19 – Jamie Dimon

CEO, JPMorgan Chase

#18 – Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Grand Ayatollah, Iran

#17 – Carlos Slim Helu

Chair, Grupo Carso

#16 – Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

King, Saudi Arabia

#15 – Warren Buffett

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

#14 – Jeff Bezos

CEO, Amazon

#13 – Theresa May

Prime Minister, U.K.

#12 – Li Keqiang

Premier, China

#11 – Mario Draghi

President, European Central Bank

#10 – Mark Zuckerberg

CEO, Facebook

#9 – Narendra Modi

Prime Minister, India

#8 – Larry Page

President, Alphabet

#7 – Bill Gates

Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

#6 – Janet Yellen

Chair, Federal Reserve

#5 – Pope Francis

Pope, Roman Catholic Church

#4 – Xi Jinping

General Secretary, Communist Party Of China

#3 – Angela Merkel

Chancellor, Germany

#2 – Donald Trump

President, U.S.

#1 – Vladimir Putin

President, Russia

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