Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Elon Musk and the President of Egypt, Abdel el-Sisi are the only Africans in the Forbes Most Powerful People in the World list. Elon Musk was placed at number 38; Aliko Dangote was placed at number 71 while President Abdel el-Sisi was placed at number 49.
To compile the list, Forbes considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. First, we asked whether the candidate has power over lots of people.
Next Forbes assessed the financial resources controlled by each person. Are they relatively large compared to their peers? For heads of state they used GDP, while for CEOs, they looked at measures like their company’s assets and revenues. When candidates have a high personal net worth they also took that into consideration.
Then they determined if the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres. There are only 73 slots on our list – one for every 100 million people on the planet – so being powerful in just one area is often not enough.
Lastly, they made sure that the candidates actively used their power.
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