50 Most Influential (Bloomberg Markets ranking)

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The 50 Most Influential ranking has been published by Bloomberg Markets since 2011, annually featuring 50 individuals with "the ability to move markets or shape ideas and policies." According to Bloomberg Markets, the list is composed on the basis of recommendations and assessments by Bloomberg News journalists in 150 bureaus in the United States and internationally.

The ranking has repeatedly been used as a reference or even as a news topic by news media other than Bloomberg, particularly in 2015 when political leaders were included.[1][2][3][4]


2016 ranking[edit]

The 2016 ranking abandoned the prior rankings' five or six categories, and was a straightforward ranking from most to least influential among the 50:

2015 ranking[edit]

The 2015 ranking was published in the November 2015 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[5] Unlike previous rankings, it included heads of state and government, and ranked all individuals mentioned from 1 (Janet Yellen) to 50 (Ruchir Sharma). It also added a sixth category compared with previous rankings, focused on technological innovation and venture capital.

2014 ranking[edit]

The 2014 ranking was published in the October 2014 issue of Bloomberg Markets.

2013 ranking[edit]

The 2013 ranking was published in the October 2013 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[6]

2012 ranking[edit]

The 2012 ranking was published in the October 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[7]

2011 ranking[edit]

The 2011 ranking was published in the October 2011 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[8]

Multiple appearances[edit]

Listed six times[edit]

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  1. ^ Jonathan Chew (October 5, 2015). "This woman just topped the Bloomberg Markets 'Most Influential' list". Fortune.
  2. ^ Madhura Karnik (October 5, 2015). "Modi enters Bloomberg Markets' Most Influential 50 list, but Raghuram Rajan's out". Quartz India.
  3. ^ Vivienne Zeng (October 6, 2015). "Next Media's Jimmy Lai on list of world's 50 most influential people". Hong Kong Free Press.
  4. ^ Joanna Law (October 7, 2015). "Bloomberg Names Xi Jinping World's 2nd Most Influential Figure". China-US Focus. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 2015). "Bloomberg Markets Most Influential". Bloomberg.
  6. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 4, 2013). "Most Influential 50's New Names Show Shakeup in Finance". Bloomberg.
  7. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 5, 2012). "Most Influential 50 in 2012 Shows Turmoil: Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg.
  8. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 7, 2011). "Most Influential 50 in Global Finance List: Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg.