50 Most Influential (Bloomberg ranking)

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The 50 Most Influential ranking has been published by Bloomberg Media since 2011, annually featuring 50 individuals or initiatives with "the ability to move markets or shape ideas and policies".

Initially published in Bloomberg Markets until the 2016 edition. Bloomberg Businessweek took over from 2017 onwards.[1]

According to Bloomberg Media, the list is composed on the basis of recommendations and assessments by Bloomberg 's journalists and analysts in the United States and internationally as well as data from Bloomberg Terminal.[1]

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.[2][3][4][5]


2018 ranking[edit]

The 2018 list featured other separated groups such us The Usual Suspects, for recurring appearing people, and also Ones to Watch, some of which nominated for 2018's ranking. It was published in the Bloomberg Businessweek issue of the 10th of December 2018.[6]

2017 ranking[edit]

The 2017 list featured a new categorization of individuals and eliminated the ranked positions. It was published in the Bloomberg Businessweek issue of the 4th of December 2017.[7]

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. It was published in the Bloomberg Businessweek issue of the October 2016.[8]

2015 ranking[edit]

The 2015 ranking was published in the November 2015 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[9] 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.[10]

2013 ranking[edit]

The 2013 ranking was published in the October 2013 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[11]

2012 ranking[edit]

The 2012 ranking was published in the October 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[12]

2011 ranking[edit]

The 2011 ranking was published in the October 2011 issue of Bloomberg Markets.[13]

Multiple appearances[edit]

Listed six times[edit]

Listed five times[edit]

Listed four times[edit]

Listed three times[edit]


  1. ^ a b "'The Bloomberg 50' Will Honor Icons and Innovators Who Changed Global Business in 2017". Bloomberg L.P. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  2. ^ Jonathan Chew (October 5, 2015). "This woman just topped the Bloomberg Markets 'Most Influential' list". Fortune.
  3. ^ Madhura Karnik (October 5, 2015). "Modi enters Bloomberg Markets' Most Influential 50 list, but Raghuram Rajan's out". Quartz India.
  4. ^ Vivienne Zeng (October 6, 2015). "Next Media's Jimmy Lai on list of world's 50 most influential people". Hong Kong Free Press.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The Bloomberg 50 (2018)". Bloomberg Businessweek. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  7. ^ "The Bloomberg 50 (2017)". Bloomberg Businessweek. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  8. ^ Dieterich, Robert (September 22, 2016). "Bloomberg's Fifty Most Influential". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on September 26, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 2015). "Bloomberg Markets Most Influential". Bloomberg.
  10. ^ Dieterich, Robert (September 8, 2014). "Most Influential 50 Are the Bankers, Investors Who Move Markets". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 4, 2013). "Most Influential 50's New Names Show Shakeup in Finance". Bloomberg.
  12. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 5, 2012). "Most Influential 50 in 2012 Shows Turmoil: Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg.
  13. ^ Robert S. Dieterich (September 7, 2011). "Most Influential 50 in Global Finance List: Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg.