by Stanley Azuakola
Influential US magazine Foreign Policy (FP) has released its inaugural list of 500 most powerful people on the planet, and three Nigerians made the cut.
Goodluck Jonathan, Aliko Dangote and William Kumuyi, made it into the list of what the magazine called the 0.000007 percent.
The names mentioned on the FP Power Map include presidents, business men, politicians, clerics, military commanders, and even terrorists.
The magazine however did not describe in detail the level of influence wielded by the individuals on the list.
In a short explanatory note, the magazine wrote: “Is it possible to identify the 500 most powerful individuals on the planet — one in 14 million? That’s what we tried to do with the inaugural FP Power Map, our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion. Think of it as a list of all the most important other lists. Here’s how they stack up — and why (sorry, declinists!) Americans are still No. 1 in pretty much everything that matters. For now.
“Where possible, we took a “list of lists” approach, consulting the authoritative rankings for a given industry and substituting judgment where quantitative assessments do not exist. Among our sources: Box Office Mojo Yearly Box Office, Citypopulation.de by Thomas Brinkoff, Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes World’s Most Powerful People, Global Finance World’s 50 Biggest Banks, Fortune Global 500, Global Journal Top 100 NGOs, Institute of Media and Communications Policy International Media Corporations, Pensions & Investments/Towers Watson World 500, PFC Energy 50, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database and SIPRI Top 100 companies, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Fund Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Thomson Reuters, Vanity Fair New Establishment List, Wall Street Journal MarketWatch World’s Largest Mutual Funds.”
William Kumuyi, who is the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Christian Ministry, was mentioned as having the world’s largest megachurch, with weekly attendance of 75,000 people.
On Dangote, the magazine noted that “in the last 10 years, Asia and Latin America have burst into the scene with seven new billionaires in the Top 50 – and so has Africa, which now has a billionaire of its own, Aliko Dangote, a cement and sugar magnate from Nigeria.”
President Goodluck Jonathan also made the list, even though he was not mentioned in the side note.
See the full list here