True power is ageless.

From the toddling Prince George, third in line to the British throne, to 100-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk, we found the most powerful person at every age from 1 to 100.

To create this list, we took four criteria into consideration: command, or the degree to which a person formally controls a group of people; past influence, or how much a person has changed the world; future influence, or how much a person is likely to change the world going forward; and net worth.

Spanning industries and time zones, these are the most powerful people, from 1 to 100.

AGE 1: Prince George of Cambridge

Heir to the British throne

What makes him powerful: After his grandfather and father, little George is next in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. As an eight-month-old he took his first royal tour — a 19-day visit to New Zealand and Australia. He's also a tiny fashion icon, and he recently became a big brother to new princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.



AGE 2: Macallister Bogue

Son of Marissa Mayer and Zach Bogue

What makes him powerful: While he's only a couple of years old, Bogue, son of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, still influences his mom's outlook at work. Though Mayer herself only took a few weeks off after giving birth, she doubled the amount of paid maternity leave Yahoo offers new mothers from eight to 16 weeks and offered new dads eight weeks as well.



AGE 3: Blue Ivy Carter

Daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z

What makes her powerful: Nothing is too good for this power couple's little girl. Blue Ivy's second birthday was celebrated at the exotic Jungle Island in Miami; for her third, Blue got an ice sculpture with her name carved into it. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is good friends with the Knowles-Carter clan, said of Blue Ivy: "She is a powerhouse. I love her so much."



AGE 4: Ryker Wixom

Instagram star

What makes him powerful: Better known by his Instagram handle, @ministylehacker, Wixom is a breakout fashion icon at only four years old. Styled by his mom, Collette Wixom, Ryker poses in outfits identical to celebrities like Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum in photos that are then posted side by side. He's amassed over 259,000 followers on Instagram and garnered more than 16,000 likes on Facebook, and brands have even started reaching out with sponsorship opportunities, turning the account from a fun project into a viable business for the Wixoms.



AGE 5: Miles Hideo Williams

Son of Twitter founder Evan Williams

What makes him powerful: When Evan Williams and his wife, Sara Morishige, welcomed their first child into the world, the new mom live-tweeted her labor. Following in dad's footsteps, Miles locked down the Twitter handle @miles and currently has 48 followers on his private account.



AGE 6: Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

Daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

What makes her powerful: Not only is Jolie-Pitt the daughter of two award-winning actors — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — but she's stepping into the spotlight herself these days. Vivienne made her film debut in last year's Maleficent, playing the young Aurora opposite her mom and Elle Fanning.



AGE 7: Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

Actress

What makes her powerful: For as long as she can remember, Anderson-Emmons has been playing Lily, Cam and Mitchell's adopted daughter, on the ABC show "Modern Family." Between shoots, the young star has been in two short films and has won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series three years in a row.



AGE 8: Rosie McClelland

Singer

What makes her powerful: After a video of McClelland and cousin Sophia Grace Brownlee singing and dancing to Nicki Minaj's "Superbass" went viral and caught the attention of TV host Ellen DeGeneres, the pair became instant celebrities. DeGeneres invited the girls on her show, where they starred in a recurring segment called "Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie." They also nabbed spots on Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat," and helped DeGeneres accept the Choice Comedian award at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Last May, they released their first movie, "Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure," which earned each girl some serious cash.



AGE 9: Evan of EvanTubeHD

YouTube star

What makes him powerful: Evan is the host of EvanTubeHD, a YouTube toy-review channel that gets more than 875,000 views per video. He is one of the youngest, and wealthiest, stars on YouTube. Evan makes $1.3 million a year and has even appeared on the "Today" show.



AGE 10: Kelly Xu

Golfer

What makes her powerful: Xu has achieved what many female pro golfers can only aspire to achieve: the title of Augusta National champion. The 10-year-old won the girls nine-and-under division last year, making her the first female champion crowned at Augusta National Golf Club — not just in her age group, but ever. Xu said the win was the best day of her life.



AGE 11: Quvenzhané Wallis

Actress

What makes her powerful: She's still the youngest actress to receive a best actress Oscar nom, which she got for her role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." She received a Golden Globe nomination (and a $750,000 salary) for playing the lead role in the recent "Annie" remake. Wallis will be in "Fathers and Daughters," which comes out this year, and has announced another movie, "Counting by 7s," with a to-be-determined release date.



AGE 12: Romeo Beckham

Son of David and Victoria Beckham

What makes him powerful: He might have famous parents, but Beckham is emerging as a fashion icon in his own right. The 12-year-old took the No. 25 spot on GQ's 2015 best-dressed men in Britain list, 21 places ahead of his stylish father. Beckham also landed a modeling contract with Burberry and starred in the company's 2014 Christmas campaign "From London With Love," which reportedly boosted Burberry sales by 14% in the last quarter of the year.



AGE 13: Sasha Obama

Daughter of President Barack Obama

What makes her powerful: Sasha Obama does whatever normal 13-year-olds do, like attend school and listen to Beyoncé. However, since she's the president's youngest daughter, there's a lot more pressure on her to appear a certain way in the public eye. But also like a normal teenager, she's apparently embarrassed to be seen with her parents, as first lady Michelle Obama revealed in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight." Just another day for the first kid of the United States.



AGE 14: Jazz Jennings

Transgender activist

What makes her powerful: Jennings made her first TV appearance back in 2007, when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters for being a six-year-old transgender girl, one of the youngest cases of someone already transitioning.

Jennings remains in the spotlight today, working to bring visibility and awareness of the lives and struggles of transgender teens. Last year she cowrote a children's book about growing up transgender, became the face of Clean and Clear's "See The Real Me" campaign, and was named one of Time's most influential teens of 2014. This summer, Jennings will star in "All That Jazz," a TLC show documenting her day-to-day life.



AGE 15: Kiernan Shipka

Actress

What makes her powerful: Having finished up her eighth year on AMC's hit series "Mad Men," Kiernan Shipka has grown up on screen. Now that the series is over, she's branching out into film, with three movies in the works for 2015. Shipka is physically powerful as well: She has a black belt in tae kwon do.



AGE 16: Rico Rodriguez

Actor 

What makes him powerful: Rodriguez keeps fans laughing as quirky Manny Delgado on ABC's "Modern Family," which is currently in its sixth season. According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez also makes a robust salary from the show, and will earn $115,000 per episode if it continues into an eighth season. Not too bad for a 16 year old. 



AGE 17: Malala Yousafzai

Girl's education activist

What makes her powerful: Yousafzai is known for her peaceful opposition to the Taliban's oppression of women and girls, especially when it comes to education. Today, girls in other countries look to her for inspiration in making their own voices heard. Yousafzai wrote a tell-all memoir, "I Am Malala," in 2013, and became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history last year. Her nonprofit aims to boost the opportunities for women and girls to learn around the world, with over $3.5 million committed to projects through 2016.



AGE 18: Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress

What makes her powerful: Best known for her roles in "Kickass," "Hugo," and the 2013 remake of "Carrie," Moretz has proven herself a talented and versatile actress. Her resume covers everything from comedy via Tina Fey's "30 Rock" to her recent stint in action opposite Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer." Later this year, Moretz will star in "Dark Places," a film based on the book of the same name by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn.



AGE 19: Kendall Jenner

Model and reality TV star

What makes her powerful: With a modeling career on the rise, it's safe to say that the 19-year-old Jenner is no longer overshadowed by her famous Kardashian sisters. She earned Estee Lauder over 50,000 new Instagram followers the day her contract with the cosmetics company went public, and she has walked in runway shows for fashion heavyweights such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Givenchy, and Chanel. With nearly 20 million Instagram followers herself, her popularity is undeniable.



AGE 20: Andrew Wiggins

Basketball player

What makes him powerful: Even before he graduated from Kansas last year, people called Wiggins the next LeBron James. So far he's living up to expectations, earning the "Rookie of the Year" title after his first season in the NBA, making him the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to take home the award. He played all 82 games this season, averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.



AGE 21: Justin Bieber

Musician

What makes him powerful: Over the past couple of years, Bieber's reputation has taken a bit of a tumble, thanks to a string of fights with paparazzi, pot-smoking allegations, and a DUI arrest, not to mention taking a hefty dose of mockery over his Calvin Klein photo shoot.

Still, as of November he's the highest-paid celebrity under 30, and he manages to maintain a good sense of humor about himself, making each of his sticky situations, if nothing else, great marketing.



AGE 22: Palmer Luckey

Founder of Oculus VR

What makes him powerful: Last year, Luckey sold Oculus VR — his virtual reality startup that creates headsets like the Oculus Rift — to Facebook for a solid $2 billion. Not only did the deal turn the 22-year-old into a billionaire, but the headset he created has changed how many people experience video games by making users feel completely immersed in the game. Oculus won't release a consumer version of the headset until early next year, but the product is already making waves.



AGE 23: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Soccer player

What makes him powerful: Despite suffering an injury in July which pulled him from the World Cup, Neymar led the Brazil national soccer team to a number of victories in the fall and winter, coming back out on top as one of the most unstoppable forces on the field. He recently told Globo TV, "I think I'm in the best form of my career." 



AGE 24: Evan Spiegel

CEO of Snapchat

What makes him powerful: Right at the fingertips of almost every young person with a smartphone, Spiegel's photo-messaging app has garnered at least 100 million users around the world, making 24-year-old Spiegel a dominant force in tech and in general.

Currently valued at around $10 billion (with Spiegel himself at $1.5 billion), Snapchat keeps evolving to keep up with users' changing wants and needs. In addition to offering disappearing photos and videos, it has added a new feature called Discover, which plays video clips from ESPN, CNN, and other content partners. The red-hot app also threatens other social media platforms: Facebook tried to buy it for more than $3 billion, but it's looking like a smart choice that Spiegel said no.



AGE 25: Taylor Swift

Musician

What makes her powerful: Swift's latest album, "1989," which was the best-selling album of 2014, made her the first woman to have three albums sell more than a million copies in a single week. With a net worth around $200 million, Swift is powerful in more than just the music industry; retail brands like Victoria's Secret use her to boost sales. Fans love her as she interacts with them directly and demonstrates a new way of keeping it real as a celebrity.



AGE 26: Kevin Durant

Basketball player

What makes him powerful: Though Durant, a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, missed most of the 2014-15 season due to injury, he's still one of the most dominant players in the NBA. In the 27 games he did play last season, Durant averaged 26 points a game, and the Thunder went 18-9. He was also named MVP in 2014 with a 51% shooting rate, 41.6% three-point shooting rate, and 90.5% free-throw shooting rate.



AGE 27: Lionel Messi

Soccer player

What makes him powerful: Like Neymar, Messi is in the prime of his soccer career — he's the highest-paid footballer in the world, earning $71 million in 2014, and also the most expensive athlete in the world, with a transfer value of over $260 million. Basically, any other team would be willing to pay top dollar to have him.



AGE 28: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Fashion moguls

What makes them powerful: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen no longer rock matching overalls; these days, they turn heads on the red carpet as bona-fide fashion moguls. The elusive sisters helm two powerful fashion houses — The Row and Elizabeth & James — and are worth a combined $300 million. They founded luxury line The Row in 2004, which not only brings in millions of dollars per year, but cemented the twins' place as capable and respected designers. Mary-Kate and Ashley aren't coasting on their success either: They oversee every detail for both lines, from fabric choices to runway venues.



AGE 29: Megan Ellison

Film producer

What makes her powerful: Ellison is a rockstar in Hollywood. Breaking out of the shadow of her father, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, she stormed head first into the film industry and owns a successful film production company, Annapurna Pictures. Her company backed blockbuster hits "American Hustle" and "Her," and will be behind the three upcoming "Terminator" releases. Nearly all of her films have won or been nominated for major film-industry awards.



AGE 30: LeBron James

Basketball player

What makes him powerful: Even in a down year, James single-handedly shifted the NBA landscape. His team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won 20 more games than they did without him last year. This season, their first without James, the Miami Heat won 18 fewer games than they did with him last year. Wherever he goes, he takes 50-win seasons with him. You can't say that about anyone else in the league.



AGE 31: Mark Zuckerberg

CEO of Facebook

What makes him powerful: Zuckerberg has built the largest social network ever, with over 1 billion users, and from WhatsApp to Oculus VR, he has overseen a number of huge Facebook acquisitions in the past year or so. His current net worth is nearly $35 billion, making him one of just three people who have more billions under their belt than years-lived.



AGE 32: Kim Jong Un

Supreme leader of North Korea

What makes him powerful: Upon his father's death in 2011, Kim was thrust into power, taking control of North Korea overnight. Kim was appointed marshal in 2012, the country's highest military rank, and caused international controversy by continuing the country's weapons testing. He isn't the most favorably viewed leader in the world, but it's hard to deny his influence. He can snap his fingers and have anyone — whether they're family or North Korean officials — executed.



AGE 33: Beyoncé

Musician

What makes her powerful: There's a reason she's called "Queen Bey": At the end of 2013, the former Destiny's Child frontwoman waged a war against retailers like Amazon and Target by refusing to let them stock her self-titled album and, just to spite them, secretly releasing it overnight on iTunes, causing a momentary crash of the e-store. After winning three Grammys this year, Beyoncé has a lot to teach people — as evidenced by a new course at the University of Illinois at Chicago, called "Beyoncé: Critical Feminist Perspectives and U.S. Black Womanhood."



AGE 34: Kim Kardashian West

Reality TV star and media mogul

What makes her powerful: It's undeniable — Kardashian West is everywhere. Her reality show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," is in its tenth season, and last year she forged her way into the tech industry with her popular "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, which reportedly brings in $700,000 a day. Kardashian West commands irrefutable social power as well: She has over 32.1 million followers on Twitter and more than 34.3 million on Instagram.



AGE 35: Sean Parker

Early Facebook investor, founder of Napster

What makes him powerful: Parker, best known as the cofounder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook, has a net worth of $2.6 billion, and he's putting it to good use. He founded a new social media company, TheAudience, which, while rumor has it is being shut down in the UK, still has two major offices in New York and Los Angeles, and has raised $20 million since its founding in 2011. 



AGE 36: Jeremy Stoppelman

CEO of Yelp

What makes him powerful: As the CEO of crowd-sourced review site Yelp, Stoppelman has a reported net worth over $222 million. However, he joined the $1 club in 2013 when he and Yelp COO Geoff Donaker announced that they would be taking a yearly base salary of only a dollar. Stoppelman also takes a hands-on approach to his work, and has written over a thousand Yelp reviews himself. 



AGE 37: Kanye West

Musician and producer

What makes him powerful: It's likely that no one will ever love Kanye as much as Kanye loves Kanye, but he undoubtedly has loyal fans and a prominent place in the music industry. "Yeezus," which dropped in 2013, topped the charts and was considered by many to be the best album of the year. He's got a new album in the works, and made his fashion debut in February with a show at New York Fashion Week, where he shared his collaboration with Adidas. Though the line garnered much criticism, it demonstrated West's ability to easily break into new industries. 



AGE 38: Jack Dorsey

CEO of Square

What makes him powerful: Back in 2006, Dorsey cofounded Twitter alongside Biz Stone, Noah Glass, and Evan Williams — he even sent out the very first tweet. Though he stepped down as Twitter's CEO in 2008, Dorsey stayed on as chairman of the board, and derives the bulk of his wealth — currently at $2.4 billion — from his 4% stake in the company.

These days, Dorsey focuses the majority of his time on Square, a mobile-payment app that lets business owners accept credit card payments through a smartphone attachment. 



AGE 39: Marissa Mayer

CEO of Yahoo

What makes her powerful: Mayer runs one of the most powerful tech companies in the world and earns the wages to match: Her total compensation package, which includes cash and stock, was $42 million in 2014 — up 69% from the year before. This is largely due to the fact that Yahoo's stock has more than doubled since Mayer stepped up as CEO in 2012, showing how much of an impact she's had on the company and the tech industry in general.



AGE 40: Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor

What makes him powerful: DiCaprio proves to be one of the most talented actors of his time, starring in hits "Titanic," "Inception," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." He has yet to win an Oscar, but the actor has taken home two Golden Globes, one in 2014 for "The Wolf of Wall Street," and another in 2005 for "The Aviator." He headed into 2015 strong, with three movies in the works.



AGE 41: Sergey Brin

Cofounder of Google

What makes him powerful: Brin is one of the geniuses behind Google. He's responsible for trying to decide what ideas Google will pursue, overseeing Google X's "moon shots," and the hush-hush, long-term projects that try to tackle big problems — think Google Glass, driverless cars, smart contacts for diabetics, and flying wind turbines that generate power.



AGE 42: Larry Page

CEO and cofounder of Google

What makes him powerful: When Page took over as Google's CEO, he wanted to reinvigorate the company's vision. Today, the company continues to dominate search, makes a ton of money with ads, and is leading a number of other innovative projects, including Google Glass. In the last year or so Google generated nearly $18 billion in profits — money that Page will be able to use to forward his grand visions for granting internet access to the world.



AGE 43: Elon Musk

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

What makes him powerful: Arguably the greatest inventor alive, Elon Musk steered three revolutionary companies — PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX — to monstrous success, while his own fortune more than tripled in the last year. Tesla's on a quest to disrupt the auto industry, with plans underway to build a massive Gigafactory, which will work on developing better batteries to power Tesla cars. SpaceX launched the first commercial satellite into orbit and is under agreement with NASA to resupply the International Space Station.



AGE 44: Ted Cruz

US Senator

What makes him powerful: Cruz became Texas' junior senator in 2012, making him the first Hispanic or Cuban person from the state to serve in the Senate. However, in a short time he went from being the GOP's ultimate conservative purist to one of the most despised men in the Senate, provoking the federal government shutdown in 2013. He also staged a 21-hour faux filibuster to defund Obamacare, during which he famously read "Green Eggs and Ham." Cruz continues to work his way up the political ranks, and he announced in March that he's running for president in 2016. 



AGE 45: Sheryl Sandberg

COO of Facebook

What makes her powerful: Sheryl Sandberg is credited with bringing adult supervision to Facebook as its COO. One former Facebook employee said that, thanks to Sandberg, Facebook went from a frat house to a real company. Sandberg is also one of the world's first self-made billionaire women. Her book "Lean In" sold nearly 150,000 copies in its first week, and she's been a champion for women's advancement in the workplace ever since.



AGE 46: Robin Li

CEO of Baidu

What makes him powerful: Money is power, and Li has a lot of both. With an estimated net worth of $15.3 billion, he's one of the richest people in tech. In fact, Li comes in at No. 62 on Forbes' worldwide-billionaires list and ranks fifth in China. As the CEO of China's top search engine, Baidu, Li's like the Larry Page of Asia.



AGE 47: Reid Hoffman

Cofounder of LinkedIn

What makes him powerful: Hoffman was a user-experience architect at Apple in the mid-'90s — a job which ended up being the launching point for an incredibly successful venture into entrepreneurship. Seven years later, he launched LinkedIn, which has a market valuation of $32 billion. Hoffman was featured on this year's Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.



AGE 48: Roman Abramovich

Russian businessman, oligarch, and owner of the Chelsea Football Club

What makes him powerful: Abramovich is one of the richest men in Russia and the world, worth more than $9 billion. He was orphaned as a child and today lives a luxurious lifestyle full of commercial airplanes, getaway homes all over the world, a friendship with Vladimir Putin, and the world's largest yacht, which he bought in 2010, along with the Chelsea Football Club. Abramovich also owns a large stake in steel-titan Evraz, which is expected to IPO this year after postponing in December. 



AGE 49: J.K. Rowling

Author

What makes her powerful: Even though the Harry Potter series has long since ended, the legacy lives on, and there's no denying Rowling's continued influence in the world of literature and pop culture. She also became the first billionaire author, and is still cashing in on the boy wizard 17 years later. She retained the digital rights to her novels, rather than signing them over to her publisher, and launched an online store so she can sell the e-books directly to readers. The Pottermore site allows Rowling to reap 100% of sales. 

Since "Harry Potter," Rowling has written two adult novels, "The Casual Vacancy" and "The Cuckoo's Calling," which both became instant bestsellers. She's also returning to the wizarding world, writing the screenplay for a Harry Potter spinoff starring Eddie Redmayne. The film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," will be out next year. 



AGE 50: Jack Ma

Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group

What makes him powerful: Last year, Ma's ecommerce company Alibaba went public, garnering the largest IPO in history at $25 billion. Despite humble beginnings as an English teacher, Ma is now the second-richest man in China thanks to the IPO. After becoming captivated by the internet during a visit to the US in 1995, Ma saw several business opportunities in it, and he eventually founded his ecommerce site in 1999.



AGE 51: Jeff Bezos

CEO of Amazon

What makes him powerful: Bezos left his job at hedge fund firm D.E. Shaw to start Amazon, which became one of the few startups that didn't get wiped out by the dot-com bust. The online retailer now sells nearly $80 billion worth of goods per year. Today, Bezos is worth nearly $39 billion. He bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013, and he is also the founder of Blue Origin, a new company that's beginning to test space flights.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider.



AGE 52: Chris Christie

Governor of New Jersey

What makes him powerful: Chris Christie — who's served as the governor of New Jersey since 2010 — came under fire in January 2014 when a couple of his top aides allegedly closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge, causing a major traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the hometown of one of Christie's political opponents. Christie isn't letting the controversy, now referred to as "Bridgegate," hold him back, though — he's a potential GOP candidate for the 2016 presidential race. 



AGE 53: Barack Obama

President of the United States

What makes him powerful: POTUS is in charge of the most powerful nation in the world. Now in his last year in office, he's begun shaping the legacy he'll leave behind at the end of his second term. In his second term, he's turned his attention to foreign policy, including tackling negotiations over Iran's nukes, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and thawing relations with Cuba. He recently told a group of middle schoolers that after the presidency "I'll go back to doing the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people ... That's the kind of work that I really love to do."



AGE 54: Reed Hastings

CEO of Netflix

What makes him powerful: There's no doubt that Netflix is killing it lately, with original series "House of Cards" winning two Golden Globes and four Emmys. "Orange Is the New Black" holds its own as well, taking home three Emmys from an impressive 12 nominations. And with nearly 60 million subscribers, the streaming service shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Hastings is so confident in Netflix's future, he believes the service can expand globally within the next two years while still remaining profitable. The numbers support this, too: In the first quarter of 2015, Netflix earned $1.57 billion, 24% more than the same quarter last year. 



AGE 55: Brian Moynihan

CEO of Bank of America

What makes him powerful: Moynihan became the CEO of Bank of America, one of the world's largest financial institutions, in 2010. After taking over, Moynihan has been tasked with turning around the banking giant and battling the aftermath of the financial crisis.



AGE 56: Mark Cuban

Entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks

What makes him powerful: The successful entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks has opinions on everything from tech to football, and when he voices them everyone listens. In his role as a shark on ABC's "Shark Tank," he has the power to make a budding entrepreneur's dream come true with ample funding and guidance from someone who's been there. Not to mention he also commands a fortune of over $3 billion.



AGE 57: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister of Australia

What makes him powerful: Prime minister of the country down under since 2013, Abbott has been making big changes since day one. He elevated two women to the federal cabinet in order to give women more power in Australian government, and he repealed the Carbon Tax on fossil fuels, making Australia the first country to ever repeal a carbon tax. His budget plan may not be the most popular, but he has overseen and signed free-trade agreements with Japan, South Korea, and China.



AGE 58: Mukesh Ambani

Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited

What makes him powerful: The richest man in India, Ambani is worth an estimated $20.1 billion. And in a still-developing country like India, there's a lot one can do with money like that. Ambani's Reliance Industries was the top Indian company in the 2015 edition of Forbes' Global 2000 list, taking the No. 142 spot overall. 



AGE 59: Bill Gates

Cofounder of Microsoft, and cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

What makes him powerful: With a net worth of $81 billion, Bill Gates is among the richest people in the world, made famous by cofounding Microsoft and revolutionizing the personal computer. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's wealthiest charitable organization, with assets valued at a reported $34.6 billion.



AGE 60: Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

What makes her powerful: In her third term as chancellor of Germany, Merkel continues to impress. She's been chancellor for longer than anyone in modern history and remains overwhelmingly popular. Germans want her to run for a fourth term.

She's got power both at home and abroad. She's one of the most formidable people to stand up to Putin and she's famously defended German interests during the eurozone debt crisis. She's managed to maintain record-low unemployment levels and keep the economy afloat. Nothing important in Europe gets done without her say-so, whether that's a good thing or not. She's often called the most powerful woman in the world.



AGE 61: Xi Jinping

President of China

What makes him powerful: Jinping has become the most powerful Chinese leader in decades. As commander of one of the world's fastest-rising superpowers, he's shown a readiness to adopt a degree of change — as demonstrated by his decision to loosen the one-child policy, his promises of economic reform, and a relaxation of restrictions on the rights of migrant workers. But he also stands firmly by China's system of government, saying that the Community Party is the only model proven to work for China.



AGE 62: Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

What makes him powerful: As the president of Russia, there's no doubt Putin commands a large stake of the world's power. In the last year, the politician annexed the Crimean peninsula, engineered a civil war in Ukraine, brokered a massive arms deal in Iran, and was named one of Time's most influential leaders. He refuses to play by Western-established rules of global order, making him incredibly popular across Russia. 



AGE 63: Geun-hye Park

President of South Korea

What makes her powerful: Park is the first female leader of a country that has the highest level of gender inequality in the developed world, and she was elected with the nation's highest turnout rate in 15 years. The daughter of a former president, she now presides over the world's 14th largest economy. Last year Park