Foreign Policy Magazine released list of 100 Global Thinkers

American Foreign Policy Magazine released a list of 100 Global Thinkers. Narendra Modi has been placed at first position in the list of decision makers.

Created On: Nov 20, 2014 11:00 ISTModified On: Nov 20, 2014 11:03 IST

Foreign Policy Magazine of America on 17 November 2014 released a list of 100 Global Thinkers. The list includes top ten decision makers, agitators, naturals, heelers’ innovators and Moguls among others.

Out of top ten decision makers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked first followed by Angela Merkel of Germany and Amit Shah of India.

List of the top 10 decision makers



Country of origin



Narendra Modi


Prime Minister

For enthralling the world’s most populous democracy

Angela Merkel




For parrying Putin

Amit Shah


President of Bharatiya Janata Party



For engineering Modi’s landslide victory

Hassan Rouhani



For keeping the door open that would lead to nuclear talks with the US

Luis Videgaray


Secretary of Finance and Public Credit

For re-energizing Mexico

Catherine Samba-Panza

Central African Republic

Interim President

For picking up the pieces of her country

Aydan Ozoguz


Integration Minister

For reimagining German Citizenship

Luis Almagro


Foreign Minister

For providing there’s always room for refugees

Jose Mujica



For providing there’s always room for refugees

Matteo Renzl


Prime Minister

For bucking bunga-bunga politics

The magazine has described 64-year-old Modi as charismatic and business-friendly leader. It has also referred to the US visa ban on Modi following 2002 Gujarat riots when he was the Chief Minister of the state.

Some Indian’s in the list include names of
• State Bank of India Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya named in the list Moguls for telling hard truths about India's debt
• CGNet Swara founder Shubhranshu Choudhary in the list of Chroniclers for giving rural Indians a megaphone
• News anchor Padmini Prakash named in the list of Chroniclers for bringing third gender to prime time
• India National PolioPlus Committee Chairman Deepak Kapur named in list of Healers for crushing fear to defeat polio in India
Sangeeta Bhatia, an engineer and physician from Cambridge named in list of Healers for creating a kinder alternative to the colonoscopy
• Atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Economist Partha Dasgupta named in list of Naturals for keeping the faith in the fight in the flight against climate change

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