Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has been named
among 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune
The ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ writer was ranked at number 42 on
Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ recently won the “One Book, One
New York” campaign from the New York City Mayor’s Office
of Media and Entertainment.
Chicago Cubs baseball team president, Theo Epstein is
Business mogul, Jack Ma of AliBaba group of companies is at
number two and Catholic leader, Pope Francis is in third place
for his social integration projects as a clergy.
Melinda Gates is number 4 in recognition of the impact of the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which she co-chairs.
The list also features basketball superstar, LeBron James at
11, comedienne Samantha Bee at 19.
Colombian music superstar Shakira is at 27 for her
philanthropic work through her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot)
Ava DuVernay at 6 was recognized for her directorial work in
Academy Award winning film, Selma and her forthcoming
Disney adaptation, A Wrinkle in Time.
Chance the Rapper is at number 46. The 23-year-old hip-hop
star is commended for his willingness to remain an
independent artist and release his music for free and his
education philanthropy in his Illinois, Chicago hometown.