Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has landed on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people for the first time, ranking the powerful young leader within the top 10.
“There are 17 new names on the list this year, including Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud (#8), the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” Forbes writes. “His father remains king, but “MBS” has consolidated power beyond any doubt and taken control of the country. In November 2017, he launched an ‘anti-corruption campaign’ that caused many prominent Saudis to be arrested and forced to turn over their fortunes.”
“The crown prince will be the fulcrum around which the Middle Eastern geopolitics moves for the next generation.”
Ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed is Xi Jinping (#1), Vladimir Putin (#2), Donald Trump (#3), Angela Merkel (#4), Jeff Bezos (#5), Pope Francis (#6), and Bill Gates (#7).
The Crown Prince’s position on this list ranks him ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mark Zuckerberg, and others. He is this year’s youngest figure to make the Top 10 list.