The World's Most Powerful People in 2017

Politics |

Who's running the planet at all times? The following extremely powerful people.

Vladimir Putin

The Chancellor of Germany since November 2005, Merkel has been an instrumental figure in setting policy that affects the rest of Europe.

She has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union throughout her tenure as Chancellor.

Donald Trump

They said it could never be done. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States, but prior to that he lived a normal life as a civilian... well, sometimes normal. The real estate mogul became a reality television star in 2004 on The Apprentice, and would remain there for 11 years.

Trump had contemplated running for president on multiple occasions, but decided to formally jump in for the 2016 race. The rest is history.