Determining the top 10 most influential global figures can be subjective and vary based on individual perspectives. However, here is a list, in no particular order, of 10 influential figures from various fields in 2021:
1. Joe Biden: As the President of the United States, Biden holds significant influence over global politics, climate change policies, and international relations.
2. Angela Merkel: Serving as the Chancellor of Germany until late 2021, Merkel’s leadership and influence have shaped European politics and global governance over the years.
3. Xi Jinping: As the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the President of China, Jinping has significant influence over the world’s second-largest economy and has been involved in various global initiatives.
4. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: These two tech entrepreneurs and billionaires have transformed industries and pushed the boundaries of space exploration (through companies like Amazon and Blue Origin, and Tesla and SpaceX, respectively).
5. Greta Thunberg: As a prominent environmental activist, Thunberg has sparked worldwide attention towards climate change and influenced global discussions and policy-making around the environment.
6. Francis Collins and Kizzmekia Corbett: Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health in the US, and Corbett, a viral immunologist, played significant roles in developing COVID-19 vaccines and shaping the global response to the pandemic.
7. Kamala Harris: As the Vice President of the United States, Harris is the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history and has been influential in shaping policies related to social justice, inclusivity, and women’s rights.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo and Naomi Osaka: These two athletes have used their platforms beyond sports to advocate for various social causes, making their influence reach beyond the sports arena.
9. Ursula von der Leyen: As the President of the European Commission, von der Leyen plays a significant role in European politics, policy-making, and exerting influence on a global scale.
10. Aung San Suu Kyi: Though currently facing legal issues, Suu Kyi’s influence as Myanmar’s former State Counsellor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and symbol of democracy has had a substantial impact.
These individuals were chosen based on their influence over global affairs, public impact, and their ability to shape narratives and policies in their respective domains. Nonetheless, it is important to note that this list is subjective and open to interpretation.