Darrell West's Global Billionaires Political Power Index is a ranking of the top global billionaires in terms of overall political power. There are a number of existing rankings that rate the net worth of billionaires, but no one has assessed their overall political influence globally or in particular countries around the world. Kings, queens, dictators, or authoritarian heads of state were not considered because of the difficulty of ascertaining their wealth. Gauging wealth is impossible in some places even though it is suspected that certain leaders are billionaires. Families of government leaders who have gained extensive wealth were also left out because it is hard to gauge their specific holdings.

In his latest Brookings Institution Press book, Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust, Darrell West examines the political use of great wealth, including campaign expenditures, activism through nonprofit organizations and foundations, holding public office, media ownership, policy thought leadership, and behind the scenes influence.

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# Names
1 Bill and Melinda Gates
2 George Soros
3 Jack Ma
4 Petro Poroshenko
5 Andrej Babis
6 Carlos Slim Helu
7 Rupert Murdoch
8 Bidzina "Boris" Ivanishvili
9 Aliko Dangote
10 Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud
11 Mikhail Prokhorov
12 Xiao Jianhua
13 Clive Palmer
14 Mo Ibrahim
15 Robin Li
Global Billionaire Political Power Index: International Billionaires ranked By Overall Political Influence

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