The Elite Powers of Asia, Continent of Mysteries and Innovation
"With great power comes great responsibility," goes the motto from Spider Man. These words hold more truth than what Marvel Studios fans and moviegoers can even imagine. When you have the power to create change you are also responsible for the decisions you have made. They can create huge waves out of the tiniest ripples based on whatever they felt. They can destroy lives at the push of a button, create disputes to every single corner of the world with just a few words, or even create a living hell on the surface of our green lands and blue waters. But they also have the capability to usher in a new age, one that is free of turmoil, unrest, conflicts, poverty, hunger, exploitation, the need for weapons and armories, and so much more.
These facts are even more true in the world's largest continent both in terms of landmass and population density, Asia. The leaders hold much sway over the shape of the world of man. Asia has more people in its lands then half of the world's entire population, thus by default they have the most potential in terms of manpower alone. The leaders of Asia are also on the forefront of creating some of the world's most advance technology and the very advanced countries even have access to nuclear technology which could very well have the potential to wipe out all of humanity and all of our achievements and history as we know it. So let us have a brief glimpse at some of the most powerful and richest individuals in all of Asia.
They can be the beacons of hope or the harbringers of death and destruction, the image of humility or the icon of arrogance, the pioneers of new evolution or the scion of devolution. They can be many things and have the potential to be as many as them as they can be. They command forces of great caliber, so much so that they can easily annilate towns, cities, regions, countries, and even continents with so much as a definitive motion from their hands. Their potential for brutality and mercy is quite staggering, and for most of these individuals in power, they are placed their because it is the will of their people that allows them to be who they are. They can change, because power can definitely change an individual no matter what.
Shinzo Abe is the current Prime Minister of Japan as well as the President of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is the 3rd longest serving Prime Minister and the only one to be born after World War II. He is a a man who continues to shape the future of his country through his bold plans. He looks to revitalize the technological sector of his country. With that goal in mind he even went to the United States to learn how from the Silicon Valley experts how they can achieve their goal of bringing the creative innovation of their realm to Japan.
Vladimir Putin is the current President of Russia. During his 1st eight years of being President back the year 2000, the Russian economy grew for eight straight years and the countrys GDP increased by 72%. He was unable to run for a 3rd term as President due to constitutional mandates but was appointed Prime Minister by his successor. He ran for the office of President again in 2012 and the presidential term length at the time increased from four years to six years. He won with 64% of the vote. Putin has received significant international attention over the years and is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful leaders.
Jack Ma is currently the richest man in Asia and is the 14th richest overall in the world. He is the founder and CEO of the Alibaba group, a family of Internet-based businesses. As of June 2017 his networth amounts to a total of $41.8 billion USD. He has become one of the world’s most influential businessmen and a powerful entity in the world of business. Many may not know this but the business icon one applied for thirty different jobs and was rejected by all of them. When KFC came to his city, he applied there with 24 people and 23 of them were accepted, Ma was the only one who got rejected and nowadays he sits on top of the world.
Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is the current King of Saudi Arabia. He was crowned the King on January 23, 2015 when his half-brother King Abdullah died of pneumonia at the age of 90. He had served as the governor of Riyadh for 48 years from 1963 to 2011. As governor he was responsible for transforming Riyadh from a mid-sized town into a major urban metropolis. He also has a network of relationships not just between Arabs but also in international circles. He has a conciliatory and diplomatic nature. He hold’s the most influence over the Middle East and the country’s massive oil reserves.
Ali Khamenei is a marja and is the 2nd overall and current Supreme Leader of Iran. He became the Supreme Leader when he was elected by the Assembly of Experts after Ruhollah Khomeini, the 1st Supreme Leader, had died. He is now the head of state and the commander-in-chief of its armed forces. In January 2016, Khamenei had issued a fatwa saying that the production, stockpiling, and use of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction like nukes is forbidden. Because of that it granted the world powers to lift economic sanctions for Iran.
Narendra Modi is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India. He works hard to create initiatives to improve the lives of his people. Modi's administration attempts to raise foreign direct investment in the Indian economy, increased spending on their infrastructure, and reduced spending on healthcare and social welfare programs. Modi has attempted to improve efficiency in the bureaucracy, and centralized power which was relative when compared to previous administrations. He has aleady begun a sanitation campaign, and is creditted for weakening and abolished environmental and labour laws.
Xi Jinping is the current President of the People's Republic of China, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. He is considered to be China’s paramount leader since he holds the top offices of the government branches and the military. He is known to have invested heavily in energy and natural resources, and is one of the lead players in the fight against climate change. He also pursues a very assertive foreign policy, particularly the relations of China and Japan, China’s claims over the South Chine Sea, and free trade and globalization.
Mukesh Ambani is the chairman, managing director, and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited. RIL’s main business operations are petrochemicals, retail textiles, telecommunications, refining, oil, and gas. He is the only Indian businessman on Forbes’ list of the word’s most powerful people in 2016. He has been the richest man in India based on Forbes’ list for ten years. He owns a 27-story Mumbai mansion whose value is close to $1 billion USD.
Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. Netanyahu compared the Middle East to “Game of Thrones”. Disputes are everywhere and their conflicts ruins the relations they have with other countries. However, Netanyahu has proven to be a capable leader by ensuring the country’s stability despite the turmoils and has proven his dominance in terms of his country’s politics only a few ever have throughout its history. He is creditted with having boosted the country’s economy and is at the forefront of technological and medical advances.
Jiang Jianqing is the chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world's largest bank by assets and the 2nd overall in terms of market value. He started out as a teller in the bank in 1984, he then got promoted to Vice President in 1999, then became president in the year 2000, then went on to become the chairman in 2005. The bank generates a whopping $45 bilion USD in terms of annual profit which is more than twice of what JPMorgan Chase generates. He also writes banking related articles from time to time.