Top 10 Most Influential People In The World You’ve Never Heard Of


Some of the influential people in today’s society gather a lot of attention of the press, constantly being in the spotlight. These are the figures that everyone knows. However, there are

some individuals who sometimes stay behind the curtains, making enormous contributions to the society. Here is the list of the most influential people in the world you’ve never heard of.


10. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk Most Influential People In The World You've Never Heard Of

Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee, is an entrepreneur, speaker, media persona and investor. Vaynerchuk’s family is originally from Belarus, and they immigrated to the United States in 1978. He began his journey of a self-made man by significantly increasing the sales of his father’s business, the he founded a media agency, and then he went on vlogging and selling books. Inspiring man, among the most influential people in the world you’ve never heard of. 

9. Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo A.K.A Jokowi, Jakarta Governor

Although he’s rarely heard of in the news Jako Widodo is the president of the 4 largest country in the world by population; Indonesia. He is a self-made leader and rose to power from a regular family. 

8. Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds Influencial People

Soon after graduating from college, Reynolds established his own business to host races throughout the United States. Those races were extraordinary, including obstacles and allowing the participants to test their skills and abilities. The business grew surprisingly quickly, and by the year 2010, Reynolds’ profit from Red Frog Events LLC grew up to $10 billion. 

7. Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz Top 10 Most Influential People In The World You've Never Heard Of

Schultz believes in the American Dream and the road to success. This man is the CEO of Starbucks and there is a slight chance that you might have actually heard of him. However, there is something about him that is clearly extraordinary. In 2014, Schultz partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) and arranged full tuition waiver for Starbucks employees in any of 49 undergraduate degrees via an online program. He later admitted that he wants the employees to have an opportunity to achieve success in their lives. 

6. Lu Wei

Lu Wei Powerful Person Not Heard Of

Will there be a cyber war between the U.S. and China in the coming years? Well, that partially depends on what decision Lu Wei will make. Lu is the man in charge of cybersecurity and internet policy in China the worlds largest country by population and one of the rising superpowers. 

5. John Doerr

John Doerr Influencial

Doerr was lucky to start his career at Intel in 1974, right when the company was working on the revolutionary 8080 microprocessor. Throughout years working for Intel, Doerr has held several different positions in different departments, including management and sales. By the end of 2015, his net worth reached $4.1 billion, as he ranked 135th richest person in the world in Forbes magazine. Doerr might not be the richest, but his is definitely one of the most influential people in the world you’ve never heard of. 

4. David Chang

David Chang

Chang is a television persona and a chef. He is the founder of a restaurant chain with the name Momofuku. He opened his first restaurant, a noodle bar, in 2004, and since then turned a single restaurant into a chain with locations in the U.S., Australia, and Canada. Chang has also published a number of culinary books. 

3. Santiago Calatrava


Calatrava is a Spanish architect, sculptor, painter and engineer, working internationally. In the beginning of his career, the architect was interested in the design of railway stations and bridges. Later, he designed a pavilion for the Milwaukee Art Museum, which became his first structure in the U.S., followed by a twisting tower design in Sweden. 

2. Zhou Xiaochuan

Zhou Xiaochuan Most Powerful People

Xiaochuan is the governor of People’s Bank of China. His previous positions earned him the fourth place in the Top Global Thinkers of Foreign Policy and the title of one of the most influential people in economics. He is a banker, bureaucrat, economist, and reformist. Xiaochuan has held the position of the People’s Bank of China’s chief for longer than any of his predecessors. It is already his third term in the position. 

1. Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega Most Influencial Person

If you are not interested in the fashion industry, then you probably never heard of this man. Ortega is about 80 years old and he is the founder of a fashion clothing brand Zara. He started the business with his family back in 1963 and by 1989 was already rather popular in Spain and opened the first store in the United States. Now Ortega is controlling not only Zara but also Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear. This man is now between the third and fourth place of the richest people in the world and the richest in Spain. He takes the first place on the list of the most influential people in the world you’ve never heard of.

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