The World’s Greatest Leaders

Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list is out, and although I love all our lists equally, I must confess that this is one of my favorites. Good leadership is often hard to define. In the abstract, it can feel bogged down in metrics, benchmarks, and execution-speak. But told through stories, leadership comes alive as a creative […]

Data Sheet—Why Bill and Melinda Gates Topped Fortune’s Greatest Leaders List

We interrupt our usual tech-industry programming today to bring you something mostly different, Fortune‘s annual World’s Greatest Leaders list. At the top is a former tech guy, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda. The Gateses have given away some $45 billion over the years to fight diseases like malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis. Fortune […]

Chef José Andrés Won’t Wait for Permission to Feed the World’s Hungry

The staff of Fortune recently assembled our 2019 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. This story is part of that coverage. In March, chef Jos? Andr?s descended on Manhattan to prepare for the launch of a fresh addition to his restaurant empire–a 35,000-square-foot Spanish food hall in the sparkling new Hudson Yards complex. Here, […]

This Is the Emotional Quality That the World’s Greatest Leaders All Share

When Anna Nimiriano goes to work in the morning at the Juba Monitor newspaper in South Sudan, she may not have to worry about getting fired. She’s the editor-in-chief. But she does have to worry about being jailed or even killed. The authoritarian government frequently dislikes what she publishes. At least seven journalists have been […]

How the Congressional Pink Wave Is Changing the Face of Leadership

In the run-up to last year’s midterm elections, pundits chewed through hours of cable news programming, speculating about a potential blue wave. But while they were right about the oceanic force, they got the shade wrong–it was pink. Forty-two women won their congressional seat for the first time in 2018, the largest total since the […]

How Bill and Melinda Gates Are Transforming Life for Billions in the 21st Century

The staff of Fortune recently assembled our 2019 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. This story is part of that coverage. It was March 2018, and once more Bill Gates found himself behind a podium. In the previous few months, he had given one keynote address after another–in San Francisco, he’d urged drugmakers to […]