Special Report

50 Least Powerful People in the World

6. Anthony Batts
Title: Police Commissioner

As police commissioner, Anthony Batts was the highest ranking officer at the Baltimore Police Department, the eighth largest municipal police force in the country. After a spike in the number of homicides and the widely covered Baltimore riots, Batts was fired by the city and replaced immediately by then-deputy commissioner Kevin Davis. The BPD itself has also sustained a considerable loss of prestige. In a recent damning, 163-page Department of Justice report, investigators concluded that the conduct of the BPD violates federal law. Unconstitutional arrests that disproportionately affect African Americans were among the patterns identified.

7. Pope Benedict
Title: Former pope

Pope Benedict XVI, known previously as Joseph Ratzinger, assumed the highest position in the Roman Catholic church in 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II. Ratzinger had big shoes to fill as Paul II left a powerful legacy after nearly three-decades as pope — he was also canonized by the church. Benedict XVI, meanwhile, became the first pope to retire in nearly six centuries. His replacement, Pope Francis, has already arguably overshadowed his predecessor, with many saying he has helped make the Catholic Church a more inclusive, tolerant, and appealing body.

8. Noel Biderman
Title: Executive

In 2010, Noel Biderman became CEO of Ashley Madison, an Internet service that facilitates extramarital affairs. Dubbed the “King of Infidelity,” Biderman was at the helm of the company when a 2015 data hack lead to the release of the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of a large portion of the site’s 37 million users. As a direct result of the data hack, Biderman stepped down as CEO.

9. John Boehner
Title: Politician

Ohio politician John Boehner’s largely unblemished and successful government career reached a peak in 2011 when he became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Amid heated criticism of his ties to lobbyists and ongoing turmoil within the Republican Party, Boehner resigned as Speaker in September last year. In the same announcement, Boehner said he would be leaving Congress altogether.

10. Bill de Blasio
Title: Politician

Bill de Blasio was elected in 2013 mayor of New York City, taking over the position that Michael Bloomberg had held for three four-year terms. The most left-leaning candidate to hold the office in years, many liberal democrats had high hopes for the new mayor. However, even his most avid supporters would admit that de Blasio may be destined to depart after a single term, if not sooner. The mayor’s administration is now the subject of five separate investigations surrounding potential corruption in relation to his 2014 fundraising, including one investigation by the FBI.

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