Special Report

50 Least Powerful People in the World

21. Johnny Depp
Title: Actor

Actor, film producer, and musician Johnny Depp is one of the world’s most well-known and highest paid film stars. Depp and actress Amber Heard reached a divorce settlement on August 16, one day before a restraining order hearing of Heard against Depp was to take place. Claims that Depp was physically abusive began in May of this year, when Heard appeared at early divorce proceedings with bruises on her face and was granted a temporary restraining order. The claims were substantiated on August 12 when a video leaked showing a violent Depp yelling at Heard and smashing a wine glass. The divorce settlement is for $7 million and will go to charity at Heard’s request.

22. Jared Fogle
Title: Spokesperson

Jared Fogle was once perhaps the most recognizable corporate spokesman in the country. Today, he may just be the most recognizable convicted felon. Fogle’s career took off when fast food chain Subway learned he had lost nearly 200 pounds with moderate exercise and a diet of Subway’s sandwiches. First appearing in a Subway ad in 2000, Fogle was employed by the company for 15 years as the face of a hugely successful ad campaign. His tenure with the company came to an abrupt halt after revelations that Fogle paid to engage in sexually explicit acts with minors and received and distributed child pornography. After pleading guilty to several charges, Fogle was sentenced to over 15 years in prison and agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution to more than a dozen victims.

23. Elizabeth Holmes
Title: Executive

At 19 years old, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start a business, Theranos. The company’s flagship product Edison could draw and test blood through a single finger prick. The company raised more than $750 million in venture capital, and Holmes became the youngest self-made female billionaire in history. After The Wall Street Journal began investigating the accuracy of the blood tests, however, it was soon found that the Edison devices were faulty. Theranos voided all blood testing results from 2014 and 2015, and Holmes’s net worth fell from $4.5 billion — her 50% stake in the company — to nothing.

24. Kathleen Kane
Title: Attorney general

Elected as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General in 2012, Kathleen Kane was recently found guilty of nine criminal charges. The charges included two felony counts of perjury and, ironically, one count of obstruction of justice. Once a promising Democratic politician, Kane is now facing at least 14 years in prison. Kane resigned from her position on August 17, 2016, two days after her conviction.

25. Linda Katehi
Title: University chancellor

Three months after being placed on administrative leave while under investigation for potential wrongdoing, Linda Katehi resigned from her post as chancellor of University of California, Davis. An investigative report concluded that Katehi hired social media consultants to suppress negative Internet press about a 2011 incident in which a campus police officer pepper-sprayed peaceful student protesters. Katehi also faced criticism for moonlighting on the boards of multiple universities and potentially influencing the hiring and promotion of her family members.

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