Special Report

50 Least Powerful People in the World

36. Ronda Rousey
Title: Athlete

Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey became the first female UFC champion in 2012. She quickly became not just the best fighter, but also a cultural icon. Believed to be unbeatable in the ring, Rousey’s fights rarely lasted more than one round. She also drew criticism for mocking her opponents with comments such as, “I can beat everyone in my division with one arm tied behind my back.” At the end of last year, to the joy of her many rivals, Rousey’s dominance was crushed with a knockout kick by Holly Holms. Roussey was hospitalized, ridiculed mercilessly by MMA fans, and has yet to return to the ring.

37. Dilma Rousseff
Title: Politician

The first female President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is currently suspended from her position amidst accusations that she illegally fudged government balance sheets to hide the true financial troubles her country faces. In power since 2011, massive protests broke out upon Rousseff’s 2014 reelection due to a pervasive public perception of corruption. Her current impeachment trial kept Rousseff from participating in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the first ever held in South America.

38. Maria Sharapova
Title: Athlete

Maria Sharapova is one of the most recognized names in tennis, and in sports in general. A five-time grand slam winner, Sharapova had a number of major sponsorship deals, and was scheduled to compete for team Russia in the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, in March, Sharapova was caught using a banned substance at the Australian Open. The tennis star was banned from professional competition for two years, and sponsors such as Nike, Porsche, and others severed ties with the star.

39. Martin Shkreli
Title: Executive

As the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli bought the rights to a drug called Daraprim, which can be life saving for certain HIV patients. After purchasing the rights to the drug, Shkreli raised the price of a single pill from less than $20 to $750. While hiking drug prices is a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry, it was the scale of the hike and the nature of the drug as life saving that created the public outcry and backlash, even within the industry itself. Not long after, Shkreli was indicted on fraud charges related to his hedge fund, forcing him to step down as CEO of Turing. Adding fuel to the fire among some music fans, Shkreli paid $2 million for the single copy of an otherwise unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album. Regarding the album, Shkreli is quoted as saying he does not plan to listen to it and only bought it to keep it from the people.

40. Sheldon Silver
Title: Politician

In one of the most high-profile cases of modern American political corruption that is still unfolding, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison this May. The court found that the prominent New York Democrat had committed fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Silver was ordered to pay more than $7 million, $5.3 million of which were funds he had acquired through his illegal activities. Silver served as the highest ranking state assemblyman for more than two decades.

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