Annually, the Fortune compiles a list of "50 Great Leaders".
In business, government, philanthropy and the arts, across the globe, these men and women are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.
In 2015, Tim Cook occupied the first position; this year it dropped four places, but it still remained among the Top 5, after Jeff Bezos (# 1; CEO of Amazon), Angela Merkel (# 2; chancellor of Germany), Aung San Suu Kyi (# 3; leader of the National League for Democracy) and Pope Francis (# 4).
Here's what Fortune said about Cook:
Tim Cook and other Silicon Valley celebrities have been quietly in a tug of war with Washington over digital privacy for at least a few years at least since Edward Snowden leaked disclosures about the government's surveillance in 2013. But this year, when a court ordered the Apple creating one backdoor for an iPhone used by a suspect in the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist shooting, Tim Cook had a resounding response: he refused. In a letter to Apple customers, Cook called the FBI's demands “chilling” and “disproportionate impact”. Even though tech executives have aligned themselves with Cook, Apple is facing the FBI in the confrontation. Cook put Apple's popularity at stake by defending his principles: in a survey by the Pew Research Center, the majority (51% to 38%) said Apple must comply with the FBI's request. But court documents from the Department of Justice suggest that he may give up before Cook.
Oh, and because of the troubled Brazilian moment and his performance at Lava Jato, the judge Srgio Moro occupied 13 position on the list.