10 Influential People in 2021

Our world is rapidly evolving. Technology has come a long way, and with each passing day, the possibilities for innovation continue to grow exponentially. Along with this shift, the pinnacle of human performance has drastically tipped toward the success of a massive organization helmed by an individual on top. 

This socioeconomic phenomenon has brought to life the concept of billionaires and thought leaders—individuals who have amassed so much wealth that their value is now rooted on how much social influence they have on the world. These rich, powerful, and inspirational individuals are leading the charge towards a better world, helping us find solutions to our most pressing problems and improve the quality of our lives.

Here is a list of the Top 10 most influential people in 2021 in no particular order: 

  1. Jeff Bezos 

Jeffrey Preston Bezos needs no introduction, for now he is the 2nd richest man in the world, after holding the top spot from time to time in a cutthroat billionaire industry where assets tend to plummet and conditions are extremely volatile. Nevertheless, the American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor has grown his company, Amazon, to a phenomenal $251 billion dollars to date. 

Recently, Jeff Bezos stepped down as the CEO of Amazon with Andy Jassy as his replacement. Bezos is currently keeping himself busy with his plans of launching himself into space through his aerospace company, Blue Origin. In a modern-day space race, billionaire Richard Branson is setting himself to overturn Bezos and become the first billionaire in space. The excitement is palpable, as either of these two powerful individuals are determined to make history.

Twitter: @JeffBezos

Website: www.amazon.com

  1. Tamairo Moutry

Tamairo Moutry, is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, and Real Estate Broker who owns 4 virtual real estate companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, and Florida.

Tamairo specializes in sales, real estate investing, wholesaling, private mortgage lending, luxury homes, new construction and real estate development. Tamairo owns multiple properties in Wisconsin, Georgia & Florida. She’s currently working toward building new construction homes in Florida.

She’s a Real Estate Instructor who coaches, trains and mentors Realtors and out-of-state Real Estate Investors, and helps them to scale and grow their real estate portfolios by providing a one stop shop concierge

Website: www.showingnew.com/tamairomoutrysellshomes 

  1. Maury Noun

Maury Noun was born in Brooklyn to Lebanese Christian parents who had immigrated out of Lebanon shortly after the Lebanese Civil War ended. After growing up between Brooklyn and Staten Island, his family moved to New Jersey when he was 17. It was there in 2020 where incorporated MVision, his work from home call center that currently employs over 100 Lebanese people. His company primarily provides telemarketing and appointment-setting service to clients all over the U.S and Canada. 

MVision drives over a million dollars a month in revenue for its clients, most of whom are in the insurance industry. It also provides inbound customer support to clients in the non-bank lending industry. It has clients in almost every industry that have recognized the value of Lebanon’s talent pool and MVision’s management of these individuals. In one year Maury has created an organization that drives 8 figures worth of revenue annually for its clients.

Website: www.mvisionusa.com 

  1. Chris Graffagnino

Chris Graffagnino is an American Entrepreneur and businessman who honed his leadership ability in combat as a US Army Sergeant. For the more than decade since he left the mountains of Afghanistan behind, Chris has created some of the most niche products and services on and off Wall St in the risk and crisis management arena, including the cofounding of his own global risk solutions firm.

Chris’s ingenuity specializes in the business development of highly complex risk environments and, in one of his niches, is responsible for services that have led to the evacuation and repatriation of thousands of individuals working and traveling abroad. In his latest endeavor, Chris has begun a philanthropic venture to mentor startup businesses and entrepreneurs to help them progress their dreams in a pro bono he founded, Settle4Success.

Website: www.chris-graff.com

  1. Dr. Ashley Little

Dr. Ashley Little an Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur, TV/Radio Host, TEDx Speaker, International Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Media Maven, Journalist, Writer, Host, Philanthropist, Business Coach, Investor and 14X Award-Winning Best Selling Author.

A modern-day Renaissance woman, her exceptional talents and accomplishments set her far above her peers. Through her service, she has elevated countless individuals and companies. Among her ventures is the Ashley Little Enterprises, LLC, which encompasses her work in Media, Consulting Work, Writing, Ghost Writing, Book Publishing, Book Coaching, Project Management, Magazine Publishing, Public Relations, Marketing, and Empowerment Speaking among others.

Aside from writing success stories, the company is also credited for increasing appreciation in media and literature. This impact is heavily augmented by Dr. Ashley’s company The HBCU Experience Movement, LLC, the first Black-owned publishing company to launch books written and published by prominent HBCU alumni throughout the world who attended Historically Black Colleges & Universities. As authors, they share a powerful collection of stories on how their unique college experience has molded them into the people they are today. Our company’s goal is to change the narrative by sharing Black stories, create partnerships and endowments with all HBCUs, and invest financially back into our HBCUs to increase young alumni giving and enrollment. The company has birthed 265 authors and gave back over 32,000.00 thus far and plan to continue to give back more before the year is over. The Award-Winning Best Selling Authors won the Black Authors Matter TV Award May 2021.

However, her mission does not end there. By Co-founding Sweetheart Scholars Non-profit Organization, Dr. Ashley Little gives out annual college scholarships to African American females from her hometown in Wadesboro, North Carolina to help with their college expenses. Dr. Little believes it takes a village to raise a child and to never forget where you come from. Dr. Little is a strong believer in giving back to her community. She believes our young ladies need vision, direction, and strong mentorship. She is also the CEO/Founder/Editor-In-Chief of Creating Your Seat At The Table International Magazine where she highlights GIANTS in their industries nationally and internationally who are creating and building their own tables.

Instagram: @thehbcuexperiencemovement@_ashleyalittle

Facebook: Dr. Ashley Little

Website: www.ashleylittleenterprises.comwww.thehbcuexperiencemovement.com

  1. Dr. Anthony Fauci

Long before the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci has stood at the forefront of the field of medicine for decades. One of the most prominent faces of the new normal, the widely-cited researcher is an American physician-scientist and immunologist spearheading the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Over the years, the esteemed director has overseen and contributed to a long list of basic and applied research designed to prevent, diagnose, and treat respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, Ebola, and Zika, to name a few. 

Dr. Fauci has advised seven Presidents not only on HIV/AIDS but also on numerous domestic and global health issues. Currently, he serves as the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and continues to guide the administration on public health policies related to the pandemic. 

Website: www.niaid.nih.gov/about/anthony-s-fauci-md-bio 

  1. Naomi Osaka

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player set to become a household name in the sports world. As the first Asian player to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles, the reigning Australian Open and US Open title-holder boasts a 120 mile per hour serve. 

The 23-year-old powerhouse, who is currently the highest-paid female athlete of all time,  recently made a buzz after Mattel announced the release of a Naomi Osaka doll whose creation is in recognition of her domination on the court and cause-oriented initiatives. She is poised to make her Olympic debut as one of Japan’s top athletes on Sunday.

Website: www.naomiosaka.com

  1. Stacey Abrams

In recent years, Stacey Abrams has taken center stage in American politics. With her name now synonymous with voting turnout and accessibility, she made history as the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives.

The lawyer, voting rights activist, and author stands at the helm of Fair Fight Action, an organization established in 2018 that seeks to address voter suppression. Abrams, who is credited for serving as one of the major forces behind the Democrats’ victories in Georgia during the 2020 Presidential and Senate races, remains active in the political sphere.

Website: www.staceyabrams.com 

  1. Beyoncé Knowles

Considered a cultural icon, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles needs no introduction as one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and most critically acclaimed personalities. The American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress rose through the ranks in the late 1990s, serving vocals alongside the rest of Destiny’s Child. In the years since the group’s disbandment, the award-winning “Queen Bey” has sold over 100 million records worldwide, topped numerous Billboard charts, and influenced an entire generation of musicians. 

With 62 career nominations, Beyoncé is the most nominated female artist in Grammy history. On top of her endorsements and business ventures, she is also known for her philanthropic endeavors and substantial donations to various causes. 

Website: www.beyonce.com 

  1. Anderson Cooper

Best known as the anchor of CNN News and the commentary program Anderson Cooper 360°, this American broadcast journalist and political commentator is a Yale University graduate with a solid reputation. Over the years, he has emerged as one of the industry’s most recognizable faces, with his on-air reporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina catapulting him to the forefront. 

Anderson Cooper is also the most prominent openly gay journalist on American TV and has snagged numerous awards from the LGBT rights organization GLAAD. To date, he’s received 18 Emmy recognition, including one for his coverage of the unrest in Egypt and two for his reporting of the Haiti earthquake.

Twitter: @andersoncooper

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