The Bloomberg 50: The People Who Changed Global Business in 2021

The fifth edition of the Bloomberg 50, our annual look at those in business, entertainment, finance, politics, and science and technology whose accomplishments deserve recognition, is here. The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich was on the list. We stand by it. The meme stock is no less culturally significant than our 2021 version.

We talked to Karen Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health Corp., and David Baszucki, co-founder and CEO of Roblox Corp., about why kids are so obsessed with the gaming platform. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, for his heroism on Jan. 6, is one of the recipients. She declined to be interviewed, a rejection we won't soon get over.

Look at the bottom of the page for those who made it to the top of our list in 2021, as well as those who might make it to the top of the list next year.

TikTok is the chief operating officer.

TikTok had more downloads in the US in the first six months of the year than its two competitors combined.

In April, the hitmaker behind the group, known as BTS, engineered a $1 billion deal to combine his Korean empire with the agency that manages Ariana Grande and other pop stars.

She has donated more than $2 billion this year, for a total of over $8 billion since her divorce from Jeff Bezos, making her one of the most prolific philanthropists in history.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s chief digital officer.

In March, Toyota issued a $4.7 billion bond offering to fund Kuffner's next-generation research and development activities, one of the industry's biggest commitments yet to environmental and social projects.

The media tycoon has spent more than 300 days in jail this year, making him the highest-profile victim of China's campaign to bring Hong Kong to heel.

The CEO and president of

Amazon Web Services is on track for $61.3 billion in sales this year, up 35% from 2020, and the reward for Jassy's success was being named CEO of the whole company.

The Chinese comedian became the world's highest-grossing female director when her film, Hi, Mom, took in $834 million in ticket sales.

The Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas has 300,000-plus "sand dollars" in circulation, and seven mobile payment providers began using the e-money earlier this year.

Co-founder and CEO of Canva.

The founder of a graphic design company became one of the world's richest women after her company reached a $40 billion valuation in September.

In June of this year, she became the first modern citizen journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize.

The founder and CEO of Rocket Lab.

Beck's company, which specializes in low-cost space launches, went public through the listing of a special purpose acquisition company.

President and CEO of the company.

Lynch became the highest-ranking female executive in the U.S. when she took over at the fifth-largest public company by sales.

The CEO is Just Eat

In June, the company closed a $7.3 billion acquisition of food delivery company GrubHub.

CVC Capital Partners has a managing partner.

CVC has invested more than $3 billion in top sports leagues this year as it looks to profit from demand for streaming content.

A runner in the USA.

Felix won her 11th Olympic medal in the 4x400 women's relay in Tokyo, making her the most decorated US track athlete in the history of the Games.

She became the GOP conference chair in May after Representative Liz Cheney was ousted for voting in favor of the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is chaired.

In August, he led almost 200 countries to agree on a report that found the world is hotter than it has been in 130,000 years.

Ted Lasso is a co- creator and star.

The show won seven awards in September, including best comedy series and outstanding lead actor, the most ever for a comedy debut.

Sex discrimination commissioner.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in April that all 55 recommendations made by the report would be accepted.

A former product manager at Facebook.

She has submitted at least eight complaints to the SEC.

Ford's shares hit a 20-year high in 2021, as the company's head of electric and self-driving cars transforms the business into a legitimate one.

An $18 billion merger in May put the Indonesianentrepreneur atop a company leading a digital transformation of the world's fourth-most-populous country.

Co-founder and CEO of Roblox Corp.

The online gaming company went public with a market valuation of over 40 billion dollars.

The head of management and operations.

The mobile payment system has more than doubled its user base this year, to 112 million as of the last day of October, from 56 million at the end of 2020.

She slept on the Capitol steps for four nights to protest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's expired moratorium on evictions, which helped draw attention to the issue and push President Joe Biden to order a 60-day extension.

The new company started trading with a market value of over $50 billion after the merger of the two companies.

The record for a piece of digital art was broken when his work Everydays: The First 5,000 days sold for $69.3 million at an auction.

The officer is from the U.S. Capitol Police.

He confronted insurrectionists and led them away from vulnerable lawmakers in the Senate chamber.

Co-founding and co-CEOs of Afterpay.

Nick and Anthony are related.

It will be the largest Australian corporate transaction ever, with the sale of the buy-now, pay-later startup to Jack Dorsey's Square Inc. expected to be completed early next year.

The co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate.

Cynthia Choi, Russell Jeung, and Manjusha Kulkarni are related.

In the first half of the year, the coalition collected more than 4,500 reports of incidents nationwide against people of Asian descent, data that helped lead to national hate crimes legislation and millions of dollars to address racism and racial inequality in California.

At the start of the year, traders added more than $150 billion to the market cap of GameStop, AMC, and 48 other businesses, stocks that are volatile and can be used as a proxy for the craze.

With internet sales soaring and interest rates low, Stripe raised $600 million in March, giving it a market value of 95 billion and making it the most valuable Silicon Valley startup of all time.

Pfizer Inc.'s Chairman and CEO is a man.

The company and its German partner, BioNTech, struck more than $36 billion in deals this year for their Covid-19 vaccine, making it the bestselling pharmaceutical product on an annual basis.

The former project manager was at NASA.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team flew a small helicopter above the planet's surface in April.

The chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

She became the youngest person to lead the agency when she was appointed in June.

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is the director.

The 400 million Covid-19 vaccines for the continent were acquired by the virologist.

On January 11, her first single, Drivers License, set a one-day record on the platform with more than 15 million streams, and the next day it surpassed the 100 million mark.

Director and writer.

The most popular TV show in the history of the company is Squid Game.

The shooting guard is at the University of Connecticut.

The basketball star has signed two of the most high-profile deals since college athletes were free to pursue them starting in July.

CEO, ProShare Advisors.

In two days, investors put in more than $1 billion into the first ProShares exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of the first Bitcoins.

India's once-staid cosmetics industry is being transformed by her online beauty mall.

The prosecutors office in Cologne, Germany.

She won a landmark court case that ruled the trading strategy she is investigating is criminal, got a third conviction in the probe, and had a suspect extradited from the U.K.

In May, the most downloaded shopping app in the U.S. was the fast-fashion company founded by Xu.

Engine No. 1 was the former head of active engagement.

Penner's investment fund landed three independent directors on the board of Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the most stunning upsets for a shareholder vote.

In November, five months after Spears said she felt like a prisoner in the court-ordered control of her father, a judge dissolved it.

The biggest deal in entertainment this year is a merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia that values the new company at about $130 billion.

Goldman has 13 junior investment bankers.

Goldman and other financial institutions raised pay to a minimum of $100,000 after the first-year analysts detailed damning revelations about the company's workplace culture in a slide presentation.

Stone andParker signed an agreement with Paramount+ in August that will pay them $900 million for six more seasons of the show and 14 spinoff movies.