There are countless "best" lists released every year. Some have hopeful titles, like "Most Admired Companies," "Wealthiest Billionaires," or "Most Powerful Women." Our list, "The World's 100 Least Powerful Power Players," however, is one-of-a-kind. It is the most important list you will ever read.
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This is an inventory of today's fallen mighty. They are corporate executives and sports figures thwarted by public scandal, politicians and celebrities hit by glaring headlines. Some were undone by disasters, like former CEO Tony Hayward; some found themselves at the centers of media storms, like former MSNBC broadcaster Keith Olbermann; and some saw their reputations deteriorate quietly, like Blockbuster's embattled CEO Jim Keyes.
Here are the world's 100 least powerful power players, listed in no particular order.