Student pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been named among this year’s top 10 of the world’s 50 “greatest leaders” by US business magazine Fortune.
Wong, who took center stage during last year’s Occupy Central movement, was named 10th in the list, rubbing shoulders alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd), Pope Francis (4th) and Apple CEO Tim Cook who topped the annual list.
Fortune said that Wong was “one of the most compelling figures in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Revolution’ last year. His nonviolent protest message and energetic idealism galvanized crowds that, over months, numbered in the hundreds of thousands.”
During the protests which took place last year, Wong was one of three protest leaders to go on a hunger strike following a police crackdown on protest camps at Admiralty. He was so devoted to the movement that he celebrated his 18th birthday among the crowds of protesters on Hong Kong Island.
The annual rankings are compiled based on nominations from its reporters and more than 20 leadership experts. Those included in the list have had to show qualities such as vision and the ability to move others to act with them on a shared quest.
Back in Beijing, Fortune described Xi Jinping as the strongest leader in China since Deng Xiaoping, adding that veteran China watchers in the West consider him a “true leader.”
By Dominic Jackson