Global Thought Leaders

The world's most influential voices

To be influential, you need people to notice you. If your ideas aren’t being listened to, you might as well not exist. Since 2012, the Global Thought Leader Index network analysis has been evaluating who gets listened to in the digital world.

In 2016, for the first time, GDI analysed the Arabic- and Swiss German-speaking internet as well as the English-, German-, Spanish- and Chinese-speaking internet.

Seven rankings list the most important voices in each language community, covering more than 600 influential thinkers. The results are surprising, as are the connections between the Thought Leaders. Network graphics show the most significant media and most influential universities.


This years`s edition of the Index has created rankings for more than 600 individuals. What makes a person influental? Read how we measure this influence here.




Peter Gloor: “Why I did NOT predict Donald Trump’s Electoral Win”

Just as many other analysts, Peter Gloor was wrong, too. The MIT researcher compiles the annual Thought Leader Index together with the GDI and explains why pollsters did not predict Trump’s electoral win.

The History and Future of “Thought Leadership”

We have been analysing the influence rank of global thought leaders since 2012. But what precisely do we mean, when we are talking about thought leadership?

Stephen Bannon: The Anti-Intellectual

The analysis of MIT researcher Peter Gloor shows clearly: Donald Trump’s chief strategist is present in the media. But that doesn’t give him influence in the websphere by default.