The Global 25

On the world stage, these power players have earned top billing

01 JOSEPH BLATTER President, FIFAAs soccer's chieftain says himself: "FIFA is like the United Nations, but it has more members and is more powerful."

02 JACQUES ROGGE President, International Olympic CommitteeRogge presided over the Beijing Olympics, the most watched in history, drawing an estimated 4.4 billion viewers worldwide.

03 BERNIE ECCLESTONE CEO and President, Formula OneZoom, zoom. Fast cars on prestigious courses have boosted Ecclestone's personal worth to nearly $5 billion.

04 HERBERT HAINER CEO, AdidasAdidas is omnipresent in soccer, making the German company Europe's top sportswear outfit.

05 DAVID BECKHAM Soccer midfielder, Los Angeles GalaxyHe may be past his playing prime, but his $250 million deal proves he's still one of the world's most marketable athletes.

06 ROMAN ABRAMOVICH Owner, Chelsea Football ClubThe Russian tycoon and his famed Blues were one penalty kick away from a European title in 2008.

07 CRISTIANO RONALDO Soccer right/left winger, Manchester UnitedThe Portuguese phenom may well be the world's best soccer player, explaining the recent bidding war for his talent.

08 MICHEL PLATINI President, Union of European Football AssociationsThe largest of the six confederations within FIFA, UEFA is drawing even American audiences, thanks to coverage of overseas soccer by ESPN.

09 ROGER FEDERER Tennis champFederer just clinched his fifth consecutive U.S. Open title and has endorsement deals with Gillette, Rolex, and Nike.

10 HARUYUKI TAKAHASHI Senior Managing Director, DentsuThe Japanese company co-owns the broadcast rights in key parts of Asia for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

11 SILVIO BERLUSCONI President, A.C. MilanWhile not busy as Italy's Prime Minister, the billionaire dotes on his country's most prestigious soccer club.

12 LEWIS HAMILTON Formula One racerAt only 23, Hamilton appears to be the driver most likely to fill the void left by Michael Schumacher's retirement.

13 LUCA DIMONTEZEMOLO President, FerrariFerrari is back on top as Europe's leading Formula One carmaker.

14 RAMON CALDERON President, Real MadridThe head of one of the world's most popular soccer franchises seems willing to spend almost anything to win.

15 MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Retired Formula One racerThe German retired after the 2006 season, but his presence still looms over the sport.

16 YAO MING Center, Houston RocketsThe 7-foot, 6-inch international star towers over Chinese sports as a role model and symbol of national pride.

17 GILBERT FELLI Executive Director, Olympic GamesHe served as a key voice for the IOC during the 2008 Games.

18 DIETRICH MATESCHITZ Co-owner, Red Bull racing teamsThe Austrian billionaire tapped his energy-drink fortune to buy a powerful Formula One racing team and soccer clubs in Austria and the U.S.

19 LALIT MODI Chairman and Commissioner, Indian Premier LeagueHe helped create the top cricket league in the world's second-most-populous land.

20 RICHARD SCUDAMORE CEO, F.A. Premier LeagueThe league dominates European soccer, with three of the four semifinal teams in this year's Champions League.

21 RON DENNIS Principal, Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren stands second only to Ferrari in Formula One racing.

22 TIMO LUMME Director, TV and marketing services, International Olympic CommitteeBrought in hundreds of millions of dollars to the IOC by selling marketing rights to the Summer Games.

23 SACHIN TENDULKAR Indian cricketerCaptain of the Mumbai Indians, the Master Blaster ranks among the best batsmen in the history of the game.

24 JOSÉ MOURINHO Manager, Inter MilanOne of soccer's highest-paid coaches is taking over the 2007/08 champions of Italy's Serie A.

25 MARIA SHARAPOVA Tennis StarSharapova has turned her striking looks and devastating serve into successes on and off the court.

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