50 Most Influential: No. 25 — Thomas Bach
International Olympic Committee
CHANGE FROM 2015: -6
It’s been a tough year for Bach as critics jumped on his handling of the Russian doping scandal at the troubled Rio Olympics. As a result, he doesn’t enjoy the unquestioned authority he once did. But as the IOC membership overwhelmingly demonstrated in key votes in Rio, they still have his back — meaning he more than anyone else decides who wins the 2024 Games.