Tsai Ing-wen one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders

President Tsai Ing-wen features on Fortune magazine's 2017 list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Tsai placed number eight on a list headed by Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, Alibaba boss Jack Ma and Pope Francis.

After the pope, Tsai was the second head of state on the list. Other national leaders on the list included Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania.

Fortune noted that Tsai made headlines in December last year with her phone call with Donald Trump, the then US president-elect. The first contact between the leaders of Taiwan and the United States since 1979 was called a bold move on the part of Taiwan's first woman president. Fortune also said that when Beijing sought to punish Taiwan in the area of tourism last year, Tsai responded by reaching out to tourists from Southeast Asia. The result was that Taiwan saw a record number of visitors in 2016.

Number 50 on the list was the Taiwan-born American businesswoman Lisa Su, the CEO of chipmaker AMD. Fortune said Su joined a struggling AMD in 2014 and diversified the company's markets. Under her leadership, the company's stock price quadrupled in 2016.

Source: Radio Taiwan International