Conservative News Site “Newsmax” Ranks Their 50 Most Influential Mormons

Newsmax ranks 50 Most Influential Mormons:

*Note: One notable omission on this list is Liz Wiseman of the Wiseman Group. For more information on her check out her profile on Thinkers 50*

Newsmax did note in their article that they “specifically chose not to include any individuals in leadership” in the First Presidency, Quorum of Twelve Apostles, Relief Society and Primary Presidencies and other Auxiliary leaders in their list with an exception given to Elder Clark, who is the Church Commissioner of Education.

The top 5 most influential Mormons according to their list are:

1. Mitt Romney — A fifth-generation Mormon, the former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee served as a missionary in France. He and his gifted wife, Ann, are the parents of five sons. In addition to a distinguished career at Bain Capital, Romney is widely credited with rescuing the scandal-ridden Salt Lake City Olympic games.

2. Bill Marriott — The executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International led the transformation of the family restaurant business into the world’s largest lodging company. Marriott is easily one of the world’s most recognizable and respected business leaders. He is also known for his tireless work within the Church and philanthropic communities.

3. Orrin Hatch – Now in his seventh term as a U.S. senator for Utah, Hatch is currently chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance. He is also a member and former chairman of both the the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Known traditionally as a conservative, Hatch is one of just a handful of senators who can and does effectively reach across the aisle on important legislation.

4. Jack Gerard – Currently president of the influential American Petroleum Institute (API), a position he has held since 2008, Gerard has been active as a leader in the Church and is a board member and past chairman of National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Claudette, have eight children, including twin boys they adopted from Guatemala.

5. Clayton Christensen — Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is known as an expert on disruptive innovation. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including several New York Times best-sellers, such as “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” Christensen is the co-founder of Innosight, a management-consulting company; Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm with large stakes in Amazon shares UK has; and the Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank. Christensen is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential business theorists. In 2015, he won the Edison Achievement Award — a prestigious award given to world leaders in innovation. Previous winners include Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Ted Turner, and Bill Marriott.



The remainder of the list is as follows.

6. Harry Reid 

7. Mike Lee

8. Jason Chaffetz

9. Jon Huntsman (both and either Jr. or Sr.) *this seems to be cheating a bit by combining two individuals into one spot.*

10. Thomas B. Griffith

11. Mia Love

12. Kim B. Clark

13. Bryce Harper

14. Jeff Flake

15. E. Gordon Gee

16. Gary Herbert

17. Marie and Donny Osmond

18. Robert S. Beecroft 

19. Gordon Smith

20. Glenn Beck

21. Michael K. Young

22. A. Scott Anderson 

23. Blake Roney

24. Steve Young

25. Mike Leavitt

26. David Neeleman

27. Andy Reid

28. Cael Sanderson

29. Danny Ainge

30. Edwin Catmull

31. Ken Niumatalolo

32. Gerald Molen

33. Raul Labrador

34. Brandon Flowers

35. Kaskade

36. Bronco Mendenhall

37. Gladys Knight

38. Sheri Dew

39. Dave Checketts 

40. Frank VanderSloo

41. Brent Scowcroft

42. Stephenie Meyer 

43. Eric Varvel 

44. Orson Scott Card

45. Lloyd Newell

46. Richard Bushman

47. Kathleen Flake

48. Johnny Miller

49. Enid Greene Mickelsen

50. Mark Skousen

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