Global players: 9 Atlantans in charge on the world scene


Jimmy Carter
The tireless ex-president—now grappling with cancer—has helped save and improve the lives of millions through his work with the Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity, and diplomatic missions.

Thomas Frieden
Overseeing a workforce of 14,000 and a $7 billion budget, CDC director Frieden heads a public health agency whose profile continues to grow.

Louie Giglio
The influential Passion City Church pastor declined an invitation to give the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration because of his opposition to gay marriage.

Sanjay Gupta
The Emory neurosurgeon turned down the job of U.S. surgeon general in 2009 but remains one of America’s most trusted healthcare communicators through CNN.

Dennis Lockhart
As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Lockhart’s views on economic policy are followed closely by the financial industry.

Michelle Nunn
Photograph by Caroline Joes/CARE

Michelle Nunn
The former U.S. Senate candidate took the reins this summer of Atlanta-based CARE USA, the international humanitarian relief agency’s domestic arm.

David Perdue
Photograph courtesy of Perdue

David Perdue
The former Dollar General CEO turned junior U.S. senator serves on the agriculture, budget, judiciary, and foreign relations committees.

Jeff Sprecher
As founder of Intercontinental Exchange, a global network of trading markets, Sprecher rose to national prominence with his 2013 purchase of the New York Stock Exchange.

Sally Yates
The former U.S. attorney moved far up the federal law enforcement ladder this spring with her confirmation as U.S. deputy attorney general.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.