Top Ten Most Powerful Cities In the World

The Top Ten

1 London London London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.

London is enriched with an incredible background. You name it; music, food, culture or entertainment, No one can compete with the pride of Europe.

London is A masterpeice, I city with fantastic History, architecture, buildings, fashion, entertainment, food and everything is what makes London by far one of the worlds greatest city along with, tokyo, new york, paris and many others!

With names like Trafalgar Square, Waterloo, Nelson's Column and HMS Belfast, London showcases it's historical power. Not to mention being the home of Queen Victoria who was the head of the largest empire ever known. Additionally, London defended itself against the overwelming forces of the Luftwaffe against all odds. In modern times it is arguably the banking and insurance capital of the world.

This is an incredible city with tall sky buildings and lovely food.

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2 New York

Is ranked #10 in terms of population
The seat of the largest financial institutions
The seat of the UN headquarters
The center of the arts, music and entertainment (Broadway, Julliard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc.)
Largest sports teams and arenas (Knicks, Rangers, MSG)
Educational center (Columbia, NYU, etc.)
Largest public transit system in the world
The most powerful European and Asian companies all have want to hold claims in NYC.
The largest tech companies want to establish presence here.
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City with the largest immigrant population. The statue of liberty draws immigrants from around the world. Everyone wants to move here.

You think London is going to be the most influencial city after brexit?

New York is a power house and will remain there for quite a while even if you don't like it. (not trying to be mean) Ny has a EO of 1.1 trillion that contributes to its power and stamina. London isn't far behind and I expect that it will rise further. But until that happens NY will stay ahead of the game.

When you talk about most influential cities in the world New York is #1
Because " Everything happens in New York"
Wall Street, Fashion, Food, art, MOVIES!
Every year you name it there is always a movie set in New York "every year"
Also Super rich!
The only city richer than NY is Tokyo and not for much and take into consideration that Tokyo has almost twice the population.

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3 Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

Tokyo is the world largest population city. It is very beautiful and clean city. I am indian but I love Tokyo. Tokyo is heart of Japan.

I agree.

Tokyo beats all. Yankees sucks

The highest economic output of a StaGGErING 1.3 trillion.

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4 New Delhi New Delhi New Delhi is the capital and seat of government of India. It is also a municipality and district in Delhi and serves as the seat of Government of Delhi.

In terms of economy and otherwise it's not globally as important as Shanghai, Beijing, or Washington - JustAnAccount

I like this city

I been there its very nice city, I feel its heart of India, I proud of be Indian...

My name vikrant I am from India, I been lot of countries but I feel new Delhi is so best for living, I proud to say that now I am in India, and now new Delhi is top ten position..

In Delhi life is so cool, we can find rich poor all types of life, so it's best city I feel in world okay

It still has long way to go but still a great city..many historic monuments - sissy

this is the city which feed food for many citizens. It is the cheapest city and the people are friendly. It is the capital of India and in many matters it goes to the best city in the world.

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5 Paris Paris Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the ...read more.

The city is clean and indeed a nice place to be

Undeserved reputation for being bad for business and rude. Actually great economical and political centre. Amazing place to study, with schools among the best in the world. And beautiful, too.

PSG! Paris is the best city and the most visited

Now there is a big evolution and improvement in high-tech, startups, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies. Paris Île-de-France is the richest area in Europe and the first affair center with La Défense.

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6 Washington DC

I live here. So I might be partial. I'm not from here. But not only is it the political capital of the most economically powerful and culturally influential nation in the world, it is also incredibly diverse here with people wanting to move here from all over the world. I don't know how to measure metropolitan wealth internationally, but domestically it's the richest region in the United States. It's a burgeoning region of booming economic sectors such as finance, and outside of San Jose, it's arguably the second-largest technology corridor in the world. It's also one of the most highly-educated areas in the world as well, with a significant population here of people who have a college educated background. So it's really a sought out city for the intellectual nerd crowd. Every nation has a presence here via embassies. We're second in the world behind Brussels in number of embassies. We also have the headquarters of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. I believe the UN ...more

I deliberately voted DC so that I know you'll read it (you're arrogant like that). When you consider the size of DC to London, it makes Londom more powerful - take it as science and leave it at that.

The decisions made involving the world's largest military (aka most powerful) are in Washington DC (sorry New York). Largest population doesn't mean most powerful. DC has the power to shape the world more than any other place on earth.

DC is the capital city of the most powerful democracy on the planet. It's easily full of the most powerful people in the U.S. And also the world.

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7 Beijing Beijing

It's a very great city. I would love to go there

Best city ever is Beijing, the magic really does happen there
Epic city with people, cars, buildings, trains, food and so much more

So I think it should be the best city ever for its awesome, epic power

Beijing is the heart of asia

The place where all the magic happens.

On its way to overtake New York as the most powerful city on Earth

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8 Berlin Berlin

Leader of the free world; major historic role

Everyone thinks they are stupid because of Hitler but Germans are very nice people! I lived in Berlin for 12 years and I can tell you that!

Leads the EU market, and is saving it from falling and letting commies and Nazis coming back - ErichHimmel

Hitler done his best

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9 Mumbai Mumbai

Financial capital, entertainment center, home to most of the billionaires, skyscrapers what more is required for it to be a global power in itself.

Mumbai the financial capital of India... Home to India's some of the tallest and magnificent towers... British architecture best... MUMBAI rocks...

Not the most powerful city on earth, but it deserves to be higher up. 41 billionaires make this city the 6th on forbes' list, they can't all be wrong for flocking here... this is an incredible number for a poor country. It's not like the city is much more populated, it is not proportional to India, so its high GDP and presence of super rich cannot be dismissed like that. Situated exactly between the west and the east, it is neither east asian (Chinese etc) nor European. A former second city of the British Empire, it has retained its global appeal. After Hong Kong and London, it is the most influential city in the English speaking world outside of America.

Mumbai is best and it rocks without any reason

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10 Moscow

Moscow is the Finance, political, economic Center of Russia. It is a monopol in its own country and controls it to 100 percent, during other large countries have a lot of great cities, Moscow is the special one in Russia, so it is today a single centre in a very large nation and is caused of this the worlds most powerful city.

Why does everyone hate Russia? Moscow should get a much higher ranking. Russia does not have a lot of major cities so pretty much everything happens in Moscow. And if you think about it Russia is strong so Moscow must be a powerful city.

Moscow has given Russia a boosting economy. it is the polital, and economical city of Russia and deserves a higher ranking than... ten. Moscow is the number 1 most powerful city in the world. But why is it so low? Because half the world hates Russia just because they are so damn powerful. So stop hating. Win this for Mother Russia! - espeon567

Most powerful city and has been for the last 100 years

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The Contenders

11 Seoul Seoul Seoul – officially the Seoul Special City – is the capital and largest metropolis of the Republic of Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, the world's 14th largest city and second largest metropolitan area.

While Japan went on its bubble popping, Seoul had to take some of the works Tokyo had to deal with, in means of Industry. Seoul is a very fast city; which here I mean, everything goes fast. Korea's GNP in 1953 was 67$ after a destructive war between communism and capitalism, and in 2007, Korea's GNP became 21655$, making Korea one of the 20 major power on Earth. Seoul was the Engine for all of these; Samsung Headquarters (if Samsung itself becomes an independent nation, it will become one of the top 30 major economy. What! ), SK Labs, LG headquarters, Gangnam and some of the greatest elite education centers are located in Seoul. Seoul has an access to world's best airport, the Incheon Airport, and has a rich history which dates back to because 4000 in prehistory, and was a major city since because 5. The remains of Baekjae, Goryeo, Joseon are still alive, with ancient temples and palaces, old city gates and walls.

1/4 of the population in the Republic of Korea live in Seoul. Hey, McDonalds and Burger King deliver... -

Seoul is very powerful. There are so many good people. Not only seoul but also many cities in Korea, are very powerful.

Best of the best should be #1 back of haters!

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12 Shanghai Shanghai Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of 24.18 million as of 2017. It is a global financial ...read more.

Should be much higher than number 13!

Shanghai is already in top5 today, it's close to 2019 now.

Why isn't Shanghai on this list? That's crazy! Look up some pictures on Google Images!

Shanghai should be in the list. At least Top 10

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13 Oslo Oslo

Best capital ever. - torsja29

14 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.

Very important financially, the world is dominated by money

I love Hong Kong

15 Istanbul Istanbul Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center.

It’s a strong city but not in control by the government and is owned by turkeys enemies

A 14 million population city, with a 25 million population state! And the 2nd biggest city in Europe and the head of over history cultures and it's the city of all times! And as napoleon said : if the world is one state Istanbul will be it's capital. Also it's the only city in the world where the past and present and future meet! So it should be in top 5!

Amazing city, cultural city but its 20th place really

Most powerful city in the heart of the world.

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16 Rio De Janeiro Rio De Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.

Wild nights!

It's a great place to do parties and enjoy

The most beautiful city in the world!

17 Kolkata

Lovely city.

Kolkata is one the powerful city. Why it is not included in the list

Kolkata is one of the most powerful cities in every area.

It is one of the best cities in India

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18 Kiev Kiev

Big city, bridge between Europe and Asia..

Sexy city. The future world sees Kiev as the most powerful city. This statement is made by an indian anthropologist...

Why is it here? ITs fullo boring

19 Vatican City Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome.
20 Chicago Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. ...read more.

The economic capital of the Midwest!

21 Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.

The Religious center of 5 billion people - JustAnAccount

Everything revolves around this city. All countries and people care about what is going on there and it means everything to so many cultures and people. If Jerusalem hiccups, every nation jumps.

22 Toronto Toronto Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada.

This city should be ranked higher than it is.

I do not get it it should be no.9

Toronto has built many new highrise buildings more than any other city in the world and still has planned to build many more in the future. I believe Toronto will be one of 5 top global cities in the world in 20 years.

It should be #1 I love the nice people and the big list of things you can do here.. You will never get board

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23 Pyongyang Pyongyang

Who put this here

No North Korea is terrible and Jim joung in is barbecued he kills his family members and his people if they don't like him it shouldn't be on this list! But Pyongyang probably wouldn't be that bad without kim Jung un!

Great people, a great leader who has fed the population of this great vast country and will lead us to victory against the American oppression. That's why this is the best city in the world

It is the best and powerful city in the world that I have ever seen.

24 Rome Rome

Rome has always been a powerful city. Just check a history book.

Despite what others may think of Rome in the modern era, that doesn't change the fact that the Vatican's Pope still influences and leads the world's largest religion. If we are focusing on modern tech, then Rome is low tier, but if we focus on influence and power, then the Pope is powerful enough to keep Rome near the top, regardless of the political state of Italy.

Rome is the world's cultural capital, over the presence of the pope and the holy see.

Rome was a powerful city maybe 2000 years ago according to mythology and only in Europe if we compare to other Asian Empires.
But today Rome does not deserve to be in that list or at the end of it.

And that will not improve in the future due to lack of budget, lack of vision, lack of modernity from the part of government and Italian themselves, who rely on their ruins.

They are just surviving because of an aggressive market based on lies.

They will never reach one normal American city even much smaller.

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25 Karachi Karachi

Karachi is really a beautiful city roads and fly overs are designed so nice and have so many public parks

Best place ever.. Loved the night life

If you haven t seen karachi you haven't seen the beauty

Outstanding place to live

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26 Manila

Manila is the Best capital in the world because its located at the heart of asia full of history and rich in diverse culture Manila is the best for your family gatherings highly urbanized infrastructures and shopping mall and specially its people are friendly and don't forget the most delicious foods in the whole world. Manila has its own taste, world class shopping great accommodation and a lot more. You can visit Manila Ocean Park, Rizal Park, SM Mall of asia where world class shopping is found, Star City where full of rides can be seen and the newest attraction Resorts World Manila. Manila is full of surprises, you can go there as easy as 123. And proud to say that it is located in the Philippines and one of the fastest growing economies of all asia. You can invest there.

Old City of the Old World.

. It has a lot of amazing street foods and many more tourist spots that the world mostly visits.

So many tourist from different cities in the world

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27 Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America.

Perfect city. It has it all! Largest city on the Western hemisphere. Future powerhouse.

Mexico City is not that powerful NYC is powerful Mexico City is not

Paseo de la reforma is so nice, them the statue of angel and them the passage to castle Chapultepec. So awesome!

R you kiding me. you drive bmw there and you whould get shot and killed. I vist there. its crazy. But I like the people they r nice well at least the good ones.

28 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, or commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia.

Best city in the world.

Rank No.4 for World Shopping Paradise...

I'm a German but what can I say is Malaysia is a really really awesome.

Petronas Tower just amazing!

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29 Riyadh

Best city

30 Sydney

Good city it makes me want to visit

I live in NSW so I like Sydney

It’s the best city cause it’s the best

Very beautiful from Auckland

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31 Singapore Singapore
32 Tehran

Has a greater population and is the capital of Iran.

Powerful? 20 million population ain't enough? - pouria_mt

17million people live in Tehran - persianboy

33 Chennai

Really good

Very Nice place for living with amazing food, everyone can enjoy with beach, Chennai In Asia second most big Beach

One of the most pleasant places in the world and definitely in the south of India. Developing very fast, Chennai will be in the top 20 in the upcoming years!

Smart place in India

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34 Dublin Dublin

High salaries, friendly people, magnificent country and a spirit of freedom

Come on lads everyone knows our army can take over the world any day

35 Montreal Montreal Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada.

A mega-famous Canadian city that died out for about 40 years until about 5 years ago, as it started resurfacing with its rapid growth and when it started building sone of the most modern high-rise buildings in the world

Super strong Canadian city, home to the country's greatest tourism, without this city, Canada is not what it is, who can possibly forget the first metropolitain city in North America? The hub of Air Canada, one of the most popular airlines ever, the most beautiful scenery...

Uh it should be #1

Was a super strong city in the 60s and mid 70s. But the economy went downhill since '81 - CanadianGuy99

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37 Athens Athens

Athens has potentials and as far as I am concerned, it’s the birthplace of democracy and one of the oldest cities in the world with a great location!

38 Manchester

BEST CITY! FIRST MODERN CITY! FIRST BEST CITY! ALWAYS THE BEST CITY!

I was born in Manchester so I am. Going to think it is the greatest city but it was the home of garage music and where the first computer was created and for that reason I love my home town,

For me Manchester is an amazing city. It has an international feel yet retains a northern friendliness. The night life is fantastic. It's definitely a fun city to visit.

Birth place of the modern city. Manchester was the first Industrail modern city, where the worlds first passager railway was founded, and the first computer was made called 'The Baby'. In modern times Manchester can put claim to its music, Graphene and without a shadow of a doubt it's Football.

39 Dubai Dubai

It should be somewhere in the top 10 not 116

Where the impossible is possible

I belive everyone knows that its N.1 without even the need to explain why.

40 Banglore

Bangalore is one of the top high tech cities in the world. Also holds many top IT companies which is in top 20 in the world

I think Banglore is the best because it is very developed and I loved it.

41 Brussels Brussels Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium.

Capital City Of EUROPA

Capital of strongest country(EU)of World.

The EU and NATO headquarters.

42 Jakarta

Jakarta is the best city

I originali from Indonesia so I like this country

43 Sao Paulo

Definitely SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 5. It is the 3rd biggest city in the world and definitely should be in the top 5 most powerful!

Sao Paulo is the economic heart of South America. No doubt.
It should be in the top 5 or at least in the top 10 of the world.

What? 37? this city is the heart of Brazil and South America.

It is the most powerful city of latin america

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44 Frankfurt

Finance capital of Europe, has a huge control of the Euro. The skyline is filled with banks.

Heart of eurozone
Finances capital for Germany and Europe

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46 Hyderabad

Hyderabad has ncredible background I been there its very nice city, all religions live together. We can find rich poor all types of life.

People from all religion live hea happily

Hyderabad beautiful city iñ India's culture amazing

It is also a great powerful city.It has the Biggest airport,it was calld has an IT HUB... Total in Asia Most of the TOP MNCS were in Hyderabad, Latest version of metro rails... The most powerful city

47 Stockholm Stockholm Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries; 962,154 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area.

Stockholm is the home if many wealthy and powerful people and companies.

snow!

R you kiding me. Stockholm is better then Mexico city. Campare pictures

48 Cagayan de Oro

The name of the city itself speaks for it. - joshsanz

49 Amsterdam Amsterdam

Most beautifull men in the world

50 Melbourne

Melbourne has everything, great restaurants, bars, clubs, beaches the people are friendly, is such a layer back city.

Well planned city easy to get around

Melbourne is the best city by far to live in. It has nice people and the longest average lifespan in the world.

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