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Pope Francis, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among World's 50 Greatest Leaders

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Image: Lin-Manuel Miranda

An Argentinian pope, a Puerto Rican composer who has transformed Broadway and a Mexican-American journalist are among Fortune Magazine's 'World's 50 Greatest Leader' list released Thursday.

The list looks to “recognize those who are inspiring others to act, to follow them on a worthy quest, and who have shown staying power.”

These are the Latino and Latin American leaders that made the list:

4. Pope Francis

Image: Pope Francis general audience
A handout picture provided by Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis waving during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 23 March 2016.OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT / EPA

Pontiff, Roman Catholic Church

"The pope’s unapologetic advocacy on behalf of the poor and the environment has only boosted his ­popularity—when he launched an Instagram account in March, he gained 1 million followers in 24 hours."

7. Christiana Figueres

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres attends a Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communique presentation during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015 in Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris.AFP/Getty Images

Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

"The daughter of a Costa Rican President who led a landmark revolution in 1948, Figueres became the United Nations climate-change chief in 2010, tasked with nothing less than halting the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming."

13. Sergio Moro

Federal Judge Sergio Moro speaks during a business meeting promoted by Business Leaders Group (LIDE) in Sao Paulo Brazil on September 24 2015.AFP/Getty Images

Federal Judge, Brazil

"Moro has led the prosecution of a brazen corruption scheme that siphoned $3 billion from Petrobras, the national oil company, to the pockets of politicians and officials. President Dilma Rousseff risks impeachment, and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s reputation is in tatters."

18. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Image: Lin-Manuel Miranda
In this Aug. 6, 2015 photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda appears at the curtain call following the opening night performance of "Hamilton" in New York.Charles Sykes / AP

Composer, lyricist, author, "Hamilton"

"Without comment or apology, black and Hispanic actors (including Miranda, as Hamilton) portray every Founding Father. It’s Miranda’s way of asserting that America’s ideals belong to everyone—and it’s arguably the most optimistic, civic-minded statement any artist is making today."

24. Anna Maria Chávez

National Girl Scout Cookie Day
CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chávez supports the world's largest girl-led business during National Girl Scout Cookie Day on February 8, 2013 in New York City.Paul Morigi

CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

"Chávez has teamed with the likes of Sheryl Sandberg (on a campaign to encourage leadership among girls), First Lady Michelle Obama (who recorded a scouts recruitment video), and even Chris Rock, who collected more than $65,000 during the Oscars in donations and sales of Thin Mints and Tagalongs."

26. Mauricio Macri

Image: Mauricio Macri
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Olivos' presidential residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.Victor R. Caivano / AP

President, Argentina

"For decades fiscal mismanagement and corruption have made Argentina an economic backwater. But Macri, the new President, has foreigners and Argentines alike expressing optimism about the country again."

43. Jorge Ramos

Journalist and author Jorge Ramos speaks at 'America 2050: The Future of News & Latinos' at the John F. Kennedy Junior Forum at Harvard University Kennedy School Institute of Politics on April 14, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Journalist and author Jorge Ramos speaks at 'America 2050: The Future of News & Latinos' at the John F. Kennedy Junior Forum at Harvard University Kennedy School Institute of Politics on April 14, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.Paul Marotta

Journalist, Univision

"Ramos is part journalist, part advocate, a newsman who hammers candidates on immigration policy even as he urges Hispanic Americans to register to vote."

46. Ramón Mendéz

Ramón Méndez, Uruguay’s head of climate policy.
Ramón Méndez, Uruguay’s head of climate policy.Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Head of Climate Change Policy, Uruguay

"As national director of energy, Méndez oversaw the transformation, capitalizing on the nation’s blustery weather to build wind farms and tapping hydropower and biomass."

Read the rest of Fortune's third annual list here.

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