Best African Empires

1. Egypt

Beginning in 3150 BC with political unification under the first pharaoh, Egypt had the longest and most well known empire in history. Its technological, cultural, linguistic, economic, social, and artistic innovations are without parallel in the course of human history. Volumes have been written about its accomplishments and that of its leaders, we won’t bore you, so look up the rest yourself.

2. Aksum

The Kingdom of Aksum was one of the greatest empires to ever exist in Africa. Lasting from around 100 AD to 940 AD, it spanned a large portion of east Africa and beyond, including modern-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Sudan. There are few remnants left today, though the name of the modern-day city of Aksum (Axum), Ethiopia serves as a reminder of a kingdom that was once connected to early Christianity, the Queen of Sheba.

great civilizations of Meroe and Axum which had indigenous writing systems, and sculpted amazing stone towers still around today. They were famous iron workers whose weapons and tools were much sought out and traded in the Middle East and farther a field.

The Kingdom helped link Rome with India

The Kingdom of Aksum was situated in a strategic position in the middle of a large trade route that extended all the way from Rome to India. The empire had previously traded with Arabia and India before the Romans came on the scene, seeking access to the spices, incense, and silks available from the Far East. Trade was conducted via numerous ports along the Red Sea coast.

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4. Kush

5. Abysinnia

The great Abyssinian or Ethiopian Empire proudly stood from 1137 until 1974, one of the only empires in Africa to last until the late 20th century — many famous rulers included names like Yohannes, Tewodros, Menelik, and Halie Selassie. Most notably, the empire had a strong military that defeated multiple invaders over the centuries including the Italians, leaving Ethiopia with the distinction of the only country in Africa to never fall under colonial influence.

6. Songhai

For sheer size, few states in African history can compare to the Songhai Empire. Formed in the 15th century from some of the former regions of the Mali Empire, this West African kingdom was larger than Western Europe and comprised parts of a dozen modern day nations. The empire enjoyed a period of prosperity thanks to vigorous trade policies and a sophisticated bureaucratic system that separated its vast holdings into different provinces, each ruled by its own governor. It reached its zenith in the early 16th century under the rule of the devout King Muhammad I Askia, who conquered new lands, forged an alliance with Egypt’s Muslim Caliph and established hundreds of Islamic schools in Timbuktu. While the Songhai Empire was once among the most powerful states in the world, it later crumbled in the late 1500s after a period of civil war and internal strife left it open to an invasion by the Sultan of Morocco.

7. Carthage

Lasting a millennium, the Carthaginian Empire controlled most of North Africa, and parts of what is now Spain, Italy, and France at various times. Based around the Phoenician city-state of Carthage (present-day Tunis), Carthage was known for perpetually fighting wars. Its most brilliant leader and military mind being Hannibal, known for leading his army including war elephants through Europe and across the Alps in a failed attempt to sack Rome by land.

8. Ghana

9. Ashanti Empire

The Ashanti Kingdom (also known as Asante) was one of the most prolific Africa has ever seen and reigned over a large part of present-day Ghana all the way down to the Ivory Coast for over 300 years. While the kingdom eventually fell apart in 1957, many of the traditions still live on. In fact, the Ashanti monarchy still continues (in a much smaller form) inside Ghana. From its origins, to its long history, to its rich culture, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Ashanti Kingdom.

10. Benin Empire


20 Worst African Leaders




1.Francisco Nguema was the first President of Equatorial Guinea; he ruled Equatorial Guinea before his nephew in 1979 overthrew him and sentenced to death by Firing squad for genocide and other crimes he committed. He was brutal and apparently deranged, and he is one of the worst dictators in modern African history.Years in power: 11 years

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Lows: During his regime, he granted himself “all direct powers of Government and Institutions.” He ordered the death of entire families and villages; he executed members of his family, One-third of the population fled the country, he ordered every boat in the nation sold or destroyed and banned all citizens from the shoreline to prevent more people from escaping his terror.

2. African Kings that Sold their people into Slavery

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2. Joseph Mobutu

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3. Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor once described as the “tyrant of death” was the President of Liberia from August 1997 until 2003 when international pressure forced him to resign and go into exile in Nigeria. He remains one of the most brutal dictators in Africa till date.

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Years in power: 6 years

Lows: Charles Taylor is currently serving a 50-year sentence for his involvement in what the judge described as “some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.” He was found guilty of the following charges: Acts of terrorism, Unlawful killings, Murder, Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons,

3. He also served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 31 January 2011 to 29 January 2012.

Lows: State-operated radio declared President Obiang “the country’s god” with “all power over men and things,” and thereby he “can decide to kill without anyone calling him to account and without going to hell.” Unlawful killings, government-sanctioned kidnappings; torture of prisoners by security forces, and even accusations of cannibalism has trailed President Obiang’s regime. Forbes estimates his wealth to be around $600 million; he has used an oil boom to enrich his family at the expense of the citizens of Equatorial Guinea.

4. Omar Al Bashir

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Sudan’s President seized power in 1989 in a bloodless military coup against the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi- a government which was democratically elected by the people of Sudan. Soon after seizing power, Al-Bashir dispersed all political parties in the country, disbanded the country’s parliament and shut down all privately-owned media outlets. His reign has been characterized by a civil war in which over one million have been killed, while several millions have been displaced. Al-Bashir is still wanted by the International Criminal Court for instigating crimes against humanity, particularly in directing and funding acts of violence against the Southern Sudan. Famously corrupt, a diplomatic wikileaks cable revealed that Al-Bashir likely siphoned some $9 billion of his country’s funds into his private bank accounts in the United Kingdom.


5. Idi Amin

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6. Yahya Jammeh took power in a bloodless military coup in 1994. Jammeh got re-elected as the 2016 general elections to Adama Barrow, and surprisingly, he conceded defeat. Only to reject the results few weeks after, he finally left Gambia in exile to Equatorial Guinea after sustained pressure by the African Union, Ecowas, and UN.

Years in power: 23 years

Lows: Strong human rights abuses have marked Yahya Jammeh’s regime, he also claims to have a cure for HIV Aids and his hate for homosexuality is well documented, recently, he threatened to slit the throats of any homosexual in Gambia.

7. Gnassingbé Eyadema remains one of Africa’s longest-serving dictator. Eyadema became the president of Togo in 1967 after he led a military coup against the incumbent President, a man he helped bring to power in a bloody military coup. He died of a heart attack in 2005, and his son Faure was named the President of Togo in controversial circumstances.

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Years in power: 38 years

Lows: Eyadema is the pioneer of Africa’s first military coup d’etat, an act that soon became the political trend in Africa. He organized a presidential election in 1998 and canceled “in the interests of national security” when he was losing. He was accused of several cases of human right abuses.

8. Paul Biya


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Paul Biya has been the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. He consolidated power in a 1983–1984 power struggle with his predecessor and he remains a powerhouse in Africa and the president of Cameroon till date.

Years in power: 35 years +

Highs: Cameroon has enjoyed peace and stability for the past 30 years. Paul Biya’s regime has also overseen one of the strongest diplomatic relations in Africa.

Lows: Paul Biya has kept himself in power by organizing sham elections and paying international observers to certify them free of irregularities, the top African leader, and dictator who has been accused of constant human right abuse, was ranked 19th in Parade Magazine’s Top 20 list of “The World’s Worst Dictators.”


9. Yoweri Museveni – Uganda

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10. Jacob Zuma – South Africa

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11. Edgar Lungu – Zambia

Sold his country to the Chinese

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12. Buthelezi – South Africa Tried to fight against the ANC, because he was jealous and wanted power.

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13.  President John Mahama – Incompetent President

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14. Bingu Wa Mutharika – Malawi

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15. Goodwill Zwelithini – Responsible for foolish xenophobia attacks

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16. King Mswati

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Africa’s last absolute monarch presides over a country which has one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates: Over 35 percent of adults. Its average life expectancy is the lowest in the world at 33 years; nearly 70 percent of the country’s citizens live on less than $1 a day and 40 percent are unemployed. But for all the suffering of the Swazi people, King Mswati has barely shown concern or interest. He lives lavishly, using his kingdom’s treasury to fund his expensive tastes in German automobilesfirst-class leisure trips around the world and women. But his gross mismanagement of his country’s finances is now having dire economic consequences. Swaziland is going through a severe fiscal crisis. The kingdom’s economy is collapsing and pensions have been stopped. In June last year, the King begged for a financial bailout from South Africa, and the country is at a dead end, so badly that it recently announced its withdrawal from the 2013 Africans Nations Cup, citing lack of finances as the principal reason.

17. Goodluck Jonathan

Did nothing about the Chibok Girls crisis except throw those protesting against it in jail.

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18. Blaise Campoare – Back Stabbing Judas loser president

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He led a coup d’état during which Sankara was killed. Subsequently, he introduced a policy of “rectification”, overturning the leftist and Third Worldist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 199119982005, and 2010 in what were considered unfair circumstances.[6][7][8]  Compaoré also helped Taylor in the early 1990s by sending him troops and resources

His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising.


On 31 October 2014, Compaoré resigned, whereupon he fled to the Ivory Coast


Most ratchet countries in Latin America

1. Venezuela

-Highest murder rate

– Highest inflation ever 141 percent

2. Honduras

– Extortion

– Death threats to non payers of protection money

-no work in Honduras, and the insecurity and violence are overwhelming,
3. El Salvador
4. Dominican Republic
5. Brazil

6. Colombia

-Longest guerilla war

-Cocaine Capital




6. Guatemala
7. Peru
8. Colombia
9. Mexico

10. Nicaragua

Taxes around the world

We just keep talking and writing and shouting about taxation here at Nomad Capitalist the same way Europeans and Americans deliberate over football.

Yes, I’m aware that they are not talking about the same thing, despite bearing the same name, but you could say the same thing about the word “taxation” in different countries: It may be the same name, but it can mean something entirely different depending on the country in question.

There are low or zero tax countries and then there are the high tax countries; depending on where you choose to plant your flags, you could be sending half your income to the government or none at all.

No, not all taxation is the same – far from it.

In today’s connected and globalized world, paying more taxes than you have to, if you pay them at all, is a costly error that is more than possible to avoid. It just takes some basic understanding of the different types of taxation, a knowledge of the different tax rates around the globe, and a bit of professional help to get your international tax affairs in order so that your tax bill comes in at a big fat $0.

Worlds most deadliest Countries

1. Syria 212 deaths per 100,000


war in Syria has plunged 80% of its people into poverty, reduced life expectancy by 20 years, and led to massive economic losses estimated at over $200 billion since the conflict began in 2010, according to a UN-backed report.

Almost three million Syrians lost their jobs during the conflict, which meant that more than 12 million people lost their primary source of income, it said, and unemployment surged from 14.9% in 2011 to 57.7% at the end of 2014.

Syria now has the second-largest refugee population in the world after the Palestinians, with 3.33 million people fleeing to other countries, it said. In addition, 1.55 million Syrians left the country to find work and a safer life elsewhere while 6.8 million fled their homes but remain in Syria, it said.

It said education is also “in a state of collapse” with 50.8% of school-age children no longer attending school during 2014-2015 and almost half losing three years of schooling.

2. Afghanistan 202 deaths per 100,000

3. Honduras 90 deaths per 100,000 Most dangerous country not at war


68.5% of Hondurans live in poverty (World Bank, 2016).   Here, 6 out of 10 of households are subject to extreme poverty of incomes of less than $3.80 per day (World Bank).

Honduras is also a difficult place to establish businesses and jobs as proven by a World Bank report that ranks the country 115th out of 190 countries on the ease of doing business and 152th out of 190 on successful enforcement of contracts. the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime labeled Honduras the Murder Capital of the World with 82 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants. 80% of homicide cases are not investigated while 96% never reach any sort of judicial resolution. The U.S. government estimates that approximately 3 to 4 metric tons of cocaine passes through Honduras each month, equivalent to a U.S. street value of $507 to $676 million.

Organized criminal groups like gangs and drug traffickers pay off police, prosecutors, and judges to get away with their crimes. This corrupts the criminal justice system. Without a functioning justice system, impunity runs rampant for criminals and murderers: they are rarely held accountable for their actions. This of course, leads to more violence and crime. This cycle is pictured at right. Impunity, the first piece of this negative cycle, is also the most complex

There is a backlog of more than 180,000 cases in the Honduran courts

There is extremely limited access to any kind of medical care so that if a family member falls ill with a respiratory problem, there are few resources to solve the problem.

Most families do not have access to clean water and get water from a cistern or pozo. If there is no rain, families haul water from the nearest, usually polluted, stream. n a context of poverty and limited government services (whether police, social services, education, health, or otherwise) gangs are likely to form. In Honduras’ marginalized neighborhoods, gangs provide an opportunity for young people to find identity and a source of income. Different sources estimate there are between 12,000 and 40,000 members in Honduras. Gangs commit many different crimes: extortion, street-level drug peddling, wholesale drug trafficking (in some cases), robbery, and murder-for-hire schemes. All of these activities can result in violence or murder. Extorted businesses or individuals do not pay war taxes, gang members may kill them

If multiple gangs want to sell drugs in the same area, they may fight over that territory

Gangs have strict codes for their members that if broken, are punishable by death

When Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in October 1998, 15,000 people died and a million were left homeless in underdeveloped Honduras, the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. What turned Mitch from a natural hazard into a human disaster was a chain reaction of social vulnerabilities created by long-term climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, social inequality, population pressure, rapid urbanisation and international debt.

The gangs enforced a 6 p.m. curfew. Bodies littered the dirt streets in the morning. The 18th Street Gang set up a checkpoint, and every entering driver was asked: Where are you from? Where are you going? Anyone with wrong answers was shot on the spot. I heard from multiple sources — including in the State Department and the Honduran police — about gangsters playing soccer with the decapitated head of someone they had executed.

The city of San Pedro Sula had the highest homicide rate in the world. And the Rivera Hernández neighborhood, where 194 people were killed or hacked to death in 2013, had the highest homicide rate in the city.


More than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

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4. Venezuela 89 deaths per 100,000


90 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line and more than  half of families are unable to meet basic food needs. But what happened to cause these issues? It’s gotten so bad that people are buying rotten meat in the market, because that is all they can afford. The average Venezuelan has lost a shocking 24 pounds in the past year. Medical facilities in Venezuela are breaking down and losing their electricity at the same time that the cost of medications has become astronomical. There is a shortage of around 85 percent of all medicines in the country.public hospitals, which are seen as corrupt, understaffed, and lacking supplies, which hospital staff allegedly steal and resell.

Meanwhile, 13,000 doctors have left Venezuela in the past four years.

Venezuelan gangs are no longer recruiting youths in some poor areas by offering them easy money to buy clothes or the latest cell phones. Instead, they are offering food baskets.

And on the streets, walking around with a bag of groceries can attract more thieves than a full wallet.

carjack gangs set up ambushes, sometimes laying down nail-embedded strips to puncture tires of vehicles ferrying potential quarry. Motorists speak matter-of-factly of spotting body parts along roadways. …

According to the head of waste collection in the city of Maracaibo, Ricardo Boscan, 6 out of every 10 garbage bags or trash cans are being looted by hungry people.[110] Other signs of hunger in Venezuela include the killing of dogs, cats, donkeys, horses and pigeons—whose dismembered remains are found in city garbage dumps—and of protected wildlife such as flamingos and giant anteater

Jobs in Venezuela have all but disappeared, and with violence on the rise and reliable access to food, healthcare and medicine deteriorating, more than 2.3 million Venezuelans have left in the last three years. The shutdowns have taken a toll on the lives of people like the Moleros. “We had to throw away chicken, bread and vegetables because they decomposed during blackouts that lasted more than 15 hours each,” Molero Sr. said.

nearly 58% of children in Venezuela dropping out in 2018.

due to the shortage of steel, abandoned cars and other vehicles would be acquired by the government and melted to provide rebar for housing. Blackouts are a near-daily occurrence, and many people live without running water. According to media reports, schoolchildren and oil workers have begun passing out from hunger, and sick Venezuelans have scoured veterinary offices for medicine.

People steal stop signs and sell them for scrap metal, airlines have stopped flying there, people rob people during funerals, and dig up graves for jewelry to sell

5. Yemen 63 deaths per 100,000



Without access to proper medical care, people have become more vulnerable to treatable and communicable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria

6. El Salvador 60 per 100,000


Central city closes up tight after six PM with metal doors and window bars securely in place on all the shops. Every piece of merchandise, from dolls to donuts, is removed as the night people gradually emerge from the shadows: homeless indigents, petty thieves, druggies and prostitutes. Even the beggars disappear from the crime ridden streets. A San Salvadorian person stands a 50% chance of getting robbed at knife-point; a tourist 90%.

With an estimated 60,000 members in a country of 6.5 million people, the gangs hold power disproportionate to their numbers. They maintain a menacing presence in 247 of 262 municipalities. They extort about 70 percent of businesses. They dislodge entire communities from their homes, and help propel thousands of Salvadorans to undertake dangerous journeys to the United States. Their violence costs El Salvador $4 billion a year, according to a study by the country’s Central Reserve Bank.

Politicians must ask permission of gangs to hold rallies or canvass in many neighborhoods, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors said. In San Salvador, the nation’s capital, gangs control the local distribution of consumer products, experts said, including diapers and Coca-Cola . They extort commuters, call-center employees, and restaurant and store owners. In the rural east, gangs threaten to burn sugar plantations unless farmers pay up.

Unlike the major drug cartels that for years produced much of the region’s violence—using murder in the service of selling marijuana, cocaine and heroin largely to Americans—gangs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala profit from extorting their own neighborhoods

MS-13 gang members have their own prison facility on the outskirts of San Salvador, one of El Salvador’s most dangerous cities. The prison was originally built to house around 800 inmates, but now holds close to 3,000. The MS-13 members were behaving so aggressively to non-members that they had to isolate them. Further, there are no prison guards inside the facility, as they too were being picked off one by one. The prison is essentially run by the gang, and the Salvadoran army stands guard on the outside of the complex, in the event that inmates try and escape. Despite the extremely violent nature of the gang, operations run quite smoothly on the inside.

One of the most notable traditions of the MS-13 gang are their brutal initiation rituals. Wannabe members must survive vicious beatings and carry out brutal missions in order to be granted membership. Sometimes, initiation is so severe that it requires a would-be member to murder a rival gang member. The gang must be sure that all initiated members are willing to go to any lengths to protect and defend the club. If, during the initiation process, a prospect proves to be weak or unfit, they are not granted membership. The brutal beat-ins are not reserved for the men. Female prospects suffer the same initiation process, sometimes even worse, as the men will join in when a woman is initiated. Some of the women are subjected to gang rape and assaults that are extremely severe. All in the name of belonging to a gang.

In 2015 homicide rate of 104 people per 100,000 was the highest for any country in nearly 20 years, according from the World Bank.

Two out of three Salvadorans never attend high school.

7. Libya 41 deaths per 100,000

8. Iraq 40


9. South Sudan 40


10. Somalia 40



Richest countries in the Tropics

  1. Singapore  $61,000 5 million people

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2. Brunei $27,601 300,000 people

Reason- Oil



3. Seychelles

Reason- Tourism and offshore banking



4. Oman   $17,898.  3 million people


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5. Trinidad and Tobago  $15,838. 1.5 million


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6. Barbados  $15,667




7. Panama  $15,313

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8. Costa Rica   $12,144

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8. Malaysia  $11,237

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9. Mauritius $10,437

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10. Botswana   $8,443

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11. Thailand   $7,588

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Richest Countries not in the Tropics

1. Qatar

2. Luxemburg

3. Switzerland

4. Norway

5. Iceland

6.  United States

7. Denmark

8. Australia

9. Ireland

10. Sweden


Most important cities in the World

1. London

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London is a city where businesses thrive; around 40% of the world’s foreign equities are traded here, this figure is larger than that of New York.

London is also a focal point for transport with more than 100,000 flights a month occurring to and from destinations from all over the world

In London, there are endless venues for entertainment; approximately 300 theatres, 12,000 restaurants, 500 cinema screens and also 240 museums and galleries.

$731 billion

2. New York City


Also known as The Big Apple and the ‘City that Never Sleeps,’ New York ranked second wealthiest cities in the world by GDP. New York highly concentrates in its advanced service sectors including law, accountancy, banking, and management consultancy. It is the highest global center for the advertising industry.

New York’s economy is based on the financial, insurance, healthcare, and real estate industries wand the major center for mass media, journalism, and publishing in the US. Furthermore, NYC is the country’s most important arts center. Gdp is 1.5 billion


3. Hong Kong


Formerly controlled by Britain, Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 and as such has a unique place in the world. One of Asia’s biggest financial centers, it is also a major port city.

$340 billion

4. Tokyo


Tokyo has been ranked as the wealthiest cities in the world by GDP and the world’s largest metropolitan economy. Due to its booming economy, this city extremely contributes to the world’s economy. Tokyo is a major international finance hub which caters several of the largest investment banks and insurance companies in the world.

Tokyo is also the center for Japan’s transportation, publishing, electronics and broadcasting industries. Although the country experienced natural calamities which left massive damages, the country was able to rebuild and outgrew into the most developed cities in the world. Tokyo is ahead with the electronics, telecommunications, and publishing industries.

$1.7 trillion

5. Washington, DC


There is an argument to say that Washington is the world’s most influential city, given it is home to the US’s most important political institutions. In addition to American institutions like the White House and the Capitol, the city hosts international institutions including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

6. Rome


7. Mecca


8. Los Angeles


LA is the second largest cities in the United States and the most populated cities in the state of California. It is the focal point of the American entertainment industry as the Hollywood is situated in the area.

Regarding the city’s economy, LA is recognized as a global city with a distinct economy in entertainment, culture, fashion, media, sports, science, technology, education, research and medicine. Within the US, Los Angeles has the largest economy and also regarded for the finance and banking industries. Gdp is 800 billion


9. Paris


Paris plays the most important role in the economic growth of France which contributes over 30 percent of the French GDP. With its services and commerce, 80.6 percent of the enterprises are involved in commerce transportation and diverse services, 6.5 percent are engaged in construction and just 3.8 in industry.

Called the ‘City of Romance,’ Paris has been one of the tourism hubs in Europe. Every year, millions of visitors visit the city. Aside from that, it is also defined as the ‘Fashion Capital of the World’ which showcases the top-notch clothing labels.

$669 billion

10. Dubai


11. Singapore


Finance and shipping reign supreme in this Asian city-state. Singapore’s container port is one of the world’s largest. It is also a major hub for the oil industry – almost half of all oil consumed in the world passes through Singapore.

12. Toronto


It may not be as well known as its American neighbors, but Toronto is a globally important city and has the world’s seventh-largest stock exchange by market capitalization.

13. Brussels


14. Amsterdam


15. Berlin


16. Bay Area



17. Chicago


Home of the famous NBA team, Chicago Bulls, Chicago is a developed city with high-rising companies and industries which are a transportation and distribution center. In 2012, the city ranked as the 21st largest economy in the world.

Trading defines Chicago’s importance as a major international city, with two of the biggest commodity exchanges based there. Agricultural products like wheat, corn, and pork are among the products that are traded on the city’s mercantile exchanges.

Chicago caters the sources of the economy’s progress which includes manufacturing, printing, publishing, insurance, and food processing. These play a vital role in the economic growth of the city. Since 1833, the city consistently develops throughout the years.

$524 billion

18. Miami


19. Seoul

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Seoul was named the 2010 World Design Capital. Also the birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul received over 10 million international visitors in 2014,[16] making it the world’s 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism.[17]

Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from a South Korean economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River, which transformed it to the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$845.9 billion[18] in 2014 after TokyoNew York City and Los Angeles. International visitors generally reach Seoul via AREX from the Incheon International Airport, notable for having been rated the best airport for nine consecutive years (2005–2013) by the Airports Council International. In 2015, it was rated Asia’s most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis, with the GDP per capita (PPP) in Seoul being $39,786. Inhabitants of Seoul are faced with a high cost of living, for which the city was ranked 6th globally in 2017.[19][20][21]With major technology hubs centered in Gangnam and Digital Media City,[22] the Seoul Capital Area is home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune Global 500 companies, including Samsung,[23] LG, and Hyundai. Ranked sixth in the Global Power City Index and Global Financial Centres Index, the metropolis exerts a major influence in global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.[24] Seoul has hosted the 1986 Asian Games1988 Summer Olympics2002 FIFA World Cup, and more recently the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit.

20. Geneva

21. Houston

22. Johannesburg