Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the highest ranking newcomer on 'The World's 72 Most Powerful People' list compiled by Forbes, while Alibaba CEO Jack Ma also made his first appearance.
The list takes into account the amount of money listees control, the number of people they impact, the size of their sphere of influence and how actively they wield their power.
Modi - who was elected Prime Minister in May with a landslide victory for his Bharatiya Janata Party, giving India its first parliamentary majority in 25 years - debuted at number 15.
The charismatic leader previously led the north-western state of Gujarat, where he was praised for opening the state's economy, but was criticized for allegedly turning a blind eye while mobs attacked Muslims during riots in 2002.
As the new leader of Asia's third largest economy, Modi has promised decisive steps to unblock stalled investments across the country.
Other high ranking newcomers from Asia include Jack Ma, China's richest man. The founder of Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce firm, ranked 30th.