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Bill and Melinda Gates pose in front of the Elysee Palace after receiving the award of Commander of the Legion of Honor. Photo: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

FORTUNE's 6th annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders is the home of the brave — thinkers, speakers, and doers make bold choices and take big risks.

1. Bill and Melinda Gates ("Transforming Life for Billions")

2. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

3. Special counsel Robert Mueller

4. Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma

5. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

6. Greta Thunberg, Swedish student and climate activist

7. Margrethe Vestager, European Union competition commissioner

9. José Andrés, chef and CEO, World Central Kitchen

10. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Lisa Woods, Walmart senior director specializing in healthcare design

14. Apple CEO Tim Cook

18. The Pink Wave: 42 newly elected women in Congress

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18 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

2 hours ago - Health

Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot."

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.