NewsMax Names America’s 50 Most Influential Mormons

Mitt Romney, Mia Love, and Bill Marriott
Mitt Romney (Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'), Mia Love (Wikimedia Commons), Bill Marriott (Rex Features via AP Images), from Newsmax

Newsmax published a list today of the 50 Most Influential Mormons in America. Here’s how the online paper introduced the article:

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are important leaders in many fields, including government, economics, entertainment, science, education, and sports. Most would agree Mormons “over index” in many fields that affect millions throughout the world.

To compile the list, Newsmax editors researched many online sources and consulted with in-the-know members of the LDS Church. They called their findings descriptive and “informative” rather than definitive. While gathering the names was fairly subjective, ordering and ranking these Mormons’ influence was even more so.

Some Mormon government leaders have been left out, because there are just too many. Newsmax gave precedence to those with special influence. For example, members of Congress who head important committees.

The top 10 on Newsmax’s list are

  • Mitt Romney—Former Governor of Massachusetts, US presidential candidate
  • Bill Marriott—The executive chairman & chairman of the board of Marriott International
  • Orrin Hatch—Now in his seventh term as a U.S. senator for Utah
  • Jack Gerard—Currently president of the influential American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Clayton Christensen—Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
  • Harry Reid—The U.S. Democratic senator from Nevada is the Senate Minority Leader
  • Mike Lee—U.S. Senator known for considering various points of view while conservative
  • Jason Chaffetz—Congressman, chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
  • Jon Huntsman (Jr or Sr, your choice)—Businessmen, public servants, and philanthropists
  • Thomas B. Griffith—A federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

To find out who those other 40 powerful Mormons are, and to read detailed descriptions of all these over-achievers’ achievements, go to Newsmax.


Gale Boyd is the managing editor for She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.