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|Noun||1.||influential person - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events|
big cheese, big deal, big enchilada, big fish, big gun, big shot, big wheel, head honcho - an important influential person; "he thinks he's a big shot"; "she's a big deal in local politics"; "the Qaeda commander is a very big fish"
elder statesman - any influential person whose advice is highly respected
eminence grise - (French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position; "the President's wife is an eminence grise in matters of education"
Excellency - a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by `Your' or `His' or `Her'; "Your Excellency"
fixer, influence peddler - someone who intervenes with authorities for a person in trouble (usually using underhand or illegal methods for a fee)
heavy hitter - an influential person who works hard to promote the causes they are interested in
hierarch - a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy
kingmaker - an important person who can bring leaders to power through the exercise of political influence; "the Earl of Warwick was the first kingmaker"
magnifico - a person of distinguished rank or appearance
public figure, name, figure - a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
nepotist - a powerful person who shows favoritism to relatives or close friends
policy maker - someone who sets the plan pursued by a government or business etc.; "policy makers often make the right decision for the wrong reason"
power broker, powerbroker - a person who is important by virtue of the people or votes they control; "a power broker who does you a favor will expect you to return it"
sacred cow - a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism
sirdar - an important person in India
socialite - a socially prominent person
sun - a person considered as a source of warmth or energy or glory etc
dignitary, high muckamuck, high-up, panjandrum, very important person, VIP - an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
worthy - an important, honorable person (word is often used humorously); "he told his story to some conservative worthies"; "local worthies rarely challenged the chief constable"