Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans

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Colin Powell

As Chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993, and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, Colin Powell became the most powerful yardie on the planet. The Bronx-born son of two Jamaican immigrant parents, Powell was tapped by current President Barack Obama to head the Presidential Delegation attending today’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Kingston.—Jesse Serwer