Golden 25 - #19 - Prince Albert. High Profile IOC Member

(ATR) Once the youngest IOC member, Prince Albert of Monaco now ranks near the top in seniority.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14:  Prince Albert II of Monaco meets with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, at the United Nations on December 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Prince Albert II of Monaco meets with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, at the United Nations on December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

(ATR) Once the youngest IOC member, Prince Albert of Monaco now ranks high in seniority, sixth as the new year begins.

Albert is number 19 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2016. Now in its 20th year, the survey ranks 25 individuals or events expected to have a major influence on the Olympics in the year ahead.

Prince Albert turns 58 in 2016, giving him 22 years of service till age 80 retirement.

Arguably one of the most famous IOC members, the prince can easily draw attention to issues affecting the Olympics. And as the only IOC member who is head of state, Albert can take advantage of that connection, too, with open doors at world capitals and the U.N.

The prince chairs the IOC Commission on Sustainability and Legacy, formerly known as Sport and the Environment. He is a patron of Peace and Sport as well as the World Olympians Association. As a member of the Monegasque bobsleigh team, the prince has competed at five Olympics.

2015 ranking: unranked

Written by Ed Hula.

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