a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, business leader, or the like.

1590–1600; king + maker

kingmaking, noun, adjective Unabridged
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kingmaker (ˈkɪŋˌmeɪkə)
a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority

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Example sentences
She might not be a kingmaker but she carries a lot of influence.
By financing clean-tech ventures on a large scale, the government has become a
  kingmaker in one of technology's hottest sectors.
Even more importantly, he has become the political kingmaker.
Luce tried, with little success, to play kingmaker in presidential politics.
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