The Grand Master
The Grand Master is elected for life from the Professed Knights by the Council Complete of State. According to the Constitution, as the religious Superior and Sovereign, he must fully dedicate himself to the development of the works of the Order and to set an example of living by Christian principles, to all the members of the Order. He is vested with supreme authority. Together with the Sovereign Council, the Grand Master issues the legislative measures not covered by the Constitutional Charter, promulgates government acts, manages Common Treasure assets, ratifies international agreements and the summoning of the Chapter General. The States with which the Order has diplomatic relations recognize the Grand Master with the prerogatives, immunities and honors reserved for Heads of State. The title of Most Eminent Highness is bestowed on the Grand Master, and the Holy Roman Church confers him the rank of Cardinal.
The Grand Master resides at the Order’s seat of government on Via Condotti in Rome.

Lieutenant ad interim H.E. the Venerable Bailiff Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein
The Lieutenant ad interim governs the Order of Malta until the office ceases to be vacant

From 28 January 2017, following the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing from the office of Grand Master, the Sovereign Order of Malta is governed by a Lieutenant ad interim in the person of the Grand Commander who can carry out acts of ordinary administration until the Office ceases to be vacant.