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Putin Named Most Powerful Person in World by Forbes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2013


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Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot.

Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic maneuvring during the international crisis over Syria, and the fate of fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden who was given asylum in Russia.

“Putin has solidified his control over Russia (“dictator” is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage,” Forbes said.

The top spot has been given to Obama every year since Forbes began compiling the ranking in 2009, except in 2010 when Hu Jintao, the former Chinese leader, was deemed the most influential.

It is not the first time Putin, who returned to the Russian presidency last year for a third term that will end in 2018, has been given the accolade.

In a similar survey released by US magazine Foreign Policy in January, Putin was also proclaimed as the most powerful person in the world.

Three other Russians also made it onto the list, which included 72 people. Forbes placed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 53rd place, and Russia’s richest man, Alisher Usmanov, in 63rd place. Head of state oil giant Rosneft Igor Sechin appeared on the list for the first time in 60th place.

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Complement:

Rank Name/Title Organization Age
1

Vladimir Putin

President

Russia 61
2

Barack Obama

President

United States 52
3

Xi Jinping

General Secretary, Communist Party

China 60
4

Pope Francis

Pope

Roman Catholic Church 76
5

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

Germany 59
6

Bill Gates

Co-Chair

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 58
7

Ben Bernanke

Chairman, Federal Reserve

United States 59
8

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

King

Saudi Arabia 89
9

Mario Draghi

President

European Central Bank 66
10

Michael Duke

CEO

Wal-Mart Stores 63
Rank Name/Title Organization Age
11 David Cameron

David Cameron

Prime Minister

United Kingdom 47
12 Carlos Slim Helu & family

Carlos Slim Helu & family

Honorary Chairman

América Móvil 73
13 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

CEO

Berkshire Hathaway 83
14 Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang

Premier

China 58
15 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

CEO

Amazon.com 49
16 Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

CEO

Exxon Mobil 61
17 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

Cofounder, Director Of Special Projects

Google 40
17 Larry Page

Larry Page

CEO

Google 40
18 Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande

President

France 59
19 Timothy Cook

Timothy Cook

CEO

Apple 52
Rank Name/Title Organization Age
20 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

President

Brazil 65
21 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

President, Indian National Congress

India 66
22 Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon

CEO

JPMorgan Chase 57
23 Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Grand Ayatollah

Iran 74
24 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Cofounder, Chairman and CEO

Facebook 29
25 Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey Immelt

CEO

General Electric 57
26 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister

Israel 64
27 Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO

Goldman Sachs Group 59
28 Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister

India 81
29 Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Mayor, New York City

United States 71
Rank Name/Title Organization Age
30 Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing

Chairman

Hutchison Whampoa 85
31 Charles Koch

Charles Koch

CEO

Koch Industries 77
31 David Koch

David Koch

Executive Vice President

Koch Industries 73
32 Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General

United Nations 69
33 Rupert Murdoch & family

Rupert Murdoch & family

Chairman and CEO

News Corp 82
34 Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

President

United Arab Emirates 65
35 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director

International Monetary Fund 57
36 Xuedong Ding

Xuedong Ding

Chairman, China Investment Corp

China 53
37 Enrique Pena Nieto

Enrique Pena Nieto

President

Mexico 47
38 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman

Reliance Industries 56
Rank Name/Title Organization Age
39 Haruhiko Kuroda

Haruhiko Kuroda

Governor, Bank of Japan

Japan 69
40 Ali Al-Naimi

Ali Al-Naimi

Oil Minister

Saudi Arabia 78
41 Lee Kun-Hee

Lee Kun-Hee

Chairman

Samsung Group 71
42 Larry Fink

Larry Fink

Cofounder, CEO

BlackRock 60
43 Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Chairman

Clinton Global Initiative 67
44 Akio Toyoda

Akio Toyoda

CEO

Toyota Motor 57
45 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son

CEO

Softbank 56
46 Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

Supreme Leader

North Korea 30
47 Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Founder, CEO

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. 42
48 Terry Gou

Terry Gou

CEO

Hon Hai Precision 63

 

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