Interestingly, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named as the most powerful person in the world, in a new list published by financial magazine Forbes. German chancellor Angela Merkel takes second spot on the 2015 list of the world’s most powerful people, leaving United States President Barack Obama in third place.
It is the first time a sitting United States President President has not made one of the top two spots. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has retained his fourth place on the list and the Chinese President Xi Jinping is at number five, having fallen two places.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person, up six places from last year when he was at number 15. Apart from Modi who is at the ninth position, others in the top 10 are Bill Gates at the sixth place, US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen (No. 7), British prime minister David Cameron (No. 8) and Google’s Larry Page(No. 10).
The top 20 most powerful people in the world, 2015
1. Vladimir Putin
2. Angela Merkel
3. Barack Obama
4. Pope Francis
5. Xi Jinping
6. Bill Gates
7. Janet Yellen
8. David Cameron
9. Narendra Modi
10. Larry Page
11. Mario Draghi
12. Li Keqiang
13. Warren Buffett
14. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
15. Carlos Slim Helu
16. Francois Hollande
17. Jeff Bezos
18. Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
19. Mark Zuckerberg
20. Jamie Dimon
What do you think about this year’s “most powerful people” list?
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