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World’s Top 10 Most Powerful People Since 2009 On Forbes list

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

It comes as no surprise that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person in the world in a new ranking by Forbes magazine – and Donald Trump follows at No. 2. Angela Merkel is in 3rd place, China’s President Xi Jinping is in 4th, with Pope Francis behind him.

Putin, who leads the world’s largest nation and exerts a global influence, has clung to first place in the list for the past four years

Despite the British prime minister Theresa May’s addition to the business magazine’s list, the rankings — dominated by CEOs and heads of state — includes only SIX women.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking re-election, placed No.3 remains the most powerful woman, followed by Janet Yellen (6th), Theresa May (13th), Christine Lagarde (25th), Ginni Rometty (61st), and Mary Barra (62nd)

The highest ranked businessman on the list was Bill Gates, who is No. 7 on the list — 28 members of the list serve as chief executives of major companies.

1Barack ObamaHu JintaoBarack ObamaBarack ObamaVladimir PutinVladimir PutinVladimir PutinVladimir Putin
2Hu JintaoBarack ObamaVladimir PutinAngela MerkelBarack ObamaBarack ObamaAngela MerkelDonald Trump
3Vladimir PutinAbdullah bin Abdulaziz Al SaudHu JintaoVladimir PutinXi JinpingXi JinpingBarack ObamaAngela Merkel
4Ben BernankeVladimir PutinAngela MerkelBill GatesPope FrancisPope FrancisPope FrancisXi Jinping
5Sergey Brin & Larry PageBenedict XVIBill GatesBenedict XVIAngela MerkelAngela MerkelXi JinpingPope Francis
6Carlos SlimAngela MerkelAbdullah bin Abdulaziz Al SaudBen BernankeBill GatesJanet YellenBill GatesJanet Yellen
7Rupert MurdochDavid CameronBenedict XVIAbdullah bin Abdulaziz Al SaudBen BernankeBill GatesJanet YellenBill Gates
8Mike DukeBen BernankeBen BernankeMario DraghiAbdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Mario DraghiDavid CameronLarry Page
8Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al SaudSonia GandhiMark ZuckerbergXi JinpingMario DraghiSergey Brin & Larry PageNarendra ModiNarendra Modi
10Bill GatesBill GatesDavid CameronDavid CameronMike DukeDavid CameronLarry PageMark Zuckerberg

“There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Business magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s most influential people identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most,” the magazine said.

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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