Thursday, October 31, 2013

FORBES: MEET THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE, 2013 [Photos]

No. 1, Vladimir Putin

No. 2, Barak Obama

No. 3, Xi Jinping
The 2013 list, which was released on Wednesday featured no African President while 17 other heads of state that run nations with a combined GDP of some $48 trillion made the list.

Russian President, Vladmir Putin topped the list as the most powerful man in the world ahead of American President, Barack Obama, whilst the general secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping, made the top three.

This is the first year that Putin is wearing the crown. Obama has been on the top of the list for every year with the exception of 2010, when Hu Jintao, the former political and military leader of China, was No. 1.

According to Forbes, "the Most Powerful People in the World list is an annual snapshot of heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly rule the world."

"It represents the collective wisdom of top FORBES editors, who consider hundreds of nominees before ranking the planet's top 72 power-brokers - one for every 100 million people on Earth -- based on their scope of influence and their financial resources relative to their peers."

The founder, Dangote group, Aliko Dangote, has been named by Forbes magazine as the 64th most powerful person in the world.

The survey also put him as more powerful than all African heads of state, including President Goodluck Jonathan.

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No. 4, Pope Francis

No. 5, Angela Mikel

No. 6, Bill Gates

No. 7, Ben Bernanke

No. 8, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

No. 9, Mario Draghi

No. 10, Michael Duke