Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People

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Starting in 2009, Forbes magazine compiles an annual list of the world's most powerful people. The list has one slot for every 100 million people on Earth, meaning in 2009 there were 67 people on the list, in 2010 there were 68, in 2011 there were 70, and in 2012 there were 71. Slots are allocated based on the amount of human and financial resources that they have sway over, as well as their influence on world events.[1]

Forbes' Most Powerful People, 2014 (top 10)[2]

2014 list (top 10)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Russia Vladimir Putin President of Russia
2 Steady United States Barack Obama President of the United States
3 Steady China Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
President of the People's Republic of China
4 Steady Vatican City / Argentina Francis Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
5 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
6 Increase United States Janet Yellen Chair of the Federal Reserve
7 Decrease United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founder and Former Chairman of Microsoft
8 Increase European Union Italy Mario Draghi President of the European Central Bank
9 Increase United States Sergey Brin
United States Larry Page
Co-Founder of Google
10 Increase United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2013 list (top 10)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase Russia Vladimir Putin President of Russia
2 Decrease United States Barack Obama President of the United States
3 Increase China Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
President of the People's Republic of China
4 Increase Vatican City / Argentina Francis Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
5 Decrease Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
6 Decrease United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founder and Former Chairman of Microsoft
7 Decrease United States Ben Bernanke Chairman of the Federal Reserve
8 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
9 Decrease European Union Italy Mario Draghi President of the European Central Bank
10 Increase United States Mike Duke Former CEO of Walmart

2012 list (top 10)[4][edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady United States Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
2 Increase Germany Angela Merkel 8th Chancellor of Germany
3 Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia
4 Increase United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founder and Former Chairman of Microsoft
5 Increase Vatican City / Germany Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
6 Increase United States Ben Bernanke 14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve
7 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 6th King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
8 Increase European Union Italy Mario Draghi 3rd President of the European Central Bank
9 Increase China Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
10 Steady United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2011 list (top 10)[5][edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase United States Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
2 Increase Russia Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia
3 Decrease China Hu Jintao General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
President of the People's Republic of China
4 Increase Germany Angela Merkel 8th Chancellor of Germany
5 Increase United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
founder and chairman of Microsoft
6 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 6th King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
7 Decrease Vatican City / Germany Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
8 Steady United States Ben Bernanke 14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve
9 Increase United States Mark Zuckerberg Chief executive officer and founder of Facebook
10 Decrease United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2010 list (top 10)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase China Hu Jintao General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
President of the People's Republic of China
2 Decrease United States Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
3 Increase Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 6th King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
4 Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia
5 Increase Vatican City / Germany Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
6 Increase Germany Angela Merkel 8th Chancellor of Germany
7 Increase United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
8 Decrease United States Ben Bernanke 14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve
9 Increase India Sonia Gandhi President of the Indian National Congress
Member of Parliament, India
10 Steady United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
founder and chairman of Microsoft

2009 list (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 United States Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
2 China Hu Jintao General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
President of the People's Republic of China
3 Russia Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia
4 United States Ben Bernanke 14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve
5 Russia Sergey Brin / United States Larry Page Founders of Google
6 Mexico Carlos Slim Chief executive of Telmex
7 United States / Australia Rupert Murdoch Chairman of News Corporation
8 United States Mike Duke Chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
9 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 6th King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
10 United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
founder and chairman of Microsoft

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Noer and Nicole Perlroth (11 November 2009). "The World's Most Powerful People". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ "The World's Most Powerful People". Forbes. November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Xi Jinping - Forbes
  4. ^ "The World's Most Powerful People". Forbes. January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "The World's Most Powerful People List - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  1. ^ Xi holds all three offices required to be China's paramount leader, and after two years in office of General Secretary, he has become one of the most powerful Chinese ruler.[3]

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