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, 2015 (top 10)[2]

Year-by-Year Top 10[edit]

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1 United States Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

1 Increase China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

1 Increase United States Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

1 Increase Russia Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

2 China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

2 Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

2 Increase Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

2 Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

2 Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

2 Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

3 Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

3 Increase Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

3 Decrease China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

3 Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

3 Increase China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

3 Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

4 United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

4 Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

4 Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

4 Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

4 Increase Vatican City Francis

Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

5 United States Sergey Brin

United States Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

5 Increase Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

5 Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

5 Increase Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

5 Decrease Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

5 Decrease China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

6 Mexico Carlos Slim

Chief executive of Telmex

6 Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

6 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

6 Increase United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

6 Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

6 Increase United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

6 Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

7 United States Rupert Murdoch

Chairman of News Corporation

7 Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

7 Decrease Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

7 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

7 Decrease United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

7 Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

7 Decrease United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

8 United States Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

8 Decrease United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

8 Increase European Union Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

8 Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

8 Increase European Union Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

8 Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

9 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

9 Increase India Sonia Gandhi

President of the Indian National Congress

9 Increase United States Mark Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Facebook

9 Increase China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

9 Decrease European Union Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

9 Increase United States Sergey Brin

Increase United States Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

9 Increase India Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

10 United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

10 Decrease United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

10 Increase United States Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

10 Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

10 Decrease United States Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

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 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 

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