Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People

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Since 2009, Forbes has compiled an annual list of the world's most powerful people. The list has one slot for every 100 million people, meaning in 2009 there were 67 people on the list and by 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]

The following rankings list the top ten most powerful people according to Forbes.

Historical ranking[edit]

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016[2]
1 United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

1 Increase China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

1 Increase United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

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

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

2 Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

2 Increase United States Donald Trump

Elected to Presidency of United States

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

3 Decrease Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

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 Catholic Church

4 Increase China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

5 United States Sergey Brin

United States Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

5 Increase Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the 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 Catholic Church

5 Decrease Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

5 Decrease China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

5 Decrease Vatican City Francis

Pope of the Catholic Church

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

6 Increase United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

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 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

7 Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

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

8 Increase United States Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

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

10 Increase United States Mark Zuckerberg

Co-Founder of Facebook

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 2016". Forbes. December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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