Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People

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Since 2009, Forbes magazine 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

Increase China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Increase United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

Increase Russia Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

2 China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

Increase Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Increase United States Donald Trump

President-elect of the United States

3 Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Increase Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Decrease China Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Increase China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Decrease United States Barack Obama

President of the United States

Decrease Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

4 United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Decrease Russia Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Increase Vatican City Francis

Pope of the Holy See

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

Increase Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Increase Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Decrease Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Decrease China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Decrease Vatican City Francis

Pope of the Holy See

6 Mexico Carlos Slim

Chief executive of Telmex

Increase Germany Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Increase United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Increase United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Increase United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Increase United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

7 Australia Rupert Murdoch

Chairman of News Corporation

Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Decrease Vatican City Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Decrease United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Decrease United States Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Decrease United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

8 United States Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

Decrease United States Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Increase Italy Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

Decrease Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Increase Italy Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Increase United States Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

9 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Increase India Sonia Gandhi

President of the Indian National Congress

Increase United States Mark Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Facebook

Increase China Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Decrease Italy Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

Increase United States Sergey Brin

Increase United States Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

Increase India Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

10 United States Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Decrease United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Increase United States Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

Increase United Kingdom David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Decrease United States Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

Increase United States Mark Zuckerberg

Co-Founder of Facebook

Listed six or more times[edit]

Listed every time[edit]

Listed seven times[edit]

Listed six times[edit]

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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