World’s Most Powerful People

Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1) has taken the top spot on Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of “The World’s Most Powerful People” , as he “continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage”. President Barack Obama (No. 2) dropped from the number one spot, followed by General Secretary, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping (No. 3), Pope Francis (No.4) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 5).

Rounding out the Top 10 are Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair Bill Gates (No. 6), U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke (No. 7), Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (No. 8), European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (No. 9 ), and the highest ranking active business person on the list – Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke (No. 10). UK Prime Minister David Cameron (No. 11) dropped out of the Top 10 to take the 11th spot on the list. Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries, slipped a spot to 38 this year while Indian-born steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal was at No. 51, sandwiched between the presidents of the World Bank and South Korea.

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