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Putin, Trump top Forbes ‘most powerful’ list

Forbes released its eighth annual ranking of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’ on Wednesday.

The top 10 is dominated by politicians and world leaders. There are only two women in the top 10, and six on the complete list comprising 74 people.

11 new names made it to the list this year, including United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, US Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan and incoming United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres both made a reappearance on the list after five and seven years respectively.

Here are the 10 ‘most powerful people’ in the world, according to Forbes:

1. Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president claimed the top spot for the fourth year running.

2. Donald Trump
US President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump was elected president of the United States this year.

According to Forbes, Trump has “a seeming immunity to scandal, both houses of Congress on his side, and a personal net worth in the billions”.

3. Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The German chancellor “the backbone of the European Union” was pushed to the third spot from No. 2. She announced her intention to run for a fourth term this year.

4. Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Chinese president rose one spot from last year.

5. Pope Francis
Pope Francis.

The pope was bumped down one place to fifth spot on the list by the Chinese president.

6. Janet Yellen
US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.

Janet Yellen, the first female chair of the US Federal Reserve System rose one spot. “She holds unmatched influence over American monetary policy,” Forbes said.

7. Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates.

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates has been America’s richest person for 23 years running, according to Forbes.

8. Larry Page
CEO Alphabet Larry Page.

Larry Page went from CEO of Google to CEO of Alphabet, the newly-created parent of Google and its sister companies, in Oct 2015.

9. Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys great support in India despite the unexpected introduction of demonetisation measures in the country.

10. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest person on the Forbes list this year, at just 32-years-old.

courtesy : dawn news

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