Forbes’ Power List

Here are some facts from the Forbes magazine’s first-ever World’s Most Powerful People list

  1. Only three Indian businessmen feature: Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, ArcelorMittal chairman Lakshmi N Mittal, and Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata.
  2. Dawood Ibrahim and Osama Bin Laden and a Mexican drug trafficker Jaoquin Guzman too feature in the strange list at ranks 50, 37 and 41, respectively.
  3. Infosys co-founder and UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani and Ratan Tata have been named a separate list of India’s seven most powerful people.
  4. Forbes prepared the list with four primary criteria in mind:
    The number of people that a person influences;
    A person’s ability to project power beyond his/her immediate sphere of influence;
    What kind of financial resources does the person control of have access to; and
    How actively does the person wields his/her power.
  5. Following table show the top 20 people and 4 Indian featuring in this list.

20 Most Powerful People in The World

Rank Name Designation
1 Barak Obama  President USA
2 Hu Jintao  People’s Republic of China 
3 Vladimir Putin  Prime Minister Russia
4 Ben S. Bernanke  Chairman : Federal  Reserve
5 Sergey Brin and Larry Page  Founders Google
6 Carlos Slim Helu  Chief executive , Telmex Mexico 
7 Rupert Murdoch  Chairman, News Corp. U.S. 
8 Michael T. Duke  President, CEO and Director , Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
9 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud  King, Saudi Arabia
10 William Gates III  Co-Chair , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S
11 Pope Benedict XVI  Pope, Roman Catholic Church , Vatican City
12 Silvio Berlusconi  Prime Minister , Italy 
13 Jeffrey R. Immelt  Chairman , General electric
14 Warren Buffett  Chief executive, Berkshire Hathaway 
15 Angela Merkel  Chancellor, Germany
16 Laurence D. Fink  Chairman, Blackrock Inc. 
17 Hillary Clinton  Secretary of States, USA
18 Lloyd C. Blankfein  Chairman, Goldman Sachs 
19 Li Changchun  Propaganda Chief , Communist Party of China
20 Michael Bloomberg  Mayor & Founder, New York City & Bloomberg LP. 

Indian’s in This List

36 Man Mohan Singh Prime Minister of India
44 Mukesh Ambani Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited
55 Laxmi Mittal ArcelorMittal ADS
59 Ratan Tata Chairman Tata Group, India

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