Putin remains most powerful person in the world: Forbes
Friday, 7 November 2014 00:08
Forbes.com: No one would call Vladimir Putin a good guy. In 2014 he strong-armed his way into possession of Crimea and waged an ugly proxy war in neighbouring Ukraine, during which an almost certainly Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile downed a civilian jetliner. But as the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would ever call him weak.
So whoâ€™s more powerful: the omnipotent head of a feisty former superpower or the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world? For the second year running, our votes went with the Russian President as the worldâ€™s most powerful person, followed by US President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Here is the top 15:
1: Russian President Vladimir Putin
2. President Obama
3. Chinaâ€™s President Xi Jinping
4. Pope Francis
5. Germanyâ€™s Chancellor Angela Merkel
6. US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
7. Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
8. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi
9. Google co-founder Sergey Brin
10. Google CEO Larry Page
10. Britainâ€™s Prime Minister David Cameron
11. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud
12. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett
13. Chinaâ€™s Prime Minister Li Keqiang
14. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim
15. Indiaâ€™s Prime Minister Narendra Modi