World’s Most Powerful People

source: Forbes

There are seven billion people on the planet. These are the 70 that matter.

What do the president of the United States, the Dalai Lama, a billionaire drug dealer and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg  all have in common?  They are all featured on FORBES’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People.

The ranking takes into account four factors.  First, Forbes measured how many people a person has power over.  For a religious leader, like Pope Benedict XVI (#7), that would be the number of adherents, or Catholics, in the world.  For a CEO, like General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt (#28) we counted the number of employees.

Then we looked at the financial resources controlled by each candidate, whether that is revenues (for a company), GDP (for a country) or net worth (for a billionaire). Next we asked: Is a candidate influential in more than one arena, or sphere? This bumped up the ranking of people like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#17), who is a powerful politician, a self-made media billionaire and a major philanthropist.

Finally, we gave consideration to how actively the candidates wield their power.  This measure eliminated inactive heirs to great fortunes, semi-retired industrialists and former heads of state.  In all, 70 people made the final list, one for every 100 million people on the planet.

View the full list after the jump.

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Rank Name/Title Organization Age
1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama


United States of America 50
2 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister

Russia 59
3 Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao


People’s Republic of China 68
4 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel


Germany 57
5 Bill Gates

Bill Gates


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 56
6 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud


Saudi Arabia 87
7 Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI


Roman Catholic Church 84
8 Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke

Chairman of the Federal Reserve

United States of America 57
9 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg


Facebook 27
10 David Cameron

David Cameron

Prime Minister

United Kingdom 45
11 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi


Indian National Congress 64
12 Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi


European Central Bank 64
13 Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy


France 56
14 Wen Jiabao

Wen Jiabao


People’s Republic of China 69
15 Zhou Xiaochuan

Zhou Xiaochuan


People’s Bank of China 63
16 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

United States of America 64
17 Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg


New York City 69
18 Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner

Secretary of the Treasury

United States of America 50
19 Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister

India 79
20 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett


Berkshire Hathaway 81
21 Silvio Berlusconi & family

Silvio Berlusconi & family

Prime Minister

Italy 75
22 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff


Brazil 63
23 Carlos Slim Helu & family

Carlos Slim Helu & family


Telmex 71
24 Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch


News Corp. 80
25 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister

Israel 62
26 Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Grand Ayatollah

Iran 72
27 Michael Duke

Michael Duke


Wal-Mart 61
28 Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey Immelt


General Electric 55
29 Zhou Yongkang

Zhou Yongkang

Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legislative Affairs

People’s Republic of China 68
30 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin


Google 38
30 Larry Page

Larry Page


Google 38
31 Ali Al-Naimi

Ali Al-Naimi

Oil Minister

Saudi Arabia 76
32 Rostam Ghasemi

Rostam Ghasemi


Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 47
33 Lou Jiwei

Lou Jiwei


China Investment Corporation 60
34 Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Chief of Army Staff

Pakistan 59
35 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani


Reliance Industries 54
36 Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa


Bank of Japan 62
37 Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il

Supreme Leader

North Korea 69
38 Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon


United Nations 67
39 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director

International Monetary Fund 55
40 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos


Amazon 47
41 Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon


JPMorgan Chase & Co. 55
42 Robin Li

Robin Li


Baidu 42
43 Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein


Goldman Sachs 57
44 Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing


Hutchison Whampoa Limited 83
45 Charles Koch

Charles Koch


Koch Industries 76
45 David Koch

David Koch

Executive Vice President

Koch Industries 71
46 Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson


ExxonMobil 59
47 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal


ArcelorMittal 61
48 Recep Erdogan

Recep Erdogan

Prime Minister

Republic of Turkey 57
49 Robert Zoellick

Robert Zoellick


World Bank Group 58
50 Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Former President

United States of America 65
51 Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Tibet 76
52 Larry Fink

Larry Fink


BlackRock 59
53 Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan


United Arab Emirates 63
54 Bill Gross

Bill Gross


55 Joaquin Guzman Loera

Joaquin Guzman Loera

Drug Trafficker

Sinaloa Cartel 54
56 Ahmed Shuja Pasha

Ahmed Shuja Pasha

Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence

Pakistan 59
57 Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar


D-Company 55
58 Tim Cook

Tim Cook


Apple 51
59 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev


Russia 46
60 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son


SoftBank 54
61 Azim Premji

Azim Premji


Wipro Limited 66
62 Yoshihiko Noda

Yoshihiko Noda

Prime Minister

Japan 54
63 Joseph Blatter

Joseph Blatter


International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 75
64 Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Executive Editor

The New York Times 57
65 Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault


Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) 62
66 Sebastian Pinera

Sebastian Pinera


Chile 61
67 John Boehner

John Boehner


United States House of Representatives 61
68 Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge


International Olympic Committee 69
69 Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping

First Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party

People’s Republic of China 58
70 Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov


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