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20 Most Powerful Personalities in the World

Updated on August 30, 2017
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#20: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been ranked at the end of the list.

She is now Secretary of State for the United States of America. She is the wife of former American president Bill Clinton.

What Forbes says: The former First Lady and US senator is 'now America's most popular politician, with favorability rating nine percentage points higher than Obama's'.

#19: Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy is the President of France. He has also become famous for his marriage with the beautiful model named Carla Bruni.

What Forbes says: Nicolas Sarkozy 'is standing tough on raising the retirement age (to 62) and pension reform'.

#18: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister of India and a member of the Indian National Congress.

What Forbes says: Dr Singh is enjoying the success of his own liberalisation policies. 'World Bank forecasts India's GDP will surge 7.6% in 2010, another 8% in 2011; not far behind its 9% forecast for China.'

#17: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., the company that brought us some of the most popular and best selling technologies of all time: the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.

What Forbes says: 'First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as a messiah tablet, the savior of the publishing industry.'

#16: Dilma Roussef

The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff is ranked sixteenth on the list of most powerful people.

What Forbes says: 'As Brazil's newly elected president Rousseff will run Latin America's largest economy and world's pantry: top exporter of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry.'

#15 - Jean Claude Trichet

The president of the European Central Bank is in the 15th position.

What Forbes says: Jean-Claude Trichet 'oversees monetary policy for the 16 countries that constitute the Eurozone.'

#14 Silvio Berlusconi

Who: Prime Minister, Italy

What Forbes says: He may be plagued by scandals, but Italy's prime minister has built his 'fortune through Fininvest, which now has interests in media, life insurance, movie production and soccer team AC Milan.'

#13: Rupert Murdoch

Who: CEO, News Corp.

What Forbes says: Murdoch's 'Fox News generated $700 million in operating profit in 2010.

#12: Dmitriy Medvedev

Who: Russian President, Putin's hand-picked successor.

What Forbes says: The official No. 2 man in the Russian government and former one-term president (2008-2012) of the 143 million population country is now seen as increasingly isolated from Putin's inner circle.

#11: Zhou Xiaochuan

The governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan has been ranked eleventh on the list.

What Forbes says: A Chinese economist and bureaucrat, Zhou has been 'in charge of the monetary policy of the People's Republic of China'.

#10: Bill Gates

World’s leading billionaire, Co-Chair and founder of ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’

What Forbes says: Bill Gates 'convinced nearly 60 of the world's wealthiest to sign his Giving Pledge' for charity.

#9: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi is the President of Indian National Congress. She is originally from Italy, where she met the son Rajeev Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and returned to India with him as his wife. After the death of her husband in a bomb blast she became the president of Indian national congress.

What Forbes says: Sonia Gandhi is described as 'a person who wields unequalled influence over 1.2 billion Indians'.

Actually I do not agree what Forbes says about her. Because I am from India and I know what the Indian National Congress is like under her leadership. The party is caught up in so much corruption and so many scams, such as selling the country's securities to terrorists and other shady incidents like the 2G scam. The only way that the Indian National Congress can win is with the money they use to buy votes.

#8: Ben Bernanke

Mr. Ben Bernanke is Chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

What Forbes says: Ben Bernanke, who regulates US fiscal policy, now has 'only one arrow left in his financial quiver: quantitative easing - in layman's terms, printing money.'

#7: David Cameron

Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron is ranked seventh.

What Forbes says: The youngest British prime minister's rule has been 'hailed by some as the second coming of Margaret Thatcher'.

#6: Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is sixth on the list.

What Forbes says: 'She is the most powerful woman on the planet'

#5: Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI has been ranked fifth

Pope of the Catholic Church and head of the Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI is in fifth place.

What Forbes says:Pope Benedict XVI 'appears genuinely interested in healing old wounds'.

#4: Vladimir Putin

The Russian Prime Minister has been ranked 4.

What Forbes says: Prime Minister Putin is still 'more powerful than his handpicked head-of-state, President Dmitry Medvedev.'

#3: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Who: King of Saudi Arabia

What Forbes says: The King 'is a ruler of desert kingdom that contains the world's largest crude oil reserves'.

#2: Barack Obama

Who: President of United States of America

What Forbes says: The US President topped the list last year. 'It's quite a come-down for last year's most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two.'

Who: President of the People's Republic of China since 2003

What Forbes says:'Unlike Western counterparts, (he) can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts'.

Do not think that this is the final as these results are made on the basis of reader’s rating, surveys, polls, etc. There may be more powerful personalities than these twenty whom we do not know.

#1: Hu Jintao

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Chinese President Hu Jintao, who rules over world's largest populated country is at the top of the list of world's most powerful person as determined by Forbes magazine.

© 2011 choiceman


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      John 17 months ago

      If we saw reality, then Saudi-King is the most powerful in the world

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      shalu 20 months ago

      NARENDRA MODI should be in this list

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      Suman 22 months ago

      Why Manmohan Singh and not PM Modi.

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      Hirak 23 months ago

      Narendra Modi should be there I guess

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      mohd asif 23 months ago

      I think Barack obama

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      @vedang 2 years ago

      narendra modi is missing

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      hamza sial 2 years ago

      zardari shold b in this ranking...........he is also a class president of pakistan

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      @K 2 years ago

      its OBAMA.....

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      @K 2 years ago

      its OBAMA.....

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      harshal more 2 years ago

      i would like to vote Dr manmohan singh

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      ishita 2 years ago

      i thnk i wud like lke to vte...obama

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      farooqi 2 years ago

      altaf bhai ....

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      smcopywrite 2 years ago from all over the web

      is a powerful personality the same as having powerful charisma? is there a difference? power and money are typically what people expect from a powerful person (one or the other) though, i would also say a person with neither is capable of getting both with the right percentage of charisma going for them. great hub

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      hussey 2 years ago

      narendra modi ......

      are you serious ???????

      i don't think so he can even make it to the top 50 list..:)

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      Mohsin 2 years ago

      damn author!

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      Shah Arif 2 years ago


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      sai 3 years ago

      Where is narendra modi

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      bilal 3 years ago

      Zardari is ma favorite

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      Jj 3 years ago

      imran khan the best personality

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      Keshav 3 years ago

      Maannn..The most important person is missing from the entire list.. Mr. Modi.. PM of India :)

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      rty 3 years ago


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      kaksha 3 years ago

      i think....obama deserves this....

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      akshitha 3 years ago

      obama a great peson

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      vikas 3 years ago

      I think steave deserve only the first.

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      Sambhav 4 years ago

      I think Steve jobs is the one and only person who desrve a good rank...not Dr. Singh.

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      Karthik S 4 years ago

      This type of ranking very positive think give to world personalities.

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      ghuman 4 years ago

      i would like to vote for angela markel

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      ghuman 4 years ago


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      javben 5 years ago

      i think i would like to vote for barak obama .

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      choiceman 7 years ago from India

      Thank u for your vote.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I think I would like to vote for Dilma Rousseff - Interesting Hub.