Forbes Ranks the 10 Most Powerful People in the World
Power is more important than money for lots of individuals
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One lone woman is among the top ten most powerful people in the world today
Surprisingly Forbes has ranked the most powerful people in the world and we have a few Americans making the cut. Being one of the most powerful people in the world does take a little pull here or there or unbridled wealth. There are literally millions of millionaires around the world, but the billions are what put the wealthiest where they are on the list. Millions does not seem to be enough anymore.
Not surprisingly the list includes leaders in the free world, business leaders and religious figures. Although countless people around the world believe Americans to be many of the individuals on the list, surprisingly they are not. However, there are some criminals listed side by side with opinion makers. These are the Top Ten Most Powerful people in the world.
10) David Cameron
The prime minister of England has the number ten spot which makes a lot of people raise an eyebrow. Countless have asked if part of the wallet size or power has to do with contributions from the Monarchy. The Prime Minister does not receive a piece of the pie of monies distributed by Great Britain to the Royal Family.
He is a 45 year old married man netting approximately $225,000 each year. Many of his citizens in Great Britain have compared him to Margaret Thatcher. David Cameron is at odds with his conservative government with a lot of infighting within the political ranks in the U.K.
9) Mark Zuckerberg
The creator of Facebook is ranked at number 9 with his take home pay worth north of $17 billion, yes with a B, dollars. At the age of 27, life has been good to this Harvard drop out. He has 10% of the world’s population visiting his website at least 6 hours each month.Yes, he is single ladies.
8) Ben Bernake
Getting under $200,000 per year, Mr. Bernanke is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States and a married father of 2. He is responsible for shaping up our banking system after the banking crisis occurred which shook the entire world.
Bernake is working on a project, Operation Twist, that will urge long term interest rates lower than they currently are as he attempts to affect the Fed’s $1.7 trillion portfolio of America’s federal debt. Driving the most dominant economy on the globe will certainly count for something.
7) The Pope
The Pontiff is number seven of ten registered among the influential people in the world. Pope Benedict XVI is 84 years of age and holds a position which will always make this catalog.
Being a spiritual leader to every one in six people on the globe certainly helps to hold this position. This 84 year old is a German transplant to Vatican City.
6) Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
The 87 year old Saudi Arabian king is married and remains one of the last monarchs found in the world. Leading a nation that has 20% of all the oil known to exist at this time puts your name in the directory of power. Along with oil reserves the monarch has 2 of the Muslim world’s holiest cities under his rule and is number 6 of 10. There is the possibility he moves up higher depending on politics and the economy.
5) Bill Gates
Bill is still making the roll and will possibly continue to do so for years to come. He is clearing close to $60 billion, with a B, dollars. Unfortunately single ladies, this software billionaire is married and the father of three.
Bill Gates is also a Harvard drop out along with Zuckerburg. As well as having power he also has wealth. His money makes him part of the roll of the most wealthiest folks in the world today.
4) Angela Merkel
This is the only woman found among the men in this particular directory. She is considered under the same criteria as her male counterparts for power. She clears close to $300,000 a year as the German Chancellor.
As Chancellor of Germany Mrs. Merkel has been successful at making certain Germany's monetary system is a success with comparable countries in the same category, including America. Running the most energetic economy in Europe, Mrs. Merkel also was registered with a higher degree of trust and confidence by the French people than their own president Nicholas Sarkozy.
3) Hu Jintao
Jintao is the president of China. The 68 year old ruler is holding three different offices as China’s leader. He is considered the president of this powerful nation, the Communist Party General Secretary as well as Commander in Chief for China.
He does plan to allow some of his titles to transfer to other individuals over the next several years as part of a succession plan. Running these three very influential offices located in China accounts for being identified among these ten individuals.
2) Vladimir Putin
With an income of merely $126,000 per year the Prime Minister of Russia is a married 59 year old. Falling in second behind President Obama does have its perks and set backs. No one remembers who lost the last Super Bowl, but everyone knows who won. How about the Gold Medalist versus the Silver? The same is said about the second name on the listing of power.
Dimitry Medvedev has announced he will not run for Prime Minister again which will open the door for Putin to possibly hold this office until 2024. Whether or not he will remain on the list of until then remains to be seen.
1) The Most Powerful Man in the World is Barack Obama
America has several of the top spots of power around the world. Holding the number one spot is the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. At 50 years old, this married father of 2 is found on top because he heads the most powerful nation on earth.
With our current economic state and the roller coaster ride his first term in office has been it has not diminished the power this office holds. He is certainly very popular in America, but he is found to have appeal in other countries as well. Along with being the most powerful man in the world, President Obama is also thought of as one of the most if not the most influential person on the globe as well.
These are the most powerful people in the world according to Forbes Magazine. There are not many surprises. It is good to see a woman among the top ten most powerful people in the world and the field is a great mix, despite America holding 3 of the top 10 slots at the top.
source: Forbes Magazine 2011