Russian President Vladimir Putin Tops Forbes Most Powerful Person List For The Third Year Running

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Forbes has published their list of the most powerful people on the planet, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is cruising at the top.

For the third year running, the iron willed man who runs the Kremlin takes the top spot. Second is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whilst US President Barack Obama drops to third.

Obama becomes the first sitting US President to drop out of the top two of Forbes’ list.

Forbes used an intricate methodology to arrive at the final list. “To calculate the final rankings, a panel of Forbes editors ranked all of our candidates in each of these four dimensions of power, and those individual rankings were averaged into a composite score.” The site reveals.

Those four dimensions of power includes how much power the candidate holds over large groups of people, the financial resources the candidate controlled, whether the candidate held power in multiple spheres; and how much temerity the candidate had to use that power held.

New members of the list include Dell CEO Michael Dell (#59); China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin (#68); newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (#69); billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn (#70); and U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump (#72).

Pope Francis, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and India Premier Narendra Modi, all make the top ten.

Below is the top ten most powerful people in the world, according to Forbes. You can view the full list here.


  1. Vladimir Putin


  1. Angela Merkel


  1. Barack Obama


  1. Pope Francis


  1. Xi Jinping


  1. Bill Gates


  1. Janet Yellen


  1. David Cameron


  1. Narendra Modi


  1. Larry Page

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