Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged as the world’s most powerful person for the third year running in Forbes magazine’s annual list of The world’s most powerful people.
Putin continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants –and get away with it.Please help us out :
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ranked number 21. But, to world leaders, Netanyahu was ranked 11th most powerful head of state. He is the only Israeli on the list, but not the only Jewish personality among the world’s power people.
Between Putin and Netanyahu there are: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who ranked second. US President Barack Obama was in third place for these reasons:
His influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done. At home, his approval ratings are perpetually stuck under 50%; abroad, he’s outshined by Merkel in Europe, and outmaneuvered by Putin in the Middle East.
Pope Francis in fourth as a spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics. World’s richest man, Bill Gates ranked six. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at number 7. Yellen is also only one of nine woman who are on the list of 73 of the most powerful people.
Netanyahu fell behind Google CEO Larry Page (#10), Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, (#19), Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei (#20).
Absent from the list altogether were Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.