Putin tops Forbes’ “Most Powerful People” list, Pope Francis at no. 4

  • Putin is ranked the most powerful person in the world for three straight years
  • Obama dropped to the third spot, the first time a sitting US president didn’t make it to the top 2
  • Angela Merkel rose to second spot, becoming the most powerful woman on the planet for ten years running

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s “Most Powerful” person for three straight years, while United States President Barack Obama dropped to number three; the first time a sitting American president  didn’t make it to the top two spots.

Obama was toppled this year by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who rose to number 2. At the fourth spot is Pope Francis, followed by Chinese President at number 5.

In ranking Putin as on top of the world’s most powerful people this year, Forbes said the 63-year-old Russian leader “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.”

Merkel, on the other hand, is the reigning most powerful woman in the planet for the last ten years, and perhaps the only woman threatening Putin on top next year.

“She fought off a national recession during the global economic crisis with stimulus packages and government subsidies for companies that cut hours for workers, and she is in the thick of trying to help Greece revive its economy,” Forbes said of Merkel.

Meanwhile, Obama’s drop in ranking was because “he’s outshined by Angela Merkel in Europe, and outmaneuvered by Putin in the Middle East.” (Click here to read more)

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