Russia’s Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person on earth, according to Forbes.
The Russian president has edged US leader Barack Obama into second place for the second year running with Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the China’s Communist Party, in third.
“As the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would ever call him weak,” said Forbes’ senior editor Caroline Howard.
Pope Francis in fourth is the sole non-political leader in the top 10.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google, are equal ninth while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest in the top 25, is 22nd.
The oldest on the list is the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany is fifth, British Prime Minister David Cameron is 10th while François Holland, President of France is 16th.
Top 25 most powerful people -Forbes
1. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
2. Barack Obama, President of the US
3. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
4. Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church
5. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
6. Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System
7. Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
8. Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank
9. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Cofounders of Google
10. David Cameron, Prime minister of the United Kingdom
11. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia
12. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
13. Li Keqiang, Premier of China
14. Carlos Slim Helu, Honorary chairman of América Móvil
15. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
16. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
17. Francois Hollande, President of France
18. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
19. Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, Grand Ayatollah of Iran
20. Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil
21. Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric
22. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
23. Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg
24. Charles Koch and David Koch, CEO and EVP of Koch Industries
25. Timothy Cook, CEO of Apple
Full list: Forbes.com/powerwul-people
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