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Vladimir Putin most powerful man in the world - Forbes

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By Everton Gayle
Vladimir Putin most powerful man in the world - Forbes

<p>Russia’s Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person on earth, according to Forbes. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>“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.</p> <p>Pope Francis in fourth is the sole non-political leader in the top 10. <br /> 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. <br /> The oldest on the list is the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.</p> <p>Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany is fifth, British Prime Minister David Cameron is 10th while François Holland, President of France is 16th.</p> <p><h3>Top 25 most powerful people -Forbes</h3></p> <p>1. <strong>Vladimir Putin</strong>, President of Russia<br /> 2. <strong>Barack Obama</strong>, President of the US<br /> 3. <strong>Xi Jinping</strong>, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China<br /> 4. <strong>Pope Francis</strong>, Head of the Roman Catholic Church <br /> 5. <strong>Angela Merkel</strong>, Chancellor of Germany<br /> 6. <strong>Janet Yellen</strong>, Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System<br /> 7. <strong>Bill Gates</strong>, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation<br /> 8. <strong>Mario Draghi</strong>, President of the European Central Bank<br /> 9. <strong>Sergey Brin</strong> and <strong>Larry Page</strong>, Cofounders of Google<br /> 10. <strong>David Cameron</strong>, Prime minister of the United Kingdom<br /> 11. <strong>Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud</strong>, King of Saudi Arabia<br /> 12. <strong>Warren Buffett</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Berkshire Hathaway<br /> 13. <strong>Li Keqiang</strong>, Premier of China<br /> 14. <strong>Carlos Slim Helu</strong>, Honorary chairman of América Móvil<br /> 15. <strong>Narendra Modi</strong>, Prime Minister of India<br /> 16. <strong>Jeff Bezos</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Amazon<br /> 17. <strong>Francois Hollande</strong>, President of France<br /> 18. <strong>Jamie Dimon</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of <span class="caps">JPM</span>organ Chase <br /> 19. <strong>Ali Hoseini-Khamenei</strong>, Grand Ayatollah of Iran<br /> 20. <strong>Rex Tillerson</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Exxon Mobil<br /> 21. <strong>Jeffrey Immelt</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of General Electric<br /> 22. <strong>Mark Zuckerberg</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Facebook <br /> 23. <strong>Michael Bloomberg</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Bloomberg<br /> 24. <strong>Charles Koch</strong> and <strong>David Koch</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> and <span class="caps">EVP</span> of Koch Industries<br /> 25. <strong>Timothy Cook</strong>, <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Apple</p> <p>Full list: <a href=" http://www.forbes.com/powerful-people/" rel="external">Forbes.com/powerwul-people</a></p>