Forbes has published its annual list of most powerful people in the world and surprisingly, the number one position, traditionally held by the POTUS, is now held by the Russian President Vladmir Putin who has pushed Barack Obama to second place.
Forbes employs four criteria to determine how influential an individual is, they are: How many people they have power over; The financial resources they control; If they have influence in more than one sphere; How actively they wield their power to change the world.
It’s not exactly clear how Putin managed to push Obama down the list but according to the new list, he has.
Other persons on the list are:
Xi Jinping (Chinese President) at Number 3
Pope Francis at Number 4
Angela Merkel (German Chancellor) at Number 5
Bill Gates at Number 6
Benjamin Bernake (Chairman of US Federal Reserve) Number 7
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Number 8)
Mario Draghi (European Central Bank President) Number 9
Michael Duke (CEO of Wal-Mart) Number 10
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has dropped from the top ten list. He was considered as the tenth most powerful individual last year.