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Forbes World’s Most Powerful People List 2010

Starting in 2009, Forbes Magazine compiles an annual list of the world’s most powerful people. The list has one slot for every 100 million people on Earth, meaning in 2009 there were 67 people on the list and in 2010 there were 68. Slots are allocated based on the financial resources and individual controls as well as their influence on world events.

RankIndividualOffice / Position
1 ▲People's Republic of China Hu JintaoPresident of the People’s Republic of China
2 ▼United States Barack Obama44th President of the United States
3 ▲Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud6th King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
4 ▼Russia Vladimir PutinPrime Minister of Russia
5 ▲Vatican City / Germany Benedict XVI265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
6 ▲Germany Angela MerkelChancellor of Germany
7 ▲United Kingdom David CameronPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
8 ▼United States Ben Bernanke14th Chair of the Federal Reserve
9 ▲India Sonia GandhiPresident of the Indian National Congress
10 ▬United States Bill GatesCo-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founder and chairman of Microsoft
11 ▲People's Republic of China Zhou Xiaochuan11th Governor of the People’s Bank of China
12 ▲Russia Dmitry MedvedevPresident of Russia
13 ▼United States / Australia Rupert MurdochChairman of News Corporation
14 ▼Italy Silvio BerlusconiPrime Minister of Italy
15 ▲European Union / France Jean-Claude Trichet2nd President of the European Central Bank
16 ▲Brazil Dilma Rousseff36th President of Brazil
17 ▲United States Steve JobsChief executive of Apple Inc.
18 ▲India Manmohan SinghPrime Minister of India
19 ▲France Nicolas SarkozyPresident of France
20 ▼United States Hillary Clinton67th United States Secretary of State
21 ▼Mexico Carlos SlimChief executive of Telmex
22 ▼Russia / United States Sergey Brin / United States Larry PageFounders of Google
23 ▼United States Michael Bloomberg108th Mayor of New York City
Founder of Bloomberg L.P.
24 ▲Israel Benjamin NetanyahuPrime Minister of Israel
25 ▼United States Mike DukeChief executive of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
26 ▲Iran Ali Hoseini-Khamenei2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
27 ▲Japan Naoto KanPrime Minister of Japan
28 ▼United States Timothy Geithner75th United States Secretary of the Treasury
29 ▲Pakistan Ashfaq Parvez KayaniChief of Army Staff of Pakistan
30 ▲People's Republic of China Lou JiweiChairman of the China Investment Corporation
31 ▼North Korea Kim Jong-ilChairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea
32 ▼People's Republic of China Li ChangchunPropaganda Chief of the Communist Party of China
33 ▼United States Warren BuffettChief executive of Berkshire Hathaway
34 ▲India Mukesh AmbaniChairman of Reliance Industries
35 ▼United States Jeffrey R. ImmeltChairman of General Electric
36 ▼United Kingdom / People's Republic of China / Canada Sir Li Ka-shingChairman of Cheung Kong Holdings,
Hutchison Whampoa and Li Ka Shing Foundation
37 ▲France Dominique Strauss-Kahn10th Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
38 ▼Japan Masaaki ShirakawaGovernor of the Bank of Japan
39 ▬Tibet Tenzin Gyatso14th Dalai Lama
40 ▲United States Mark ZuckerbergFounder of Facebook
41 ▲United Nations / South Korea Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General of the United Nations
42 ▼United States Lloyd BlankfeinChairman of Goldman Sachs
43 ▲France Bernard ArnaultChairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
44 ▲India Lakshmi MittalChairman of ArcelorMittal
45 ▲United States Robert Zoellick11th President of the World Bank Group
46 ▲People's Republic of China Robin LiChief executive officer of Baidu
47 ▼United States James S. DimonChairman of JPMorgan Chase
48 ▼United States Laurence D. FinkChairman of BlackRock
49 ▼United States Rex TillersonChairman of ExxonMobil
50 ▲United States William KellerExecutive editor of The New York Times
51 ▲Chile Sebastián Piñera35th President of Chile
52 ▼Russia Igor SechinDeputy Prime Minister of Russia
53 ▲Libya Abdallah Salem el-BadriSecretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
54 ▲United States Charles G. Koch / David H. KochChief executive officer / Executive vice president of Koch Industries
55 ▲Japan Masayoshi SonChief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile
56 ▲United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan2nd President of the United Arab Emirates
57 ▼al-Qaeda Osama bin LadenFounder of al-Qaeda
58 ▲Brazil Eike BatistaChief executive officer of the EBX Group
59 ▼United States William H. GrossChief Investment Officer of the Pacific Investment Management Company
60 ▼Mexico Joaquín Guzmán LoeraLeader of the Sinaloa Cartel
61 ▼India Ratan TataChairman of the Tata Group
62 ▲People's Republic of China Wang YongChairman of SASAC
63 ▼India Dawood Ibrahim KaskarHead of D-Company
64 ▼United States Oprah WinfreyHost of The Oprah Winfrey Show
65 ▼Switzerland Joseph S. BlatterPresident of FIFA
66 ▲United States Jeff BezosFounder of Amazon.com
67 ▼Belgium Jacques Rogge8th President of the International Olympic Committee
68 ▲Australia Julian AssangeEditor in chief of WikiLeaks


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

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