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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.

Rank Individual Office / Position
1 ▲ People's Republic of China Hu Jintao President of the People’s Republic of China
2 ▼ United States Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
3 ▲ Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 6th King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
4 ▼ Russia Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia
5 ▲ Vatican City / Germany Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
6 ▲ Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
7 ▲ United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
8 ▼ United States Ben Bernanke 14th Chair of the Federal Reserve
9 ▲ India Sonia Gandhi President of the Indian National Congress
10 ▬ United States Bill Gates Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founder and chairman of Microsoft
11 ▲ People's Republic of China Zhou Xiaochuan 11th Governor of the People’s Bank of China
12 ▲ Russia Dmitry Medvedev President of Russia
13 ▼ United States / Australia Rupert Murdoch Chairman of News Corporation
14 ▼ Italy Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister of Italy
15 ▲ European Union / France Jean-Claude Trichet 2nd President of the European Central Bank
16 ▲ Brazil Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil
17 ▲ United States Steve Jobs Chief executive of Apple Inc.
18 ▲ India Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India
19 ▲ France Nicolas Sarkozy President of France
20 ▼ United States Hillary Clinton 67th United States Secretary of State
21 ▼ Mexico Carlos Slim Chief executive of Telmex
22 ▼ Russia / United States Sergey Brin / United States Larry Page Founders of Google
23 ▼ United States Michael Bloomberg 108th Mayor of New York City
Founder of Bloomberg L.P.
24 ▲ Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel
25 ▼ United States Mike Duke Chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
26 ▲ Iran Ali Hoseini-Khamenei 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
27 ▲ Japan Naoto Kan Prime Minister of Japan
28 ▼ United States Timothy Geithner 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury
29 ▲ Pakistan Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan
30 ▲ People's Republic of China Lou Jiwei Chairman of the China Investment Corporation
31 ▼ North Korea Kim Jong-il Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea
32 ▼ People's Republic of China Li Changchun Propaganda Chief of the Communist Party of China
33 ▼ United States Warren Buffett Chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway
34 ▲ India Mukesh Ambani Chairman of Reliance Industries
35 ▼ United States Jeffrey R. Immelt Chairman of General Electric
36 ▼ United Kingdom / People's Republic of China / Canada Sir Li Ka-shing Chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings,
Hutchison Whampoa and Li Ka Shing Foundation
37 ▲ France Dominique Strauss-Kahn 10th Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
38 ▼ Japan Masaaki Shirakawa Governor of the Bank of Japan
39 ▬ Tibet Tenzin Gyatso 14th Dalai Lama
40 ▲ United States Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook
41 ▲ United Nations / South Korea Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations
42 ▼ United States Lloyd Blankfein Chairman of Goldman Sachs
43 ▲ France Bernard Arnault Chairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
44 ▲ India Lakshmi Mittal Chairman of ArcelorMittal
45 ▲ United States Robert Zoellick 11th President of the World Bank Group
46 ▲ People's Republic of China Robin Li Chief executive officer of Baidu
47 ▼ United States James S. Dimon Chairman of JPMorgan Chase
48 ▼ United States Laurence D. Fink Chairman of BlackRock
49 ▼ United States Rex Tillerson Chairman of ExxonMobil
50 ▲ United States William Keller Executive editor of The New York Times
51 ▲ Chile Sebastián Piñera 35th President of Chile
52 ▼ Russia Igor Sechin Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
53 ▲ Libya Abdallah Salem el-Badri Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
54 ▲ United States Charles G. Koch / David H. Koch Chief executive officer / Executive vice president of Koch Industries
55 ▲ Japan Masayoshi Son Chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile
56 ▲ United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates
57 ▼ al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden Founder of al-Qaeda
58 ▲ Brazil Eike Batista Chief executive officer of the EBX Group
59 ▼ United States William H. Gross Chief Investment Officer of the Pacific Investment Management Company
60 ▼ Mexico Joaquín Guzmán Loera Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel
61 ▼ India Ratan Tata Chairman of the Tata Group
62 ▲ People's Republic of China Wang Yong Chairman of SASAC
63 ▼ India Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar Head of D-Company
64 ▼ United States Oprah Winfrey Host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
65 ▼ Switzerland Joseph S. Blatter President of FIFA
66 ▲ United States Jeff Bezos Founder of Amazon.com
67 ▼ Belgium Jacques Rogge 8th President of the International Olympic Committee
68 ▲ Australia Julian Assange Editor 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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