Here we are not talking about powerful people in terms of their physique. These are the people who are not super human; they are just normal human beings with great powers. These are the people who actually rule the world. All the important decisions in this world are taken by these powerful people. The lineup of such powerful people includes politicians, head of the state, Billionaires, Philanthropists and Financiers, etc.
People like Vladimir Putin have been ruling Russia for over a decade now and he grows strong by every year. The whole country is in awe of this man and there is no scope of over-throwing Putin from the power. In the same way, Barack Obama is another very important and powerful person in the world. He is the president of United States of America and has been leading the country for the consecutive term. The whole set up around Syria is said to be the mastermind of Obama and he gets huge support from its allies.
Here is the list of 10 Most Powerful people of 2013:
1. Vladimir Putin:
Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly the most powerful person in the world. He has been ruling Russia for more than a decade now and there are slightest chances that he would be overthrown from the position as the state head. Russia is making a great progress in the world economy and it is regarded as huge potential market. Putin’s rule in Russia could be compared to that of a dictator. However, he tries very hard to refine his image among the people of Russia. Putin is expected to serve the throne until 2024.
When the conflict over Syria started, Putin was the only one opposing a war on Syria and this was the major reason why US decided not to attack them. From this instance, the powers of Putin in the world politics are quite clear.
2. Barack Obama:
In the usual case, Barack Obama would have been standing at the first position in our list, due to the recent government shutdown for 16 days has lowered his reputation in the world politics. The Syria issue also took a toll on the position of apparently the most powerful man of the world.
However, even after all these troubles and speculations, Barack Obama keeps to the number 2 spot without any doubts. He is the chief of most innovative economy and the strongest military.
3. Xi Jinping:
China is the leading economy in the market currently. In terms of trading, this country is growing manifolds. The leader of China is 60 year old man, Xi Jinping. He has been dictating China for quite some time now and he exercises control on nearly 1.3 billion people. China is a developed country with assets worth 3.5 trillion USD. India and China are considered to be the brightest potential markets in the world and there would be no surprises if China takes on USA’s GDP in the coming years.
The number of billionaires in China has touched the mark of 122 now. It is highest for any Asian country. Xi Jinping is the president of People’s republic of China and also exercises control over the military of the country.
4. Pope Francis:
Pope Francis has a deep influence on the followers of Christianity all over the world. It is the credibility of his works that the total number of Christianity followers all around the world has reached to a whopping number of 1.2 billion. He teaches his followers on some delicate and important subjects of the society like Woman safety, gay marriage, etc.
He used Twitter to send his messages across the globe to his followers of Christianity. Pope Francis was born in Argentina and he is a great Football fan.
5. Angela Merkel:
She has been termed as one of the world’s most powerful woman. She controls the operations of the European Union which comprises of 27 member countries. She has lifted the weight of Euro on her shoulders and the destiny of Eurozone is totally dependent on her policies.
However, Merkel’s policies have previously been protested by French President Francois Hollande, but after being re-elected, Merkel retains the seat of being the most important officer in European Union. She has consistently retained the top position on Forbes list of most powerful women in the world for last 8 out of total 10 years.
6. Bill Gates:
Bill Gates is the all time richest person of the world. He has topped the Forbes List of Richest people in the world for many years and even though he has contributed most of his money to the charitable Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, he still remains to be one of the richest person in the US.
Bill Gates is the chairman of Microsoft, that made Office and other important computer apps. They were also the inventors of Windows. The policies of Bill Gates are taken with serious attention as they largely determine the digital world’s play in global arena.
7. Ben Bernanke:
Ben Bernanke has served to be chairman of Fed for many years. He is about to retire and pass on his ranks to Janet Yellen on 31 January 2014. Ben served as the chairman of fed when the country was going through a great depression. To sustain in such difficult times is always a challenge and he took this challenge and completed it with ease.
His policies were the determinant ones to take US out of the global depression breakdown. He is considered to be one of the most powerful people in the US, considering his role during the global breakdown.
8. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud:
If there is one man, who is the most popular person in Saudi Arabia, its Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. He is the key member of two of the Islam’s biggest mosques and also to the oil deposit of 265 billion barrels.
The GDP of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is 727 billion USD, which makes it one of the top 20 richest economies of the world.
9. Mario Draghi:
Mario Draghi is the key person in the EuroZone. He has the responsibility to maintain monetary unity and integrity among the 17 countries. He is the main person who is the facilitator of maintaining the equality among all the countries.
He is the one every one banks upon in the Euro Zone. He is usually called Super Mario for his heroics in the Euro Zone.
10. Michael Duke:
The Owner of Wal-Mart, Michael Duke has employed 2.2 million people under his empire. The fortunes and future of all these people depend on the decisions and the policies framed by Michael Duke. He calls for the social equality and elevating the rights of the workers.
People working for him are more than happy souls since they see a true leader in Michael Duke, one of the most powerful person in the world.
Source : http://www.forbes.com