PM Narendra Modi world's 9th most powerful person in Forbes list

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person in the Forbes annual ranking of 73 persons list of 2015 which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.This year Modi is up six places from last year when he was at number 15 in the 2014 Forbes list of world's powerful people.
  • For the consecutive 3rd year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the world’s most powerful person in the list while US president Barack Obama has slipped one place to number three. At number two this year is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, She continues her reign as the most powerful woman on the planet for consecutive 10 years.
  • Last year's number three on the Forbes list, China's Xi Jinping, is ranked fifth this year, after Pope Francis at number four. The pope retains his position from 2014.
  • Apart from Modi who is at the ninth position, others in the top ten are Microsoft Founder Bill Gates at the sixth place, US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen (7), UK Prime Minister David Cameron (8) and Google's Larry Page(10). Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, is the 19th most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes.

New members of the list include :-  Dell CEO Michael Dell (number 59); China's richest man, Wang Jianlin (number 68); newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (number 69); billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn (number 70); and US Presidential candidate Donald Trump (number 72).

Other Indians:- Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani was placed at 36th position. Among Indian-origin people, steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal ranked 55th, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is ranked 61st.

What Forbes said about Modi ?

  • Forbes while releasing the list today at the same time said governing 1.2 billion people in India requires more than “shaking hands” and that Modi must pass his party BJP’s reform agenda and keep “fractious opposition” under control. 
  • About Modi, the magazine said that India’s “populist” Prime Minister presided over 7.4 per cent GDP growth in his first year in office, and “raised his profile” as a global leader during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. 

To compile this list it considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. They are whether the candidate has power over lots of people, financial resources controlled by each person, whether the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres and whether the candidates actively used their power 

10 most powerful people in the world

Rank Name Designation
1. Vladimir Putin President of Russia
2. Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
3. Barack Obama  President of the United States
4. Francis Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
5. Xi Jinping  General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
6. Bill Gates  Founder of Microsoft
7. Janet Yellen  Chairman of the Federal Reserve
8. David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
9. Narendra Modi   Prime Minister of India
10. Larry Page   Co-founder of Google

Forbes list of World’s Most Powerful People

Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People started in 2009. The list has one slot for every 100 million people on Earth, meaning in 2009 there were 67 people on the list, in 2010 there were 68, in 2011 there were 70, and in 2012 there were 71. Slots are allocated based on the amount of human and financial resources that they have sway over, as well as their influence on world events


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