Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People

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Since 2009, Forbes business magazine had compiled an annual list of the world's most powerful people. The list has one slot for every 100 million people, meaning in 2009 there were 67 people on the list and by 2018 there were 75. 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.[1]

Historical Top Ten rankings

Note: No list was released for 2017.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018
China General Secretary of the Communist Party of China 022. Hu 01Increase 1. Hu 03Decrease 3. Hu 09Increase 9. Xi 03Increase 3. Xi 05Decrease 5. Xi 04Increase 4. Xi 01Increase 1. Xi
Russia Prime Minister/President of Russia 033. Putin 04Decrease 4. Putin 02Increase 2. Putin 03Decrease 3. Putin 01Increase 1. Putin 02Decrease 2. Putin
United States President of the United States 011. Obama 02Decrease 2. Obama 01Increase 1. Obama 02Decrease 2. Obama 03Decrease 3. Obama 02Increase 2. Trump 03Decrease 3. Trump
Germany Chancellor of Germany 1515. Merkel 06Increase 6. Merkel 04Increase 4. Merkel 02Increase 2. Merkel 05Decrease 5. Merkel 02Increase 2. Merkel 03Decrease 3. Merkel 04Decrease 4. Merkel
United States Chair & CEO of Amazon 99 66Increase 66. Bezos 40Increase 40. Bezos 27Increase 27. Bezos 15Increase 15. Bezos 16Decrease 16. Bezos 17Decrease 17. Bezos 14Increase 14. Bezos 05Increase 5. Bezos$
Vatican City Pope of the Holy See 1111. Benedict 05Increase 5. Benedict 07Decrease 7. Benedict 05Increase 5. Benedict 04Increase 4. Francis 05Decrease 5. Francis 06Decrease 6. Francis
United States Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation/Founder of Microsoft 1010. Gates$ 05Increase 5. Gates 04Increase 4. Gates 06Decrease 6. Gates 07Decrease 7. Gates$ 06Increase 6. Gates$ 07Decrease 7. Gates$
Saudi Arabia King/Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia 099. Abdullah 03Increase 3. Abdullah 06Decrease 6. Abdullah 07Decrease 7. Abdullah 08Decrease 8. Abdullah 11Decrease 11. Abdullah 14Increase 14. Salman 16Decrease 16. Salman 08Increase 8. Mohammad
India Prime Minister of India 3636. Singh 18Increase 18. Singh 19Decrease 19. Singh 28Decrease 28. Singh 15Increase 15. Modi 09Increase 9. Modi
United States President/CEO of Alphabet Inc. 055. Brin & Page 22Decrease 22. Brin & Page 30Decrease 30. Brin & Page 20Increase 20. Brin & Page 17Increase 17. Brin & Page 09Increase 9. Brin & Page 10Decrease 10. Page 08Increase 8. Page 10Decrease 10. Page
30Decrease 30. Brin 35Decrease 35. Brin
United States Chair of the Federal Reserve 044. Bernanke 08Decrease 8. Bernanke 06Increase 6. Bernanke 07Decrease 7. Bernanke 06Increase 6. Yellen 07Decrease 7. Yellen 06Increase 6. Yellen 11Increase 11. Powell
United Kingdom Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 2929. Brown 07Increase 7. Cameron 10Decrease 10. Cameron 11Decrease 11. Cameron 10Increase 10. Cameron 08Increase 8. Cameron 13Increase 13. May 14Decrease 14. May
European Union President of the European Central Bank 2525. Trichet 15Increase 15. Trichet 12Increase 12. Draghi 08Increase 8. Draghi 09Decrease 9. Draghi 08Increase 8. Draghi 11Decrease 11. Draghi 18Decrease 18. Draghi
Mexico Chair of Grupo Carso 066. Slim 21Decrease 21. Slim$ 23Decrease 23. Slim$ 11Increase 11. Slim$ 12Decrease 12. Slim$ 14Decrease 14. Slim 15Decrease 15. Slim 17Decrease 17. Slim 20Decrease 20. Slim
United States Chair of News Corp 077. Murdoch 13Decrease 13. Murdoch 24Decrease 24. Murdoch 26Decrease 26. Murdoch 33Decrease 33. Murdoch 32Increase 32. Murdoch 35Decrease 35. Murdoch 39Decrease 39. Murdoch
United States CEO of Walmart 088. Duke 25Decrease 25. Duke 27Decrease 27. Duke 17Increase 17. Duke 10Increase 10. Duke 30Increase 30. McMillon 32Decrease 32. McMillon 27Increase 27. McMillon 23Decrease 23. McMillon
United States Chair & CEO of Facebook 99 40Increase 40. Zuckerberg 09Increase 9. Zuckerberg 25Decrease 25. Zuckerberg 24Increase 24. Zuckerberg 22Increase 22. Zuckerberg 19Increase 19. Zuckerberg 10Increase 10. Zuckerberg 13Decrease 13. Zuckerberg
India President of the Indian National Congres 99 09Increase 9. Gandhi 11Decrease 11. Gandhi 12Decrease 12. Gandhi 21Decrease 21. Gandhi 99 99 99 99
$Wealthiest person in the world at the time.

Listed seven or more times

Listed every time

Listed eight times

Listed seven times

See also

References

  1. ^ Michael Noer and Nicole Perlroth (11 November 2009). "The World's Most Powerful People". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-11-16.

External links

  • The World's Most Powerful People, Forbes.
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