The most powerful people of the planet 2011

Forbes, an American business magazine, published a list of the most powerful people in the world in 2011. In the magazine’s list this year included 70 people — politicians and public figures, businessmen and celebrities, capable, according to the rating, to personally influence the course of human history. Among them are politicians, executives, business owners, religious leaders, military as well as representatives of the criminal world.

Forming the annual ranking of powerful people, Forbes takes into account the four main indicators of power. Firstly, the number of people under the leadership of a person, in the case of a country’s leader is the population of the state, if the head of the company — number of employees. Secondly, financial resources, which might be managed by the person involved in the rating. Thirdly, the leadership in certain field of activities. Fourthly, to get into the rating a person must be actively using their powers in the previous year.

According to Forbes, the most powerful man in the world in 2011 is the U.S. President Mr Barack Obama. Despite the current political weakness, the impact of Mr Obama in 2011 increased again after many achievements in foreign policy. In second place in the ranking — the Prime Minister of Russian Federation Mr Vladimir Putin, who recently announced his intention to return to the presidency in 2012. The authors of this rating have placed the President of China Mr Hu Jintao in third position.

In the top ten rating also includes the following persons: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Pope Benedict XVI, head of the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron.

By Irina Lelina for Areti Charidemou & Associates LLC