Putin to Modi: Here’s Forbes’ 10 most powerful people in 2015


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To compile the list of world’s most powerful people, the magazine said it considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in a 2015 list which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi was placed 14th in the 2014 Forbes list of world’s powerful people. Forbes while releasing the list on Thursday 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. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at the second spot followed by US President Barack Obama (third) and Pope Francis (fourth) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (fifth).



1. Vladimir Putin



Russia’s president continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants –and get away with it

President, Russia
Age – 63
Residence – Moscow, Russia
Citizenship – Russia
Marital Status – Divorced
Children – 2
Education – Doctor of Jurisprudence, Saint Petersburg State University



2. Angela Merkel



German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at the second spot.

Chancellor, Germany
Age – 61
Residence – Berlin, Germany
Citizenship – Germany
Marital Status – Married
Education – Master of Science, Leipzig University; Doctorate, Leipzig University



3. Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama is in the third spot.

President, United States
Age – 54
Residence – Washington, DC
Citizenship – United States
Marital Status – Married
Children – 2
Education – Bachelor of Arts / Science, Columbia University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard University



4. Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is in the fourth spot.

Bishop of Rome, Roman Catholic Church
Age – 78
Residence – Vatican City, Vatican City State
Citizenship – Vatican City State



5. Xi Jinping



Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the fifth spot

General Secretary, Communist Party, China
Age – 62
Residence – Beijing, China
Citizenship – China
Marital Status – Married
Children – 1
Education – Bachelor of Arts / Science, Tsinghua University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Tsinghua University



6. Bill Gates



Microsoft Founder Bill Gates is at the sixth place.

Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Age – 60
Source Of Wealth – Microsoft, Self Made
Self-Made Score – 8
Residence – Medina, WA
Citizenship – United States
Marital Status – Married
Children – 3
Education – Drop Out, Harvard University



7. Janet Yellen



US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen is at the seventh place.

Chair, Federal Reserve, Washington, United States
Age – 69
Residence – Washington, DC
Citizenship – United States
Marital Status – Married
Children – 1
Education – Bachelor of Arts / Science, Brown University; Doctorate, Yale University



8. David Cameron



UK Prime Minister David Cameron is at the eighth place.

Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Age – 49
Residence – London, United Kingdom
Citizenship – United Kingdom
Marital Status – Married
Children –  4
Education –  Master of Science, Oxford University



9. Narendra Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person.

Prime Minister, India
Age – 65
Residence – New Delhi, India
Citizenship – India
Marital Status – Separated
Education – Master of Arts, Gujarat University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Delhi University



10. Larry Page



Google’s Larry Page has been ranked as the world’s tenth most powerful person.

CEO, Google
Age – 42
Source Of Wealth – Google, Self Made
Self-Made Score – 8
Residence – Palo Alto, CA
Citizenship – United States
Marital Status – Married
Children – 1
Education – Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Michigan; Master of Science, Stanford University

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