Putin named the most powerful man in the world

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Earlier this month, the US business magazine Forbes, released its annual list of most powerful people in the world. “Power has been called many things. Pretty isn’t one of them.” wrote Forbes Senior Editor Caroline Howard.

This comes amid tensions due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, that started late February. This is also the second year in a row that the US President Back Obama finds himself in second place.

4 out of the top 5 most powerful people are politicians, with the exception of Pope Francis.


With only 30 years old, Facebook’s CEO manages to be at #22, while the oldest (90) of the ranking is Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

The newest additions to the ranking are e-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s CEO Jack Ma, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). These come to no surprise since according to the Wall Street Journal Alibaba’s “transactions on its online sites totaled $248 billion last year, more than those of eBay and Amazon.com combined.”, while ISIS rose into social and mainstream media last August with the publicly disclosed executions of Western journalists and aid-workers.
For the full list, make sure you visit Forbes.com

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