''Forbes'' list of The World's Most Powerful People

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[2] 2016[3] 2018[4]
1 Barack Obama

President of the United States

Hu Jintao

President of China

Barack Obama

President of the United States

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

2 Hu Jintao

President of China

Barack Obama

President of the United States

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Barack Obama

President of the United States

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Donald Trump

President-elect of the United States

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

3 Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Xi Jinping

President of China

Barack Obama

President of the United States

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Donald Trump

President of the United States

4 Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister of Russia

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Francis

Pope of the Holy See

Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

5 Sergey Brin

Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Francis

Pope of the Holy See

Jeff Bezos

Chairman and CEO of Amazon

6 Carlos Slim

Chief executive of Telmex

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

King of Saudi Arabia

Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Francis

Pope of the Holy See

7 Rupert Murdoch

Chairman of News Corporation

David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope of the Holy See

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

Janet Yellen

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

8 Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

Ben Bernanke

Chair of the Federal Reserve

Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

King of Saudi Arabia

Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

9 Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

King of Saudi Arabia

Sonia Gandhi

President of the Indian National Congress

Mark Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Facebook

Xi Jinping

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Mario Draghi

President of the European Central Bank

Sergey Brin

Larry Page
Co-Founders of Google

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

10 Bill Gates

Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation
Founder of Microsoft

David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mike Duke

Chief Executive of Walmart

David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

Mark Zuckerberg

Co-Founder of Facebook

Larry Page

Co-Founder of Google

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.
  2. Ewalt, David M. (4 November 2015). "The World's Most Powerful People 2015". Forbes. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. Ewalt, David M. (14 December 2016). "The World's Most Powerful People 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. Ewalt, David M. (8 May 2018). "The World's Most Powerful People 2018". Forbes. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
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