The World’s Most Powerful People in 2011

Source: Forbes; By: Michael Noer

The Complete List:

Rank Name/Title Organization Age

1

Barack Obama
Barack Obama
President
United States of America 50

2

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister
Russia 59

3

Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
President
People’s Republic of China 68

4

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
Chancellor
Germany 57

5

Bill Gates
Bill Gates
Co-Chair
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 56

6

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
King
Saudi Arabia 87

7

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope
Roman Catholic Church 84

8

Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
Chairman of the Federal Reserve
United States of America 57

9

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
Founder
Facebook 27

10

David Cameron
David Cameron
Prime Minister
United Kingdom 45

11

Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi
President
Indian National Congress 64

12

Mario Draghi
Mario Draghi
President
European Central Bank 64

13

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
President
France 56

14

Wen Jiabao
Wen Jiabao
Premier
People’s Republic of China 69

15

Zhou Xiaochuan
Zhou Xiaochuan
Governor
People’s Bank of China 63

16

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
United States of America 64

17

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
Mayor
New York City 69

18

Timothy Geithner
Timothy Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury
United States of America 50

19

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister
India 79

20

Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
CEO
Berkshire Hathaway 81

21

Silvio Berlusconi & family
Silvio Berlusconi & family
Prime Minister
Italy 75

22

Dilma Rousseff
Dilma Rousseff
President
Brazil 63

23

Carlos Slim Helu & family
Carlos Slim Helu & family
Chairman
Telmex 71

24

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch
CEO
News Corp. 80

25

Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister
Israel 62

26

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
Grand Ayatollah
Iran 72

27

Michael Duke
Michael Duke
CEO
Wal-Mart 61

28

Jeffrey Immelt
Jeffrey Immelt
CEO
General Electric 55

29

Zhou Yongkang
Zhou Yongkang
Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legislative Affairs
People’s Republic of China 68

30

Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin
Co-Founder
Google 38

30

Larry Page
Larry Page
Co-Founder
Google 38

31

Ali Al-Naimi
Ali Al-Naimi
Oil Minister
Saudi Arabia 76

32

Rostam Ghasemi
Rostam Ghasemi
President
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 47

33

Lou Jiwei
Lou Jiwei
Chairman
China Investment Corporation 60

34

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Chief of Army Staff
Pakistan 59

35

Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani
Chairman
Reliance Industries 54

36

Masaaki Shirakawa
Masaaki Shirakawa
Governor
Bank of Japan 62

37

Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader
North Korea 69

38

Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General
United Nations 67

39

Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director
International Monetary Fund 55

40

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
CEO
Amazon 47

41

Jamie Dimon
Jamie Dimon
CEO
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 55

42

Robin Li
Robin Li
CEO
Baidu 42

43

Lloyd Blankfein
Lloyd Blankfein
CEO
Goldman Sachs 57

44

Li Ka-shing
Li Ka-shing
Chairman
Hutchison Whampoa Limited 83

45

Charles Koch
Charles Koch
CEO
Koch Industries 76

45

David Koch
David Koch
Executive Vice President
Koch Industries 71

46

Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson
CEO
ExxonMobil 59

47

Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal
Chairman
ArcelorMittal 61

48

Recep Erdogan
Recep Erdogan
Prime Minister
Republic of Turkey 57

49

Robert Zoellick
Robert Zoellick
President
World Bank Group 58

50

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
Former President
United States of America 65

51

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
Tibet 76

52

Larry Fink
Larry Fink
CEO
BlackRock 59

53

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
President
United Arab Emirates 63

54

Bill Gross
Bill Gross
Co-Founder
PIMCO 67

55

Joaquin Guzman Loera
Joaquin Guzman Loera
Drug Trafficker
Sinaloa Cartel 54

56

Ahmed Shuja Pasha
Ahmed Shuja Pasha
Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence
Pakistan 59

57

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar
Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar
Leader
D-Company 55

58

Tim Cook
Tim Cook
CEO
Apple 51

59

Dmitry Medvedev
Dmitry Medvedev
President
Russia 46

60

Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son
CEO
SoftBank 54

61

Azim Premji
Azim Premji
Chairman
Wipro Limited 66

62

Yoshihiko Noda
Yoshihiko Noda
Prime Minister
Japan 54

63

Joseph Blatter
Joseph Blatter
President
International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 75

64

Jill Abramson
Jill Abramson
Executive Editor
The New York Times 57

65

Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault
Chairman
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) 62

66

Sebastian Pinera
Sebastian Pinera
President
Chile 61

67

John Boehner
John Boehner
Speaker
United States House of Representatives 61

68

Jacques Rogge
Jacques Rogge
President
International Olympic Committee 69

69

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
First Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party
People’s Republic of China 58

70

Alisher Usmanov
Alisher Usmanov
Oligarch
58

Methodology: The ranking takes into account four factors.  First, we measured how many people a person has power over.  For a religious leader, like Pope Benedict XVI (#7), that would be the number of adherents, or Catholics, in the world.  For a CEO, like General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt (#28) we counted the number of employees.

Then we looked at the financial resources controlled by each candidate, whether that is revenues (for a company), GDP (for a country) or net worth (for a billionaire). Next we asked: Is a candidate influential in more than one arena, or sphere? This bumped up the ranking of people like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#17), who is a powerful politician, a self-made media billionaire and a major philanthropist.

Finally, we gave consideration to how actively the candidates wield their power.  This measure eliminated inactive heirs to great fortunes, semi-retired industrialists and former heads of state.  In all, 70 people made the final list, one for every 100 million people on the planet.

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