Forbes Releases Most Powerful People List

Forbes has released its Most Powerful People of the World list for 2012, on Wednesday, with President Obama topping the list for a second time.

The annual list selected what Forbes said were the world’s 71 most-powerful people from among the roughly 7.1 billion global populace, based on factors ranging from wealth to global influence.

According to Forbes describes President Obama as the most powerful person of the world because he was, “The decisive winner of the 2012 U.S. Presidential election on all counts: Obama took the popular vote, the electoral college and seven out of seven toss-up states. Now he gets four more years to push his agenda past weakened congressional Republicans.”

Among the top ten, including President Obama, there were 6 heads of states listed. The other 5 were, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia and British Prime Minister David Cameron and Xi Jinping of the China communist party.

The first non-head of state on the list was Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, which came in at number 4. He was followed by Pope Benedict XVI at 5 and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke at 6.

Other notable names on the 2012 list were, Warren Buffet, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, New Apple CEO Timothy Cook, And head of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera.

Bill Clinton was on the list also this year but Hilary Clinton fell off the list, as soon as she announced leaving the Obama administration. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was removed from this years list for the same reason.

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