Barack Obama regains top spot ob Forbes list of the world's most powerful people

Published 8 years ago by: Paddy Hayes
at 06:14 PM, 3/11/2011 (8 years ago)

(3516 | Gistmaniac) (m)

 Obama edges out Hu, Putin in Forbes list
The Pope, Mark Zuckerberg also make top 10
Westpac jobs threat despite record profit
US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine's list of the world's most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year's winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third.

Mr Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to be dethroned by Mr Hu in 2010, has had a difficult year at home as the American economy struggles to emerge from a crippling recession, but he did enjoy a number of foreign policy successes.

"Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his re-election, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year," Forbes said.

"Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the US remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military.

"Plus, Obama's only legitimate rival for the title, last year's number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office."

Forbes lists Mr Obama's 2011 highlight as a Navy SEAL raid the president ordered inside Pakistan that killed the world's most wanted man, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"In second place is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is poised to regain the Russian presidency this year from his loyal underling President Dmitry Medvedev," Forbes said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was ranked fourth, followed by Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, Pope Benedict XVI, US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron nailed down the number 10 spot, followed by Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the European Central Bank's Italian president, Mario Draghi, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

Among those dropping off the top 70 list were WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned to fight sexual assault charges.

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey also fell off the rankings after her retirement, and the deaths of Steve Jobs and bin Laden took them off the list.

The Dalai Lama dropped 12 spots this year to 51st place after announcing that he plans to give up his position atop Tibet's government in exile, Forbes said.

Two criminals made the list: Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera of the Sinaloa cartel was 55th and Mumbai organised crime figure Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar was 57th.


Problem with this article? Please contact us

babyleslie at 11:56 PM, 3/11/2011 (8 years ago)
(1406 | Gistmaniac) (f)

chicco77 at 04:00 PM, 22/08/2012 (7 years ago)
(22128 | Addicted Hero) (f)

Solidstonez at 05:29 PM, 29/08/2012 (7 years ago)
(37017 | Addicted Hero) (f)


Solidstonez at 05:30 PM, 29/08/2012 (7 years ago)
(37017 | Addicted Hero) (f)

 Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

lanudja at 05:37 PM, 29/08/2012 (7 years ago)
(8824 | Hero) (f)

kelechi86 at 04:35 PM, 27/05/2015 (4 years ago)
(1499 | Gistmaniac) (f)

PoliticxGuru at 06:55 PM, 25/08/2015 (4 years ago)
(14192 | Hero) (m)



  1. OmoNobaUku on: We Will Not React To America Travel Ban On Nigeria Until It Is Implemented - Presidency
    What's the big deal in anyone going to America which is one of the most racist countries in the... 4 mins ago
  2. OmoNobaUku on: My Mansion Was Built Before I Became A Senator - Dino Melaye Attacks Nation Newspaper
    When was it built? And what was the source of the money you used to build it; given that you've... 7 mins ago
  3. Baye77 on: PHOTOS:This Is What Happened To Some Secondary School Students Who Called Themselves Marlians
    I don't get it, so you did u wake up one day and decided to call yourself a Marlian???... 11 mins ago
  4. Baye77 on: Its Terrible When Top Actors Come On Social To Beg For Money - Actress Temitope Osoba
    ::)... 15 mins ago
  5. Baye77 on: My Mansion Was Built Before I Became A Senator - Dino Melaye Attacks Nation Newspaper
    Abeg make we hear word...your constituency is like the poorest in the state, yet u live in affluence... 39 mins ago