Obama Plummets As Putin, Trump Make list Of 2016 World Most Powerful People

By Ikenga Chronicles December 15, 2016

Obama Plummets As Putin, Trump Make list Of 2016 World Most Powerful People

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S President-elect, Donald Trump have made the list of world’s most powerful people according to Forbes.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Putin has been ranked as the world’s most powerful person.

And the third most powerful person in the world also happens to be the most powerful woman: Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and the backbone of the European Union.

Barack Obama, who placed second in 2015, fell to 48th place this year as he waits out the final weeks of his presidency.

Fourth place went to China’s President Xi Jinping, while the fifth spot on the list went to Pope Francis.

Forbes said it assesses the influence of “hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe” as it compiles its annual list, which this year has on it 74 persons.

There are 11 new names on the list this year, including Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (#13); Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber (#64); Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company (#67); Mike Pence, Vice President-Elect of the United States (#69); Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines (#70); and Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands (#72).

Two former members also return to the list this year: Antonio Guterres, incoming Secretary General of the United Nations (#36, last appearance in 2009); and Recep Erdogan, President of Turkey (#56, last appearance in 2011).

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