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Russian president Vladimir Putin takes first place for the fourth consecutive year in Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the most powerful people on earth.
There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most.
To compile the list, we considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions.
For the fourth consecutive year, Forbes ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world’s most powerful person. From the motherland to Syria to the U.S. presidential elections, Russia’s leader continues to get what he wants. In second place, President-elect Donald Trump has a seeming immunity to scandal, both houses of Congress on his side, and a personal net worth in the billions. 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.
LOL. The full list shows Obama coming in at #48. What a blow to his ego.
The Philippines Rody Duterte came in at #70, which is probably too low. He boastfully kills people like no other national leader in a long time.