Modi in Forbes list, Putin tops

North Gazette News (Agencies)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his entry for the first time among the world’s most powerful people (Forbes list 2014).

Modi is ranked 15th on the Forbes list 2014 topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The top five include, Chinese President Xi Jinping ranked third, Pope Francis at No. 4 and the world’s most powerful woman German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked fifth.

Forbes list of 72 most powerful people in the world also includes the names of India industrialist Reliance Industrialist Mukesh Ambani at 36th, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th.

In Forbes list for this year 12 newcomers have made their entry which include the names of Indian Prime Minister Modi and Egypt President Abdel el-Sisi. Alibiba founder and China’s richest man — Jack Ma also makes a first appearance on the list after his record-breaking USD 25 billion initial public offering in September, as does terror group Islamic State’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21 is missing in Forbes list of most powerful people of the world. Fed chief Janet Yellen has moved to sixth position, followed by Bill Gates and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi. UK Prime Minister David Cameron slides up to number 10. The most powerful people in business are Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both ranked nine.

Women have also made their strong presence and nine women are included in the list of world’s most powerful.