PM Modi Is World’s 9th Most Powerful Person; Climbs 6 Spots In Forbes’ ‘Powerful People’ List for 2015
Forbes magazine has just released their ‘Powerful People List’ for 2015; and one of the most remarkable ascents has been of PM Modi, who has climbed 6 spots to become world’s 9th most powerful person.
Last year, he was ranked #15 in this list.
Describing PM Modi’s achievements, Forbes said that “governing 1.2 billion people requires more than shaking hands..”. PM Modi has successfully achieved a growth of 7.4% in India’s GDP during the first year itself, meanwhile luring investors from Silicon Valley and China at the same time.
PM Modi has already debuted at Bloomberg Markets Power List, where he was ranked as 13th most influential person.
The only Indian other than PM Modi on this power list is Reliance Industries Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani, who has maintained his #36 rank.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has maintained his #1 position to remain World’s most powerful person, meanwhile US President Barrack Obama has slipped one rank to be placed at #3. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now placed at #2, as she climbed 3 spots from last year’s ranking.
Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China & President of China, has slipped 2 positions in this list, to #5 this year, while Pope Francis maintained his #4 rank. Software billionaire Bill Gates has improved his position to become #6 most powerful person on Earth.
Following PM Modi is Google co-founder Larry Page, who is ranked #10 this year, slipped one position compared to last year.
Here are the top 10 most powerful persons of this world for 2015:
- Vladimir Putin, aged 63 year, President of Rusia
- Angela Merkel, aged 61 years, Chancellor of Germany
- Barack Obama, aged 54 years, President of USA
- Pope Francis, aged 78 years, 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
- Xi Jinping, aged 62 years, President of the People’s Republic of China
- Bill Gates, aged 60 years, Founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft
- Janet Yellen, aged 69 years, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- David Cameron, aged 49 years, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Narendra Modi, aged 65 years, Prime Minister of India
- Larry Page, aged 42 years, Co-founder of Google
Some interesting highlights from this list:
– Mark Zuckerberg, aged 31 years, is the youngest person on this power list. He has been ranked #19; which is an improvement of 3 spots compared to last year
– Kim Jong-un, Supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the second youngest person on this list, as he has been ranked #32, up from #49 last year
– Li Ka-shing, aged 87 years, is the oldest person on this power list. He is a Hong Kong based business magnate, investor, and philanthropist and often called as Asia’s richest person having net worth of $32 billion. He is ranked 31 on Forbes’ list.
– Warren Buffet, aged 85 years, is the second oldest person on this list on #13, while Rupert Murdoch, aged 84 years, is the 3rd oldest person on this list. He is ranked #35.
– There are only 9 women in this list of 73 most powerful persons. The youngest among them is Mary Barra, aged 53 years, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company. Second youngest women in this list is Ginni Rometty, aged 58 years, who is the Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company. Third youngest women in this list is Christine Lagarde, aged 59 years, who is the Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund