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This list of Forbes considers hundreds of candidates around the world and the parameters in which their power is calculated are-
— power over lots of people,
— financial resources controlled by each person,
— power in multiple spheres, and
— active use of power.
Here is the List of the Top 10 Powerful People in the World:
1. Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician who is the current President of the Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.
2. Donald Trump
Donald John Trump is an American politician, businessman, television personality, and President-elect of the United States. He is expected to be formally elected by the Electoral College on December 19, 2016, and to take office as the 45th President on January 20, 2017.
3. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merket is a German politician and the current Chancellor of Germany. She is also the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
4. Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician who is the current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As Xi holds the top offices of the party and the military, in addition to being the head of state through the office of the president, Xi is sometimes referred to as China’s “Paramount Leader” and since the formal endorsement during the sixth plenum, is officially called a “core” leader. As the general secretary (de facto leader), Xi is also an ex-officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top decision-making body.
5. Pope Francis
Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since Syrian Gregory III, who died in 741.
6. Janet Yellen
Janet Louise Yellen is an American economist. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, previously serving as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton; and business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
7. Bill Gates
William Henry “Bill” Gates III is a technology entrepreneur, American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and fellow visionary Paul Allen co-founded the Microsoft Corporation, which became the world’s largest PC software company. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Gates has authored and co-authored several books.
8. Larry Page
Lawrence “Larry” Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and an Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google Inc. with Sergey Brin in 1998.
9. Narendra Modi
Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician who is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since 26 May 2014. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014, and is the Member of Parliament from Varanasi.
10. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be US $50 billion as of December 2016, making him the 5th richest person in the world.