The Most Powerful People on Earth 2010

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There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. These are the 68 who matter.
We are fascinated by power. We stand in awe of those who apply it adroitly — and in fear of those who abuse it. We lust for power. Everyone would rather be a hammer than a nail.

What Makes People PowerfulThe people on this list were chosen because, in various ways, they bend the world to their will. They are heads of state, major religious figures, entrepreneurs and outlaws. Comparing the relative power of such a diverse group is slippery business. To do it, we defined power in four dimensions. First, we asked if a person has influence over a lot of people. For heads-of-state we looked at population, for religious figures we measured the size of their flocks, for CEOs we counted their employees and for media figures we considered the size of their audience.
Second, we checked to see if they have significant financial resources relative to their peers. This meant comparing GDP for political leaders, net worth for billionaires and their ranking on the Forbes Global 2000 for CEOs. The Global 2000 lists the largest companies in the world based on a composite of market capitalization, assets, sales and profits.
Then we determined if they were powerful in multiple spheres, awarding bonus points for those who can project their power many ways. Silvio Berlusconi (No. 14), for instance, got a big boost for not only being the prime minister of Italy, but because he is also a billionaire media mogul who owns soccer team, AC Milan.
Finally we insisted that they actively wield their power. This eliminated some the richest people in the world, including Ingvar Kamprad, the billionaire founder of Ikea and the descendants of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.
[The World's Most Influential Players]
We culled an initial suspect list of over 100 names to 75 and then asked seven Forbes editors to rank them in all four categories. Those ranks were averaged to produce the final list. Obviously our rankings are not intended to be definitive; they are meant to spark a conversation, even an argument or two.
They certainly produced some surprises. The editors picked Hu Jintao, the president of the People's Republic of China as the world's most powerful man, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama (No. 2). Julian Assange (No. 68), the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, snuck onto the list in last place, while many traditional media types, including Mark Thompson, the Director-General of the BBC, fell off altogether. In a clear sign of the times, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (No. 40) ranked a full ten spots higher than Bill Keller (No. 50, the Executive Editor of the New York Times.
Power can be used for good or ill and three criminals made the list this year: al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden (No. 57), Joaquin Guzman (No. 60), the billionaire drug trafficker who heads Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar (No. 63), who runs a vast criminal enterprise in India and who is thought to have a hand in the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai which killed 174. These rankings are not meant to justify or glorify these odious men. They simply reflect reality.
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Getty Images #1 Hu Jintao
Age: 67
Title: President
Residence: Beijing
Country of citizenship: China

Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world's population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts. Recently surpassed Japan to become the world's second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world's largest economy in 25 years — although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis. Creditor nation oversees world's largest reserves at $2.65 trillion — $1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. Refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world's largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.
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White House Photo by Pete Souza #2 Barack Obama
Age: 49
Title: President
Residence: Washington, DC
Country of citizenship: United States
Obama's Democrats suffered a mighty blow in U.S. midterm elections, with the president decisively losing support of the House of Representatives, and barely holding onto the Senate. It's quite a come-down for last year's most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two. He can take comfort in the fact that he remains commander-in-chief of world's largest, deadliest military, leader of world's largest (in spending) and most dynamic economy and holds the unofficial title of "Leader of the Free World."
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AFP/Getty Images #3 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
Age: 86
Title: King
Residence: Riyadh
Country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Absolute ruler of desert kingdom that contains the world's largest crude oil reserves, two holiest sites in Islam. State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco has reserves of 266 billion barrels, or one-fifth of planet's known supply (worth $22 trillion at today's oil prices). Pushing for gradual social and legal reforms, while maintaining good relations with deeply conservative religious establishment. Ultimate succession unclear: 86-year-old king's official heir is 82-year-old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Established committee of senior princes to ensure smooth transition in the event both become incapacitated.
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l#4 Vladimir Putin
Age: 57
Title: Prime Minister
Residence: Moscow
Country of citizenship: Russia
Prime Minister still more powerful than his handpicked head-of-state, President Dmitry Medvedev. Former KGB officer will likely replace protégé in 2012. In the meantime, has final say over one-ninth of Earth's land area, vast energy and mineral resources. Declared nuclear power has veto on U.N.'s Security Council. Russian government agency reported to have already registered web address Putin-2012.rf. On running again: "The president of the United States, Roosevelt, was elected four times in a row because it did not contradict the American Constitution" (September 2010).
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AP Photo/Matt Cardy #5 Pope Benedict XVI
Age: 83
Title: Pope
Residence: Vatican City
Country of citizenship: Germany
Highest earthly authority for 1.1 billion souls, or one-sixth of world's population. Staunch traditionalist deplores secularism, consumerism and moral relativism, unbending on birth control, gay marriage and ordination of female priests. Despite major gaffes (including lifting the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying Bishop and quoting a 14th-century source that declared the only new things the prophet Mohammed brought were "evil and inhuman"), appears genuinely interested in healing old wounds. In September, not only became the first Pope to visit Westminster Abbey since the Protestant Reformation, but also shook hands with a clergywoman (another first). Widening sexual abuse scandal could undermine moral authority, but increasingly willing to tackle issue head on: "Forgiveness does not substitute for justice." Stylish: Has brought back traditional red, custom-made "pope shoes" and old-school Ecclesiastical headgear.
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Eric Fefferberg/ AFP/Getty Images #6 Angela Merkel
Age: 56
Title: Chancellor
Residence: Berlin
Country of citizenship: Germany
Marital Status: Married
Most powerful woman on the planet. Chancellor of Germany oversees Europe's largest economy. Renowned free-market champion and favorite of big business, boasts nine public companies with annual sales in excess of $70 billion. In all, there are 57 German companies on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world's largest public companies, with aggregate sales of $1.7 trillion.

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AP Photo/Akira Suemori #7 David Cameron
Age: 43
Title: Prime Minister
Residence: London
Youngest British prime minister in 198 years is product of privilege: Eton, Brasenose College, Oxford; is descended (illegitimately) from King William IV. Hailed by some as the second coming of Margaret Thatcher, Cameron shares the Iron Lady's determination to slash government expenditures (defense, higher education), but as the leader of a coalition government he can ill-afford to repeat her brash divisiveness.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images #8 Ben Bernanke
Age: 56
Title: Chairman
Residence: Washington, DC
Country of citizenship: United States
Some argue Fed's influence is at all-time high, given size of its burgeoning balance sheet ($2.3 trillion) relative to the underlying economy ($14.3 trillion). But Bernanke's options have waned since peak of the financial crisis. He now has essentially only one arrow left in his financial quiver: quantitative easing — in layman's terms, "printing money." He last employed the technique in 2008 and is widely expected to repeat the move this month. At least he's honest: "The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost."
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Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images #9 Sonia Gandhi
Age: 63
Title: President
Residence: New Delhi
Country of citizenship: India
Despite Italian birth, foreign religion (Roman Catholic) and political reluctance, Gandhi wields unequaled influence over 1.2 billion Indians. Recently elected to record fourth term as head of India's ruling Congress Party, cementing status as true heiress to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. Handpicked brainy Sikh economist Manmohan Singh (also a listee) as prime minister. Inspired choice: Singh universally praised as India's best prime minister since Nehru, ideally trained to lead the world's fourth-largest economy in terms of purchasing power into next decade. But Gandhi remains the real power behind the nuclear-tipped throne. Grooming 40-year-old son Rahul for prime minister role.
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Krista Kennell/Sipa Press/Newscom #10 Bill Gates
Age: 54
Title: Co-Chair
Source: Microsoft, self-made
Residence: Medina, WA
Country of citizenship: United States
Education: Dropout , Harvard University
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Selling charity raffle tickets is hard; coaxing tycoons to pledge half their fortunes to philanthropy is near impossible. Apparently no one told Gates. This year the Microsoft mogul, futurist and America's richest person strong-armed (with help from henchman Warren Buffett) 40 of the world's wealthiest to sign his "Giving Pledge," promising to donate the majority of their wealth to charity during their lifetimes. No longer the planet's richest person, but that's because he's given nearly $30 billion philanthropically. World's most influential charity tackles AIDS, tuberculosis, polio and funds famine-resistant crops to fight hunger. Worth $54 billion, Gates holds 70% of his wealth in investment fund Cascade, dabbling in everything from autos to hedge funds to trash collecting.
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There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. These are the 68 who matter



(These are the 68 who matter) do u mean 6.8????.. even tho i think every one matter rich o poor.:sad:
 

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Exactly my point, kama wengine hatumati, kesho wakiamka hao 68 na kujikuta wako peke yao duniani wataendesha dunia peke yao?

Kwa familia yangu ninayoisaidia directly mimi nina matter kuliko yeyote kati ya hao 68.

Nani kaandika upuuzi huo ?
 

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What is wrong with my statement?
Read post # 5.

I am not sure if it is a matter of English literacy and/or numeracy or a more troubling conceptual flaw. When you say "There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. These are the 68 who matter." essentially you are saying the rest of the world does not matter.

Try to run the world using only the 68 who matter, and let's see what will happen on that day.
 

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Read post # 5.

I am not sure if it is a matter of English literacy and/or numeracy or a more troubling conceptual flaw. When you say "There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. These are the 68 who matter." essentially you are saying the rest of the world does not matter.

Try to run the world using only the 68 who matter, and let's see what will happen on that day.
Hujuwi Mkuu kuwa katika Dunia hii kuna Watu Mungu kawapa kipaji uwezo Utajiri na nguvu ya kusema kuliko wote duniani?
 

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Hujuwi Mkuu kuwa katika Dunia hii kuna Watu Mungu kawapa kipaji uwezo Utajiri na nguvu ya kusema kuliko wote duniani?
Obviously hujaelewa somo, na ukishasema kuna "watu" mungu kawapa kipaji uwezo utajiri na nguvu ya kusema kuliko wote duniani, unajicontradict, kwa sababu hao wote duniani watawajumuisha na hao hao watu au watakuwa wengine tu? kama watawajumuisha na hao hao watu sentensi yako haiko intelligible, kama watakuwa wengine tu then huwezi kusema "kuliko wote duniani.

Sentensi yako ya kwanza kabisa ""There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. These are the 68 who matter." ina maanish kuna watu 68 tu wenye maana duniani, ndivyo hivyo ulivyokusudia au lugha ya malkia inagomba umeshindwa kujieleza vizuri tu? Bado una nafasi ya kurekebisha mambo katika lugha ya taifa.
 

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Hujuwi Mkuu kuwa katika Dunia hii kuna Watu Mungu kawapa kipaji uwezo Utajiri na nguvu ya kusema kuliko wote duniani?
Sure hata kama kawapa ni kwa nani?kama wengine hawapo hapa duniani....watasema wapi?Watasema kwa kwenzao hao 68?Very wrong.
 

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There is something very wrong with this statement.
MziziMkavu copied the entire thing from somewhere and pasted it here. So the real originator of the article is the one responsible for the (may be unintentionally) demeaning statement.
 

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