Occupying the spot for 3 consecutive years, Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has once again been named Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Person Of The Year.
Following on the second spot is America’s President-elect, Donald Trump, who was just named Times Person of the year last week.
It is worthy to mention that according to Forbes, their version of the world’s most powerful persons is not definite.
David Ewalt, Forbes’ Contributing Editor, said:
“Any ranking of the world’s most powerful people is going to be subjective, so we don’t pretend ours is definitive. It’s meant to be the beginning of a conversation, not the final word.”
In any case, the ranking takes into consideration the influence and power wielded by a person; financial resources controlled, wide range of influence and how actively they wield their power to change the world.
Putin once again, is the man for 2016. He seems to be at the centre of all trending developments within the year. From the devastating condition of Aleppo, Syria, to the intense US Presidential elections, Vladimir Putin has been right in the middle of it. The Russian president seems to be untouchable.
For upsetting the Democratic titan, Hillary Clinton, in what could be termed the most unpredictable elections in US history, Trump made it as the 2nd most powerful person in the world at the moment. By January 2017 he would have become the first billionaire president of the United States.
Forbes notes that his leap from the 72nd position last year to No 2 spot was the biggest ever in the 8 years of compiling the world’s most powerful list. Interestingly the vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, is at number 69 on Forbes list.
Just as Trump denies working with Putin to win the elections, Putin has also denied any affiliation to the hacking of documents belonging to the democrats in order to give Trump a broader winning margin.
However, Trump’s latest pick of Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO who is currently the 24th world’s most powerful person as the secretary of state, insinuates more link between the president-elect and Putin.
Rex Tillerson is a business mogul who has links to Russia and has particularly “represented significant gains for Moscow.”
With the above, the shadow of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the most powerful man on earth, looms over the United States, the most powerful nation on earth.
Still on the list, President Obama who was ranked at No. 2 last year is now at the 48th position.
Third place on the current list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is running for a 4th term in office. From 16th to 10th place Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest on the list.
The British prime minister, Theresa May, is a new addition to the list at number 13, replacing her predecessor David Cameron, who was ranked at number 8 last year.
David Ewalt also added:
“Forbes’ list this year of the world’s most powerful people reflects rapid and profound change happening around the globe.”