After Times’ Poll PM Narendra Modi Makes It To ‘Top 10 Most Powerful People’ List Released By ‘FORBES’

Saicharan Palakurthi

After the historical victory in Times‘ online poll, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it to the list of world’s most powerful people released by prestigious ‘Forbes’ magazine.

The list includes a total of 74 powerful people, meanwhile, Modi is placed at 9th place.

Russian President Vladimir Putin topped the list for a fourth straight year followed by US President-elect Donald Trump.

The Forbes detailed the position of Modi stating:

“India’s populist prime minister remains hugely popular in his country of 1.3 billion people. In November 2016 he unexpectedly announced plans to eliminate India’s two largest bank notes in a bid to reduce money laundering and corruption, creating a nationwide frenzy to quickly swap out the bills. Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as planetary warming will deeply affect millions of his country’s rural and most vulnerable citizens.”

Modi clinched 9th place overtaking many other prominent personalities like US President Barack Obama (48th spot).

The list is prepared by taking various concerns and issues, the influence of the people is considered far particularly, Forbes defines its order of selection as:

“There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most.”

Describing the most powerful person ‘Vladimir Putin’, Forbes said: “Russia’s 64-year-old president has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe; from the motherland to Syria to the US presidential elections, continuing to ‘get what he wants’.”

Indian business tycoon, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has earned the 38th position. Forbes said: “the 59-year-old oil and gas tycoon sparked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecom market with the launch of 4G phone service Jio at the annual shareholder meeting of his Reliance Industries in September”.

“The USD 44.7 billion (revenue) Reliance Industries is locked in a legal battle with the government related to the recovery of costs associated with developing a gas field,” it said, adding that his wife Nita, who sits on Reliance’s board, is a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella on the 51st spot, with Forbes saying: “the 49-year-old has steered the company away from a failing mobile strategy and focused on other lines of business, including cloud computing and augmented reality.”

The 3rd most powerful person in the world also happens to be the most powerful woman: Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and the backbone of the European Union. Earlier in 2015, she was ‘Times Person of The Year”.

The list includes popular persons like Xi on the 4th spot, Pope Francis (5), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (7), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (10), French President Francois Hollande (23), Apple CEO Tim Cook (32), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (43) and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (57).

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