Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has retained his place at the top of the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people. Donald Trump, has moved up from 72nd to number two on the list while Barack Obama plummeted to 48th place on the list.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, remains the most powerful woman, at number 3. China’s President Xi Jinping is fourth, with Pope Francis behind him. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi ranks ninth on the Forbes list of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People.
British prime minister, Theresa May, is a new addition to the list at number 13.
The Forbes list, now in its eighth year, identifies 74 people – one for every 100 million on the planet – whose actions have the most impact across the world. Factors taken into consideration include the amount of people a person has power over, the financial resources they control, whether they have influence in more than one sphere, and how actively they wield their power to change the world.