Written by Staff Writer
06 Nov, 2015 | 1:15 pm
For the third year in a row, Forbes has ranked Russian President Vladmir Putin as the most powerful person in the world, above German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama.
International sanctions set in place after he seized Crimea and waged war-by-proxy in Ukraine have kneecapped the Ruble and driven Russia into deepening recession, but they haven’t hurt Putin one bit: In June his approval ratings reached an all-time high of 89%.
The second most powerful person in the world also happens to be the most powerful woman, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, jumps up from fifth spot last year to take the runner-up spot on the list. Merkel is the backbone of the 28-member European Union, and her decisive actions dealing with the Syrian refugee problem and the Greek credit crisis helped bump her up the list.
U.S. President Barack Obama fell one spot on this year’s list to 3. There’s no doubt that the United States remains the world’s greatest economic, cultural, diplomatic, technological and military power. But as Obama enters the final year of his presidency, it’s clear his influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done. At home, his approval ratings are perpetually stuck under 50%; abroad, he’s outshined by Merkel in Europe, and outmaneuvered by Putin in the Middle East.
Meanwhile Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine, where he was placed 14th in 2014.
The top 10 most powerful person in the world are as follows :
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