Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the 10 most powerful people in the world for 2018, says a Forbes list that names Chinese President Xi Jinping as the most influential person on the planet.
Prime Minister Modi has been ranked 9 on the Forbes 2018 list of 75 of the World’s Most Powerful People.
This year’s list sees Xi pushing Russian President Vladimir Putin one position down to number 2. Putin had held the top position for an unprecedented four successive years till 2017.
Modi Hugely Popular
About Narendra Modi, Forbes said late on Tuesday, “India’s populist prime minister remains hugely popular in the second most populous country on earth, with a population of 1.3 billion people”. It recalls November 2016, when “he unexpectedly announced plans to eliminate India’s two largest banknotes in a bid to reduce money laundering and corruption”.
Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as warming affects millions of his country’s rural citizens, Forbes pointed out.
The 67-year-old Indian Prime Minister is ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (13), British Prime Minister Theresa May (14), and Apple CEO Tim Cook (24). The only other Indian who has made it to the list is Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, who is at number 32. Indian-born Satya Nadella, who is the Microsoft CEO, is ranked 40.
There are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 men and women make the world turn
Xi Jinping, who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, “seizes the top spot for the first time ever after China’s congress amended its constitution in March, broadening his influence and eliminating term limits. He enjoys a cult of personality not seen since Chairman Mao,” said Forbes.
One year into his term, US President Donald Trump has fallen to the third spot in the list of most powerful people in the world. “Trump has seen limited success pushing his agenda through a Congress controlled by his own party, is under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, and can’t shake off scandals arising from his personal and business life –but he’s still Commander in Chief of the world’s greatest economic and military power,” said Forbes.
Most Powerful Woman
The most powerful woman in the world is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been placed number 4 on the Forbes list. “The de facto leader of Europe, Merkel won a hard-fought election in 2017 and created a ‘grand coalition’ with political partners. She’ll have to hold tight to the EU rudder as it faces oncoming storms from Brexit and growing anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe,” said Forbes.
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is at number 5, followed by Pope Francis (6), Bill Gates (7), and Larry Page (10). There are 17 new names on the list of most powerful people in the world this year, including Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud, who is at the number 8 spot.
Here is the complete list of the Forbes 2018 World’s Most Powerful People.
As Forbes said, “there are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 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”.
Forbes said that it had considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions –power over lots of people; the financial resources controlled by each person; if the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres, and that the candidates actively used their power.