Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been listed the third
most powerful woman as Russian President Vladimir Putin beat President
Barack Obama to the top spot on Forbes' list of "The World's Most
Gandhi, 66, described as "de facto head of India",
is ranked 21st among the world's 72 most powerful. She takes the third
spot after German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No.5) and Brazil's Dilma
Rousseff (No. 20) among the nine women, more than ever before.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 81, takes the 28th spot with two other
Indians, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, 56, ranked 38th,
and ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal, 63, in the 51st
While Putin climbs to the top spot as he "continues to
solidify control over Russia and the international stage", Obama drops
to second spot with his "lame duck period (has) seemingly set in earlier
than usual for a two-term president".
Obama is followed by Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping (No. 3), Pope Francis (No.4) and Merkel (No. 5).
out the Top 10 are Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill
Gates (No. 6), US Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke (No. 7),
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (No. 8), European Central Bank
president Mario Draghi (No.9) and the highest ranking active
businessperson on the list - Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke (No. 10).
British Prime Minister David Cameron (No. 11) dropped out of the Top 10 to take the 11th spot.
the 13 newcomers to the list (and new to their positions) are Pope
Francis (No. 4), China Investment Corp chairman Ding Xuedong (No. 36)
and Governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda (No. 39).
percent (or 26 people) on the list are billionaires, with their combined
net worth totalling $564.1 billion - more than the GDP in Sweden,
according to The World Bank Group.
Four are from India and four
from China. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (No. 24) and North Korean
leader Kim Jong-un (No. 46) are the youngest on the list, at ages 29 and