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Putin second to 'Nobody' on world's most powerful list - thinktank

Published time: January 04, 2013 07:16
Edited time: January 05, 2013 14:45

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti / Sergey Guneev)

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International political thinktank Eurasia Group has ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin second on its list of the world's most powerful people. The first position is held by 'Nobody,' reflecting the perception of a world without a clear leader.

­The list, published by Foreign Policy magazine, ranks individuals’ ability to singlehandedly “bring about change that significantly affects the lives and fortunes of large numbers of people.”

Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer explained that he left the fist position empty because the modern world has no clear leader, and those in power are focused on domestic or regional issues rather than global challenges.

1. Nobody
2. Vladimir Putin
3. Ben Bernanke
4. Angela Merkel
5. Barack Obama
6. Mario Draghi
7. Xi Jinping
8 (tie). Ayatollah Khamenei
8 (tie). Christine Lagarde
10. King Abdullah Bin Abd al-Aziz

Putin’s second-place rank is due to “Russia's personalized system,” and the influence the country wields in regional affairs.

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke holds the third position because of the number of levers he can pull to influence the US economy, and by extension the global economy.

Other individuals mentioned are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for policies that are “the glue that binds Europe,” US President Barack Obama, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and China’s new leader Xi Jinping.

Tied for 8th place are Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

The ailing ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Bin Abd al-Aziz, rounded the list for his ability to determine the succession of leadership in the hydrocarbon powerhouse.

Comments (2)


Aidan Walsh 23.08.2013 02:04

Go on Facebook to my good friends site 'Troy Livingston' and learn the real truth about radiation Japan he devotes his entire life to this information for us all 'the people' not the controlled 'Cabal Gangster Bankers' who control our lives/media...We have serious challenges ahead of all of us and we all need to come together and 'work together for solutions and a better place for all our children.Please stop the fights on here lets make this world the best place. Blesses to everyone of you...


Aidan Walsh 23.08.2013 01:58

We should all get along on here, these forums were not meant to ridicule or insult anyones culture...We all are God's children we all must get along for the sake of every child on this planet, we need fairness all across the board we 'all' need to pull our socks up now and thrive for complete world peace and yes disarming these horrible weapons and yes The Japan disaster is now reaching a high climax with serious consequences enough to kill all of us on this planet.The media has lied like always to us so has the Japanese controlled Electric company, we must work together on all issues stop the hate/fights God Bless...

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