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Forbes’ The World’s Most Powerful People 2011

Forbes' The World's Most Powerful People 2011

Yesterday, Forbes released it's annual list of the world's 70 Most Powerful People. Instead of the the usual media attention focusing on the who's who of the world, most of the outlets have resulted to focusing on who's not on the list. That would be women. Out of the 70 most powerful people in the world, only six women have made the list. There are other interesting revelations as well such as a Mexican drug lord (Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán) making the list but the Mexican President (Felipe Calderón) not being so fortunate. Also, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest to break through the top 10. Depending on where you get your daily news, a number of blogs are fuming about the results but not here.

I think the Forbes power ranking is dead on accurate. The ranking system takes into account four factors -- the number of people a person has power over, the financial resources a person controls, the number of spheres of influence the person has, and how actively the person wields his or her power. I think this is a thorough way of vetting out the candidates otherwise the list will be filled with the likes of Lady Gaga, Oprah and Justin Bieber. Seriously, I think it's an accurate take on the state of the world and it's real leaders. Here is the top 10:

1. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, 50 years old
2. Vladamir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, 59 years old
3. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, 68 years old
4. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, 57 years old
5. Bill Gates, Co-chair or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 56 years old
6. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, 87 years old
7. Pope Benedict XVI, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, 84 years old
8. Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 57 years old
9. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, 27 years old
10. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 45 years old

See the remaining 60 at Forbes.com

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