Our world is full of great personalities and outstanding people who achieve the biggest goals of their lives and do the impossible. However, only a few out of them could reach the limelight and become a part of the most powerful clan. Here, we are sharing the world’s 10 most powerful people in 2013.
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1) Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the current president of Russia, was formerly the prime minister of the Russians and during his reign from 2008 to 2012, he was also involved in the Russian political party and was the Chairman of United Russia. Putin served as a lieutenant colonel in the KGB for a period of sixteen years after which he retired and went into the politics, in the year 1991. Since that time period, he has been rising above in politics until the year 2000 when he was first elected as the second president of Russia. Though some of his ideas and actions have been seen as undemocratic, yet, he has passed many successful policies and reforms which made Russia grow and prosper, earning him the title of “super hero” as he has been quite influential over the years.
2) Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama, is the first African American and the 44th American President till date. Obama earned his law degree and worked as an attorney in Chicago and also taught constitutional law for a period of twelve years. He was a representative from 1997 to 2004 of the 13th district in the Illinois State. He became nationally recognized in 2004 when he won in the Democratic party. He first defeated Hillary Clinton in the democratic party and secured for himself a nomination of a president. Later, he gained victory against John McCain, the republican Nominee and won the seat of the president of the united states of America. Obama has also been a Nobel Peace Prize achiever.
3) Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping, second in rank as the most powerful person of this year, is the current President of China as well as the General Secretary of the communist party of his nation where he formerly was an official member before rising to the current status. He also acquires a strong post in the central military where he holds the position of a Chairman. Xi Jinping has had dramatic changes in his political career. Since a very early time he has serves as a Governor of Fujian as well as Zhejiang. He succeeded HU Jintao and became the party secretary in the year 2007. He currently leads the fifth generation of the peoples republic of China. He has taken serious action against corruption and has been working on the economic reforms.
4) Pope Francis
Francis Bergoglio, the Bishop of Rome, is the present Pope of the Catholic church. He has Italian descendents and before he was admitted into the seminary, he worked as a chemical technician for a short time period. He became the priest in 1969. Francis has achieved the honor of being the first Jesuit pope, the pope for the America, who originated from the southern hemisphere. Francis has been known as a kind, generous and a humble individual throughout his life in all aspects. He has a great urge to bring closer people from all different backgrounds and faiths to work together and build positive relations.
5) Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel, The leader of the Christian Democratic Union, is a first German women to hold a position of a Chancellor and a leader in the politics of Germany. She has also worked research scientist and initially started as a physical chemist. She entered the politics in the revolutionary era of the 90’s where she was the spokesperson of the government of Germany. She then was elected as a federal minister for the youth and women which then widened into other institutions such as environment and nuclear safety. She was the first ever female who was elected as the secretary general of the CDU in 2000.
6) Bill Gates
William Henry “Bill” Gates III, the co-founder of Microsoft, spreads his hands in many areas of expertise and is ranked as the sixth most powerful person of the current year. He has been one of the richest people in the world and has also been ranked as the richest person of 2013. he has earned this status earlier in the year 2007. Gates has been the CEO of his software company and has also been writing several books. He has been taking great interest in scientific research projects and has also been quite charitable over the years helping out many organizations. He also gave birth to his foundation under the name of Bill & Melinda. He has held the rank of the chief software architect in Microsoft and is still the chairman of the company.
7) Ben Bernanke
Ben Shalom Bernanke, hold the position of the chairman of the federal reserves, in the central bank of America. He is a well known American economist. he has earlier been the chairperson of the department of economics in the Princeton University until 2002, completing a period of six years after which he went to serve the public. He was the first person on the board of governors to propose the Bernanke Doctrine and to talk about the Great Moderation theory. Before his election as the chairman of the federal reserves, he served as a chairman of president Bush economic advisers council.
8) Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the eighth most powerful man and the king of Saudi Arabia, came to the throne after his half-brother, king Fahd passed away. He is the son of the founder of the modern Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud. All his adult life, Abdullah has held important political ranks and served as a mayor initially in the year, 1961. He has been the commander of the Saudi national guard until now. He has been named as the crown prince since the time when Fahd became the king and has also worked as a deputy defense minister. Abdullah has worked quite hard towards the establishment of his country and has brought it to be ranked in the 20 richest countries all over the world.
9) Mario Draghi
Mario Draghi, is the current president of the European central bank and is also an Italian economist. Draghi secured a PhD degree from MIT in the branch of economics. He has been teaching as a professor and a fellow member in different well known institutions. He started his career as an executive direction of the world bank and also held a vital rank in the Italian treasury until 2001. since the 90’s, Draghi has been appointed on many different executive ranks in Italy and in the united states, out of which one of the most important one is holding the status of a chairman in the financial stability forum, which works towards the betterment of the stability of international finances.
10) Michael Duke
Michael Duke is the CEO of Wal-Mart. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and he serves on the board of directors of Retail Industry Leaders Association, Arvest Bank’s community advisory board and Consumer Goods Forum. He has previously served as the executive in charge of the company’s international operations. He has worked with Federated Department stores, Venture Stores, May Department Stores. He is ranks 10th in the Forbes list of most powerful people in 2013.