By Caroline Howard
April 2, 2014
Here, a quick peek at the Most Powerful People in the World 2013:
Newcomers: Among the 13 newcomers are;
Pope Francis (No. 4),Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee (No. 41),Volkswagen’s Martin Winterkorn (No. 49),South Korean President Park Geun-hye (No. 52),IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (No. 56), andJanet Yellen (No. 72), nominated by President Obama as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve.Rosneft CEO and Putin confidant Igor Sechin (No. 60) andJill Abramson (No. 68), the executive editor of the New York Times, make a return appearance after dropping of the list in years past.
This is the first year that Putin carries the crown. Obama has been on the top of the list for every year with the exception of 2010, when Hu Jintao, the former political and military leader of China, was No. 1.
This year there are nine women on the list, representing 12% of the world’s most powerful ~ in stark contrast to being 50% of the world’s population. Both 2011 and 2012 featured six women leaders and the inaugural list from 2009 included only 3 ~ or just 4.4%. Recently elected Park of South Korea joins the other female heads of state German Chancellor Angela Merkel No.5), Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff (No. 20)and de facto head of India Sonia Gandhi (No. 21). Two of the world’s most important NGO’s are run by women: Christine Lagarde (No. 35) leads the IMF and Margaret Chan (No. 59) steers the World Health Organization.
Worth a cumulative $564 billion. Sure they’re rich but many of these billionaires deserve special attention for their philanthropic work, including:
Warren Buffett (No. 13),Michael Bloomberg (No. 29),Li Ka-shing (No. 30),Mohammed Ibrahim (No. 71).
There are 12 in total. As expected, many are headquartered on the West Coast:
Mark Zuckerberg (No. 24),Elon Musk (No. 47), Ellison andReid Hoffman (No. 65).Global entrepreneurial spirit spans from Japan’s Masayoshi Son (No. 45) andChina’s Robin Li (No. 61) to Africa’s Dangote and Ibrahim.
The FORBES Most Powerful started in 2009, seeking to answer a straight yet complex question: What is the true nature of power and can we really compare and rank heads of state with religious figures and drug traffickers? The premise has always been to select one person for every 100 million on the planet. The first list had 67 slots. This year we are up to 72.
Obama,Putin,Bill Gates (No. 6),U.S. Fed Chair Ben Bernanke (No. 7),the King of Saudi Arabia (No. 8),Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke (No. 10),billionaire Carlos Slim Helu (No. 12),Page and Brin, andRupert Murdoch (No. 33).