Forbes' List of the World's Most Powerful People, 2013 Edition

Obama (President Barack Obama approaches the podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 9, 2010,
AP, Charles Dharapak
By Caroline Howard

Who's more powerful: the omnipotent head of a corroding but still feisty superpower or the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world? This year, our votes for the World's Most Powerful People -- an annual look at the heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly rule the world -- went with the former.

President Vladimir Putin has solidified his control over Russia while U.S. President Barack Obama's lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president -- latest example: the government shutdown mess. Anyone watching this year's chess match over Syria has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamic.

The Most Powerful People in the World list represents the collective wisdom of top Forbes editors, who consider hundreds of nominees before ranking the planet's top 72 power-brokers -- one for every 100 million people on Earth -- based on their scope of influence and their financial resources relative to their peers.


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bmac1216

Obama is lost........he has abdicated leadership to Putin, Merkel, or anybody that is any kind of leader, good or bad.

November 05 2013 at 11:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

It is getting harder and harder for liberals to defend their president. It must be especially hard when he ruined their health insurance.

November 01 2013 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

Louise, you live in a fools paradise. Obama is a Socialist/Communist and you must be, too.

October 31 2013 at 9:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
minu

WE Americans excel in dragging down our siting Presidens, be it Bush,Clinton or Obama does not make a difference. First we vote for them , then we blame them for everything under the sun. How about showing some respect for the highest office in the world???? Either do not vote for them and if u do , take a deep breathe and treat them with some respect. Politic is what it is......

October 31 2013 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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betty_brock

I certainly didn't vote for the Socialist in the White House now.

October 31 2013 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Carolyn Rohlf

what so bad about a Socialist?

November 04 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
ABBY

blah, blah, blah!!!

November 01 2013 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ABBY

We have so many ALL news channels that tell us absolutely NOTHING, except what they want you to know. Never let the truth or facts get in the way of a slanted story. I just wondered when it happened that everything on the news has to be an analysis of what I just watched. I used to have news channels on all the time - now it's all I can do to get through the hour of local and world news!

October 31 2013 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johngermaine8

Obama is an average guy and what happens when the social news gives him the world. There were better picks and it has nothing to do with color. In fact it is time to realize our own people of any race with the crap news today puts into chains. We need a smaller government less rules. The economy is a mess and this news willl not tell you the truth.

October 31 2013 at 3:40 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ectullis

Define powerful

October 31 2013 at 3:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Louise

By the way, President Obama is the absolute MOST patriotic, christian, loyal american EVER to hold the US Presidents position !!...And topfuel300 is the most disgusting racist I have EVER heard of !!

October 31 2013 at 3:25 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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Louise

Putin don't mean crap to me and he's NOT the most powerful in my eyes.... President Obama has ONE huge problem and it'a existed from day one and that's the racists republican/baggers who continually do noting but challenge him...even when it comes to paying the bills CREATED by republican excessive spending !!!

October 31 2013 at 3:21 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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jrb359

Can you also say "It's all George Bush's fault?" I bet YOU vote for people based on their skin color instead of them being qualified! I guess in your book, if you have a different opinion than the president's you are a racist! If it wasn't for Republican's our debt would be $27 trillion. Lastly, tell me when a Democrat ever thought it was a good idea to cut spending!

October 31 2013 at 10:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

obamacare wasn't Republican created spending. Not a single repub voted for it. The Repub house passed a CR fully funding the entire government with the exception of obamacare. Didn't ask for any cuts....fully funded.

and since when do you people care about how much money is spent?

November 01 2013 at 1:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
doncareyco

"The battle of the commies"

Sorry BO, but you need to learn your lesson from your mentor. Ain't no punk kid gunna take the crown frum Vlad.

October 31 2013 at 3:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply