Where the year nears its end, begin the many nostalgia-evoking listicles inspired by the dying year. Forbes has come out with its Most Powerful People of 2016, but has given us very few surprises.
Forbes has compiled this list after assessing candidates from around the world and measuring their power and influence over people along four dimensions – power over a lot of people, financial resources, if the candidate is influential in multiple spheres, and whether the candidate actively uses their power. Here’s presenting to you six people on the Forbes list we think you should know a little bit about.
1. Vladimir Putin
Putin tops the list for the fourth consecutive year, continuing as he does to get all that he wants. The Russian president has exerted his power globally, whether it is his home country or the US presidential elections.
2. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes up ninth on the list, due to his widespread appeal to a large part of the Indian population, and also his raised profile as global leader.
3. Donald Trump
Donald Trump, third on the list, beat Hillary Clinton in the run for president this year and takes over the Oval Office in 2017. He is touted to become the first billionaire president of the US. Trump has been criticised for his racism and sexism, and his white supremacist approach to governance.
4. Angela Merkel
Ranking third, Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman on the list. The German Chancellor has guided her country through daunting times – through recession, the management of more than one million migrants, and the controlling of Russia’s growing influence over the continent.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
At 32, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest person and ranks 10th on the list. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard and found the social networking site, Facebook.
6. Mukesh Ambani
The only other Indian on the list is Mukesh Ambani, on the 38th spot. The Chairman of Reliance Industries has recently launched Reliance Jio, a 4G phone service in India’s hyper competitive telecom market.