Becoming the most prevailing individual in the world is a fantasy we all dream about while in reality only few can achieve it. From Napoleon to Mahatma Gandhi, through the pages of time we have witnessed people gaining power due to various activities. Power has always influenced the society because it includes ability and control. The modern world is more familiar with “money relating power”. People with the lucrative post makes them the most powerful personalities in the society. The list below discusses the Ten Most Powerful Names in the World.
List of 10 Most Powerful People in the World
- Barack Obama
- Vladimir Putin
- Hu Jintao
- Angela Merkel
- Bill Gates
- Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
- Pope Benedict XVI
- Ben Bernanke
- Mark Zuckerberg
- David Cameron
The World’s Top 10 Most Powerful People 2012
1. Barack Obama
The first African American to become the President of United States, Barack Hussein Obama is the most influential personality in the world. Born on August 4, 1961, Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of US in 2008 and he assumed his office from 20th January, 2009. The 50 years old presidents fame gained height when he won in the March 2004 Illinois Democratic primary for the Senate election and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He is a graduate from Columbia University and later pursued law degree from Harvard Law School.
2. Vladimir Putin
Born on 7th October 1952 as Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is one of the strongest political icon of Russia since 1990. He has been elected the President of Russia twice – once in 2000 and then again in 2012. Apart from this he was also the Prime Minister of the State from 1999 to 2000, the Chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. Putin has been widely recognized for supervising a return of political steadiness and economic progress to Russia.
3. Hu Jintao
By holding post such as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2002, President of the People’s Republic of China since 2003 and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2004, Hu Jintao has rose to the position of a principal leader in China. He has also earned name for improving the nation’s socio-economic equality through the Scientific Development Concept. Born on 21 December 1942, Hu joined politics while he was a student of Beijing’s Tsinghua University in 1964.
4. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany and the Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The beginning of the Revolution of 1989 has paved the path of politics though she was a Physical Chemist by profession. Angela is the world’s most authoritative woman referring her as “the decider” for her decisive role in managing the financial crisis at the European and international level.
5. Bill Gates
William Henry “Bill” Gates III, became a popular name worldwide as Bill Gates, when he co founded the Microsoft along with Paul Allen. He is the current CEO and former Chief Executive of Microsoft. Though the 56 years old have faced criticisms for his business strategies, he is the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. In 2010 he was privileged with Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America for his service to youth.
6. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
The King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud is the sixth most potent individual. He was mounted to the throne on 1 August 2005 on the date his half-brother, King Fahd left this world. In 1963, Abdullah served the Saudi National Guard (SANG) as the commander. Born on 1st August, 1924, he is the tenth son of King Abdulaziz.
7. Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI born as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927 is the 265th and current Pope of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the leader of the Catholic Church. He is considered as the heir to Saint Peter after a long career of an intellectual, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities. His teaching and prolific writings are theologically conservative and are guarded by conventional Catholic doctrine and ethics. As a native of Bavaria, Pope has both German and Vatican citizenship.
8. Ben Bernarke
The American economist and currently chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, Ben Bernarke has gained reputation for managing the Federal Reserve’s responses to the late 2000’s economic crisis. Previously a tenured economics professor at Princeton University, Ben was a also a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2000 – 2005) and chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers.
9. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who became a house hold name after his co founded the social networking site, Facebook. This 28 years old youth was born and raised in New York State with lots of interest in writing software programs. From 2010 Zuckerberg has been named among the 100 wealthiest by Time Magazine’s Person of The Year. The famous movie “Social Networking” is based on him. At present, he is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc.
10. David Cameron
David William Donald Cameron is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom representing Witney as its Member of Parliament. Before becoming the prime minister, he was the First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Conservative Party. With a degree of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford, he is the youngest British prime Minister at 44 years.