MOSCOW, December 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin was ranked the third most powerful person in the world by Forbes magazine in its annual rating.
US President Barack Obama tops the list for a second year in a row.
Obama is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Third place went to Putin, who was second on Forbes’ 2011 most powerful list.
This year’s 71-person list also features Microsoft founder Bill Gates (#4), Pope Benedict XVI (#5), Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (#9), British Prime Minister David Cameron (#10), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (#25), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (#30) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (#48).
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- mrgeniePutin has tens of thousands of nukes!13:01, 06/12/2012That puts him on place 2! Especially since he repeated many times he will use them against unarmed woman and children. That would make him even more powerful then Obama, who can't use his nukes and never threatened to use them against woman and children.
- Iranian ExpatHello13:21, 06/12/2012Well hello there.
It is good to know idiots like you also visit this site, aside from the garbage web sites the US media is feeding them.
- Michael JohnathenUmm15:07, 06/12/2012Mrgenie where are you from? Your comments range from sociopath to delusional. Putin has said nothing of that sort, he said he will counter any Nato backed missile shield with nuclear weapons it doesn't take a genius to understand that the missile-shield is aimed at Moscow not Iran not North Korea.
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The clash of Russian and Western interests has given rise to a geopolitical battle. German politicians are trying to leave all doors and windows open for dialogue with Russia. Moscow does acknowledge this, and Germany is probably the only country with which it is ready to discuss European security.