Forbes puts pope in top 10 most powerful people

VATICAN CITY — Forbes magazine doesn’t mind searching far and wide for compiling its roundup of the world’s most powerful men and women.

Pope Benedict XVI is seen with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Vatican 2007. Forbes magazine ranked Putin and the pope the 4th and 5th most powerful people in the world. ( CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI made #5, behind Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. President Barack Obama, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Last year, the pope placed 11th on the list, right behind Bill Gates III.

Forbes cast a wide enough net this year to include people who use their power for unjust and immoral ends like Osama bin Laden, who made #57, and, at  #60, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which is the largest cocaine supplier to the U.S.

Here’s the magazine’s rationale for how and why they chose who they did.

One Response

  1. I think the honourable President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa should be the on the list of the most powerful person on earth 2010 top 10 most powerful person.Because SA is a regional superpower in southern africa and in the world in general, its also a member of the g20, has good relations with the US,EU and China,India & Brazil.

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