The US magazine Forbes said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin remains the most powerful man in the world ahead of Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.

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At 64, Putin leads the Forbes list for the fourth consecutive year.

“From his native country to Syria, through the US presidential elections, the Russian leader continues to achieve his goals,” the magazine said.

About Donald Trump, who will succeed Barack Obama at the White House in late January, “seems to be impervious to scandal, has both chambers of Congress in its favor and a personal fortune of several billions,” he says.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power for 11 years and a candidate for a new term in the fall, has fallen to a position in relation to 2015, coming in third.

Merkel is the first woman on the list, who counts only three in the top 20 places: Janet Yellen, governor of the US Central Bank, is the sixth and Theresa May, British Prime Minister who runs the ‘Brexit’ Of the EU], the 13th.

Behind Putin, Trump and Merkel come Chinese President Xi Jinping in fourth place and Pope Francisco in fifth.

The private sector leaders best placed on this list of 74 personalities are all Americans: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and world’s biggest fortune, ranks first in seventh place.

The next position is Larry Page d’Alphabet (Google). Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) appears in 10th place, Jeff Bezos (Amazon) in 14th and investor Warren Buffett in 15th.

At age 86, Buffett is one of the oldest people in this ranking, along with Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing (88, 33th) and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch (85, 35. O).

ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson, the president of the ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson oil group, whom Donald Trump chose as the US secretary of state, is in 24th place shortly after French President François Hollande.


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