Forbes power list: PM at No. 36; Osama at 37

Forbes released its list of 67 most powerful people with PM Manmohan Singh at number 36.

Updated: Nov 12, 2009, 21:22 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Washington: US magazine Forbes on Wednesday released its inaugural ranking list of 67 most powerful people of the world with PM Manmohan Singh at number 36 and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim at 56.

Unsurprisingly US President Barack Obama topped the list of most influential. And Chinese President Hu Jintao ranked second.

Al Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden was at 37.

In compiling the inaugural ranking, Forbes said it had narrowed the list to 67 people, "a number based on the conceit that one can reduce the world`s 6.7 billion people to the one in every 100 million that matter."

"The goal in compiling this list is to expose power and not glorify it, and over time reveal how influence is as easily lost as it is hard to gain," the magazine said.

World and industry leaders dominated the top 10 of the list, which Forbes said was assessed on the number of people the person influences, their ability to project power beyond their immediate sphere of influence, their control of financial resources and how actively that person wields power.

Also on the list were financial heavyweights including Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein (18) and billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett (14), as well as Pope Benedict (11).

Famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey was at number 45.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown came in at number 29 while Queen Elizabeth failed to make the list.

Forbes Magazine named drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman— a fugitive reputed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Mexico — at number 41.

Guzman is ahead of Presidents like Russia`s Dmitry Medvedev, France`s Nicolas Sarkozy and Venezuela`s Hugo Chavez.

As head of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman purportedly has legions of hit-men and enforcers at his command. Violence associated with Mexico`s drug war has cost more than 13,800 lives since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels.

Another Mexican — telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu, who Forbes listed as the world`s third-richest man — was named No. 6 on the most-powerful list, just five steps behind No 1, President Barack Obama.

Forbes said Slim Helu`s fortune was "equivalent to some two percent of Mexico`s GDP”.