Putin Tops Foreign Policy List of Most Powerful People

World | January 4, 2013, Friday // 15:23

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, according to US magazine Foreign Policy.

Putin is in fact second in the magazine's list, since the top spot has been left empty.

No one has been ranked first, since "in a G-Zero world, everyone is waiting for someone else to shoulder responsibility for the world's toughest and most dangerous challenges," Foreign Policy's Ian Bremmer has explained.

The Russian president is followed by US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, who is ranked third, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4) and US President Barack Obama in fifth place.

Then come European Central Bank head Mario Draghi (6), Chinese Communist Party Secretary General Xi Jinping (7), Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (8), International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (also 8) and Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abd al-Aziz (10), according to RIA Novosti.

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