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Business Leaders Ranking Among the World’s Most Powerful People

Admin | 31.10.2013

Forbes magazine has just released their annual list of The World’s Most Powerful People for 2013 and we were curious to see where the captains of industry rank among heads of state, politicians, autocrats and philanthropists.  This year’s Most Powerful designation went to Russian President Vladimir Putin as he climbed one spot above U.S. President Barack Obama who was last year’s Most Powerful.

Forbes magazine has just released their annual list of The World’s Most Powerful People for 2013 and we were curious to see where the captains of industry rank among heads of state, politicians, autocrats and philanthropists.  This year’s Most Powerful designation went to Russian President Vladimir Putin as he climbed one spot above U.S. President Barack Obama who was last year’s Most Powerful.

The Forbes list profiles 72 of the most powerful from the nearly 7.2 billion people on earth.  That comes out to one power broker for every 100 million people on our planet.  Forbes uses four dimensions to measure their power as follows:

Power over a large number of people.

The first dimension of measurement is that the candidates have to have power or authority over a lot of people, such as the CEO of the top private employer in the world – Wal-Mart Stores.  CEO Michael Duke (No. 10 on the list) has leadership responsibility for 2.1 million employees around the world.

Financial resources controlled.

The second dimension of measurement is the amount of financial resources controlled by each of the 72 power brokers.  World leaders are ranked by the GDP of their country while CEOs are measured by their company’s assets and revenues.  Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu (No. 12 on the list) was actually measured by his personal net worth.

Distribution of power in multiple spheres.

The Forbes list then goes on to measure how the 72 on the list project their power and influence.  Microsoft’s Bill Gates (No. 6 on the list) is a good example of a business leader that is powerful in multiple spheres.  Gates’ billionaire status gives him financial power, he’s considered a major philanthropist and he’s the chairman of the world’s top computer software company.

Active use of power.

The final measure relates to whether candidates for the list actively use their power.  Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin scored the highest in this category due to the frequency of his shows of strength at home and abroad.

So how did the world’s business leaders fare among this list of 72?  Here they are…

  Rank       Name & Title                                           Company                                Age #10         Michael Duke – CEO                                Wal-Mart Stores                            63 #12         Carlos Slim Helu – Honorary Chairman      America Movil                               73 #13         Warren Buffett – CEO                              Berkshire Hathaway                      83 #15         Jeff Bezos – CEO                                     Amazon.com                                49 #16         Rex Tillerson – CEO                                  Exxon Mobil                                 61 #17         Sergey Brin – Cofounder / Director            Google                                        40 ________of Special Projects                           #17         Larry Page – CEO                                     Google                                       40 #19         Timothy Cook – CEO                                 Apple                                        52 #22         Jamie Dimon – CEO                                  JPMorgan Chase                          57 #24         Mark Zuckerberg – Cofounder / CEO           Facebook                                   29 #25         Jeffrey Immelt – CEO                                General Electric                          57 #27         Lloyd Blankfein – CEO                               Goldman Sachs Group                 59 #30         Li Ka-shing – Chairman                             Hutchison Whampoa                   85 #31         Charles Koch – CEO                                   Koch Industries                         77 #31         David Koch – Executive Vice President         Koch Industries                         73 #33         Rupert Murdoch – Chairman & CEO             News Corp                                82 #38         Mukesh Ambani – Chairman                       Reliance Industries                   56 #39         Haruhiko Kuroda – Governor                       Bank of Japan                          69 #41         Lee Kun-Hee – Chairman                            Samsung Group                       71 #42         Larry Fink – Cofounder & CEO                     BlackRock                                60 #44         Akio Toyoda – CEO                                     Toyota Motor Company             57 #45         Masayoshi Son – CEO                                 Softbank                                 56 #47         Elon Musk – Founder & CEO                        Space Exploration                    42 _____________                                                       Technologies Corporation #48         Terry Gou – CEO                                        Hon Hai Precision                     63 #49         Martin Winterkorn – Chairman                     Volkswagen Group                   66 #51         Lakshmi Mittal – Chairman & CEO                ArcelorMittal                           63 #54         Bernard Arnault – Chairman & CEO              LVMH Moet Hennessy               64 _____                                                                      Louis Vuitton #55         Bill Gross – Cofounder                                 Pacific Investment                   69 ____________________                                           Management Company #56         Virginia Rometty – CEO                               IBM                                       55 #58         Larry Ellison – CEO                                     Oracle                                     69 #60         Igor Sechin – Chairman                               Rosneft                                  53 #61         Robin Li – Founder & CEO                            Baidu                                     44 #63         Alisher Usmanov – Founder                          Metalloinvest                           60 #64         Aliko Dangote – CEO                                   Dangote Group                        56 #65         Reid Hoffman – Partner                               Greylock Partners                     46 #70         Yngve Slyngstad – CEO                               Norges Bank Investment           50 _____________________                                         Management   So who’s in your Rolodex or among your LinkedIn connections?

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