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Posted on Dec 07, 02:38PM | IBNS
US President Barack Obama has been named as the world's most powerful person by American magazine Forbes.
Obama, for the second consecutive year, topped the Forbes' 2012 ranking of the World's Most Powerful People.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel bagged the second position, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is at No 3.
Spiritual leader Pope Benedict XVI ranked #5.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh got the 19th position in the list, while United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi was named 12th most powerful person.
Others in the list included Apple CEO Tim Cook (#35), LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman (#71), PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk (#66), ex-US President Bill Clinton (#50), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (#61), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (#25), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (#18), Wal-Mart Stores CEO Michael Duke (#17), world's richest man Carlos Slim Helu (#11), Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud (#7) and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#16).
Some prominent people were also dropped from the list.
"A number of prominent people fell off the entirely. Last year's #2, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is on his way out of office; he's already handed over some of his duties, and will surrender the rest early next year," said Forbes.
"We removed U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the list for the same reasons: They're both not expected to return to their powerful posts for Obama's second term," the magazine said.