Forbes ranks Netanyahu world's 24th most powerful person

November 4, 2010 13:55

Forbes released its list of "The World's Most Powerful People" on Wednesday, ranking the top 68 people who, according to the magazine, "matter."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ranked 24th on the list, with Forbes saying, "As leader of an undeclared nuclear power, Netanyahu remains the biggest menace to Iran's nuclear ambitions."

China's President Hu Jintao came in at first place, as the "paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet" who "exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people."

Other figures who made the top ten include, in descending order: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin; Pope Benedict XVI; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which makes her the highest ranking woman on the list; Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom; US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi; and Microsoft magnate Bill Gates.

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