What Makes Putin the World’s Most Powerful Person?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the world’s most powerful person for 2015, says Forbes magazine, a title that Moscow’s main man has now been given three years in a row.

Despite challenges to the Russian economy, the 63-year-old former KGB officer beat out U.S. President Barack Obama (who came in third) and everyone else you might think of. See the above video for more on that.

“Putin continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants — and get away with it,” wrote David M. Ewalt for Forbes.

“International sanctions set in place after he seized Crimea and waged war-by-proxy in Ukraine have kneecapped the Ruble and driven Russia into deepening recession, but haven’t hurt Putin one bit: In June, his approval ratings reached an all-time high of 89 percent,” Ewalt added.

“In October, he bombed ISIS forces in Syria and then met face-to-face with President Assad, making the U.S. and NATO look weak in the region, and helping rebuild Russian influence abroad.”

See this video below for some interesting non-Forbes facts about Vladimir Putin:

And yeah, Putin is pretty macho too, but it seems that doesn’t weigh in on Forbes’ decision.

Forbes said their choice for the world’s most powerful is based upon how much money each individual controls, the number of people that they affect, their total scopes of influence, and how vigorous they are in using their power.

Here are the top 10 of the 73 powerful people that Forbes listed:

  1. Vladimir Putin, Russia
  2. Angela Merkel, Germany
  3. Barack Obama, United States
  4. Pope Francis, Roman Catholic Church
  5. Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  6. Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7. Janet Yellen, United States
  8. David Cameron, United Kingdom
  9. Narendra Modi, India
  10. Larry Page, Google

From the list of 73, there were 28 billionaires, 30 Americans, and only 9 were women.

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