The most influential people in the world in 2011

Forbes has published its annual ranking of the most influential people of our time. Just a list of 70 people, we publish the top ten.

1. Barack Obama (US President)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 50

Nationality: United States

Marital status: Married, two children

Earnings for the year: $ 569,000

The main achievement of 2011: the destruction of Osama bin Laden (May).

Obama's project to support the US labor market has failed, it was ridiculed for the negotiations to raise the upper limit of the national debt, his popularity has plummeted, the possibility of re-election is questionable - but Obama still returns to first place in the ranking of most influential people in the world. Why?

Despite the short-term decline, the United States, no doubt, remain the most powerful country in the world with the largest and most innovative economy and the most powerful army. In addition, the only rival Obama, who took first place in the last year, Chinese President Hu Jintao, losing ground since leaving his post.

2. Vladimir Putin (Russian Prime Minister)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 59

Citizenship: Russia

Marital status: Married, two children

Earnings for the year: $ 126,000

The main achievement of 2011: The idea of ​​creating a Eurasian Union in 2015 between Russia and some former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine.

Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that he would not be re-elected, Putin put forward for the post of head of state, which, as many believe, he never left. Assuming that Putin, whose authoritarianism is still growing, re-elected for two further terms, he would remain in power until 2024.

3. Hu (Hu)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 68

Citizenship: China

Marital status: Married

The main failure of 2011: in a rare display of independence, the Chinese media have criticized the government of the country after the collapse of the high-speed trains in July. Hu now holds three posts required in order to be considered a leader of China: he is general secretary of the Communist Party, the president and commander in chief. According to a well-organized transfer of power plan, it will gradually withdraw from these posts for a few years. The following year, he lost to the main post of General Secretary of the Communist Party. His presumed successor, Xi Jinping will become president a year later.

4. Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 57

Citizenship: Germany

Marital status: Married

Earnings for the year: $ 303 800Camaya influential woman in the world led by the strongest European economy and is considered the de facto leader of the European Union. A recent survey in France showed that the French have more confidence in Merkel (46%) than their own president, Nicolas Sarkozy (33%). Now Germany must take more bold steps to rescue the euro zone, despite the political risks for Merkel's governing coalition. Half-measures will not help here.

5. Bill Gates (co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 56

Nationality: United States

Net Worth: $ 59 billion

Earnings: $ 800,000

status Source: Microsoft

Education: Harvard University, he did not graduate

Marital status: Married, three children

The main achievement of 2011: a vaccine against malaria, the creation of which supports Gates recently held the important clinical trials. This vaccine could save millions of lives.

Microsoft founder and the second largest state of man in the world is experiencing the most productive midlife crisis in history. His work on the creation and distribution of vaccines has a tremendous impact on health worldwide. The purpose of Gates - to destroy the infectious diseases as a leading cause of death. It can manage it.

6. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (Saudi King)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 87

Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Marital status: Married

The main failure of 2011: in October, the death of his younger brother Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz. New heir to the throne was his half-brother Nayef.

One of the few remaining in the world of absolute monarchs, King Abdullah has continued to pursue a policy of moderate reform in the kingdom, which is 20% of the world's proven oil reserves and two of the major shrines of Islam. He recently gave women the right to vote in local elections and is trying gradually to free the education system from religious control. Yet al-Saud is no liberal: he fought with the Arab spring, spending more than $ 130 billion on social projects aimed at suppressing any internal protest movements.

7. Pope Benedict XVI (the head of the Roman Catholic Church)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 84

Citizenship: Germany

The main failure in 2011, two groups of victims demanded that the International Criminal Court investigation and prosecution of Pope Benedict XVI for covering up cases of sexual violence against minors.

For the spiritual leader of one-sixth of humanity (1, 2 billion) - the last word in matters of abortion, gay marriage, women priests and, of recent, the movement Occupy Wall Street. In October, the Vatican called for the creation of international body for the supervision of the world economy: "In order to work properly, the economy is needed ethics, and not some kind, and one which puts people at the center."

8. Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the US Federal Reserve)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 57

Nationality: United States

Marital status: Married, two children

Earnings: $ 199,700

The main failure of 2011: all the Republican candidates for the US presidency announced that, if elected, would be fired Bernanke. After two rounds of quantitative easing, ie buying the Fed's securities in the second stage where the US economy $ 600 billion has been poured, Bernanke did not rule out a third round, that is, another wave of infusion of money. Bernanke has recently launched "Operation Twist" (the Fed changes the short-term bonds for long-term) in an attempt to reduce the interest on long-term bonds, driving the US debt portfolio worth $ 1, $ 7 trillion.

9. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 27

Nationality: United States

Marital status: Single

Net Worth: $ 17, 5 billion

state Source: Facebook

Education: Harvard University, he did not graduate

The main achievement of 2011: the movie "The Social Network", loosely based on Zuckerberg's life and showing his cool nerd, won three "Oscar".

What the CIA failed to cope in 60 years, Zuckerberg managed seven: learn that 800 million people (10% of the world population) think, read and listen to, who they know, what they like, where they live, where to go and how to vote. Customers in the US is carried out in Facebook more time than any other website - 6, 3 hours per month. Not graduated from Harvard, Zuckerberg is now creating its own Facebook Credits payment system to facilitate transactions and to increase profits. Zuckerberg takes the 14th place in the list of the richest people in the United States.

10. David Cameron (British Prime Minister)

The most influential people in the world in 2011

Age: 45

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Marital status: Married

Earnings: $ 225,000

The main failure of 2011: a scandal with the phone tapping was reflected in Cameron, who hired the former chief editor of News of the World by Andrew Coulson (currently under investigation), even after it began to appear about that tabloid engaged in wiretapping . Once he was hailed as a second Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister and now serves as a scapegoat in the whole country. Cameron faced a split in the coalition and the conservative revolt against its refusal to reconsider relations with the European Union. He still remained a couple of good friends. "You have lost the ability to shut up - he was rude to Sarkozy when Cameron insisted on his participation in the meeting of the eurozone crisis. - We are tired of your criticism and instructions what to do. You say you hate the euro, but want to interfere with the work at our meetings. "

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Vladimir Putin for the first time entered the top three, Obama has replaced Hu from first place, Medvedev went from 12th to 59th. The third and final Russian in the list - Alisher Usmanov. In the ranking politicians, senior managers and business owners, religious leaders, one military and one drug dealer.

In the ranking of the three influential citizens of Russia - Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, and Alisher Usmanov, who finished last, 70th place. The World's Billionaires list it on the 35th place, and his company Digital Sky Technologies owns stakes in Facebook, Zynga (online game), Twitter.

Rating takes into account four parameters:

1. Over how many people a person has power;

2. What financial resources it controls;

3. In how many different areas of influential people

4. How active he uses his power.