Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday. US President Barack Obama (No. 2) dropped from the number one spot, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping came no.4.
Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic maneuvering during the international crisis over Syria and had a leading role at the international scene.
The head of the Federal Republic is the second in the list, before the President Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Pope Francis completed the podium and appears for the first time in the ranking.
The first woman of rank remains the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in fifth place.
The French head of state, Francois Hollande lost four ranks in 2013, from 14th to 18th place.
Forbes took four factors into account to select the world’s most powerful 72 people: how many people they have power over; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world.