by Scott McKay | November 5, 2015 2:12 pm
Forbes doesn’t particularly consider Barack Obama to be the leader of the free world.
Or even particularly consequential, at least not by the standard of an American president.
Vladimir Putin has been named the world’s most powerful person by Forbes magazine for the third year in a row.
The Russian President was followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who moved up three spots from last year to replace U.S. President Barack Obama at number two.
With Obama dropping down to third place, this is the first year a sitting U.S. President has not made it into the top two on the list.
Pope Francis retained his place at number four from last year, ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping at number five, who fell two spots from last year.
Also in the top ten are Bill Gates, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Alphabet CEO Larry Page in spots six to ten.
We’ve seen lots of firsts from Barack Obama. Not being considered as one of the two most powerful people in the world for the first time since Forbes started making the list is just a new one.
Sadly, however, there are lots of people who would tell you Obama is consequential enough. The victims of Fast And Furious, or the IRS scandal, for example, might agree that Putin and Merkel are bigger deals than Obama – but they probably wish he was even less important than he is.
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