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Modi 15th on Forbes most powerful list

Modi 15th on Forbes most powerful list
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Modi 15th on Forbes most powerful list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his debut among the world\'s most powerful people, ranked 15th on the Forbes list.

  • Notable omission was Cong President Sonia Gandhi
  • Next Indian after Modi on the list is Mukesh at 36th
  • Putin tops the list, pipping his US counterpart Obama
  • Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his debut among the world's most powerful people, ranked 15th on the Forbes list. Russian President Vladimir Putin topped the list, pipping his US counterpart Barack Obama for a second year in a row.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with Bollywood actress and MP Hema Malini in New Delhi on Wednesday
On PM Modi, Forbes said, "India's newest rock star doesn't hail from Bollywood. He is the newly elected Prime Minister who sailed into office in May with a landslide victory, ushering the BJP into power after decades of control by the Gandhi dynasty."

"Modi is credited with massive reconstruction projects in his home state of Gujarat. His administration promises to bring economic rejuvenation to other beleaguered parts of India. The world is as impressed as the citizens of India: So far he's toured the US and China and met with his Southeast Asian neighbours," the magazine reported.

The list of 72 most powerful people in the world also included the names of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani at 36th place, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th.

A notable omission from the list was Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21.

This year, there are 12 newcomers on the list, including PM Modi and Egypt President Abdel el-Sisi. Alibiba founder and China's richest man -- Jack Ma - made a first appearance after his record-breaking $25 billion initial public offering in September, as did terror group Islamic State's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The next Indian after PM Modi on the list is Ambani at 36th. The top five remain the same as 2013 —- Chinese President Xi Jinping ranked third, Pope Francis at No. 4 and the world's most powerful woman German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked fifth. Fed chief Janet Yellen moves into into sixth position, followed by Bill Gates and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi.

UK PM David Cameron slides up to number 10. The most powerful people in business are Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both ranked nine. Heading into the second half of his second term, Obama seems stymied both by the West African Ebola breakout and a blood-thirsty militia named ISIS, which threaten to undo all the gains of a 9-year war in Iraq that cost the lives of 4,500 Americans," Forbes said.

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