Rabat - Forbes, the American business magazine, ranked for the third time Russian President Vladimir Putin the “world’s most powerful person” in its 2015 rankings published Wednesday.
Rabat – Forbes, the American business magazine, ranked for the third time Russian President Vladimir Putin the “world’s most powerful person” in its 2015 rankings published Wednesday.
“He’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants –and get away with it,” the magazine underlined.
Despite the international sanctions set in place by the EU and the US after he seized Crimea, Putin’s popularity was not damaged. “His approval ratings reached an all-time high of 89 percent,” Forbes highlighted.
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany ranked the second most powerful person in the world in Forbes’ 2015 rankings. She jumped up from the number five spot last year to take runner-up on the list.
“Merkel is the backbone of the 28-member European Union”and her decisions on the Syrian refugee crisis and on the Greek credit depression “helped bump her up the list,” Forbes underlined.
As for the President of the world’s greatest economic power Barack Obama, he fell one spot on this year’s list to number three.
Domestically, Obama’s approval ratings stand under 50 percent. Abroad, “he’s outshined by Merkel in Europe, and outmaneuvered by Putin in the Middle East,” according to the same source.
The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ranked 14 and the Arab world’s most powerful person.