Pope Benedict XVI is the Fifth Most Powerful Person in the World

What do the president of the United States, the Pope and the founder of Facebook all have in common? They’re all featured on Forbes’ 2012 ranking of the "World's Most Powerful People", an annual look at the leaders, heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly run the world.

According to Forbes, there are nearly 7.1 billion people on the planet, in order to compile the list of the most powerful people, they considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. Among others, they studied whether the candidate has power over lots of people. Pope Benedict XVI, ranked #5 on their list, as he is the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics, or about 1/6th of the world’s population. 

Following is Forbes official list of the ten most powerful people in the World:

Barack Obama
President of the United States of America, Age 51

Angela Merkel
German Chancellor, Age 58

Vladimir Putin
Russian President, Age 60

Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft Corporation, Age 57

Pope Benedict XVI
Age 85

Ben Bernanke
Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Age 58

Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia, Age 88

Mario Draghi
President of the European Central Bank, Age 65

Xi Jinping
General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Age 59

David Cameron
British Prime Minister, Age 46

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