Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chinese President "Hu Jintao" overtakes Obama as world's 'most powerful'



Forbes.com has released a list of "The Most Powerful People on Earth 2010"


Forbes has said that "the people on this list were chosen because, in various ways, they bend the world to their will. They are heads of state, major religious figures, entrepreneurs, and outlaws."

Hu Jintao, the President of the People’s Republic of China is taking the first place in this list.

He has overtaken US President Barack Obama, who now ranks No. 2 in the power list. It is interesting to note that Chinese Super Computer has overtaken US Supercomputers few days back.

Forbes has mentioned below comments for Hu Jintao.


Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world's population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts.

Recently surpassed Japan to become the world's second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world's largest economy in 25 years--although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis.

Creditor nation oversees world's largest reserves at $2.65 trillion--$1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. Refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world's largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.





Hu Jintao was born in the city of Jiangyan, central Jiangsu Province, on December 21, 1942.
Hu's father, Hu Jingzhi, ran a small tea shop in the small town of Taizhou, Jiangsu. His mother died when Hu was only seven years old, and the boy was raised by his aunt.

His is an exceptionally bright and diligent student. And, he studied hydroelectric engineering.

In 1964, Hu joined the Chinese Communist Party. Hu graduated from Qinghua University in 1965.

In 1974, Hu Jintao became the Secretary of the Construction Department of Gansu

Hu became Vice President of China in 1998, and finally Party General Secretary (President) in 2002.

Find below the first 10 powerful people in the list.




Rank
NameOrganizationAge
1
Hu Jintao
President
People's Republic of China67
2
Barack Obama
President
United States of America
49
3
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
King
Saudi Arabia
86
4
Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister
Russia
58
5
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope
Roman Catholic Church
83
6
Angela Merkel
Chancellor
Germany
56
7
David Cameron
Prime Minister
United Kingdom
44
8
Ben Bernanke
Chairman
Federal Reserve
56
9
Sonia Gandhi
President
Indian National Congress
63
10
Bill Gates
Co-Chair
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
55



You can see the entire list here.


Forbes has given below description for Obama.

Obama's Democrats suffered a mighty blow in U.S. midterm elections, with the president decisively losing support of the House of Representatives, and barely holding onto the Senate.
It's quite a come-down for last year's most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two. He can take comfort in the fact that he remains commander-in-chief of world's largest, deadliest military, leader of world's largest (in spending) and most dynamic economy and holds the unofficial title of "Leader of the Free World."


Google's Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are also in the list. Forbes gives below introduction for them.


If knowledge is power, maybe information is too. Brin met co-founder Larry Page in Stanford computer science Ph.D. program, now the brainy duo are trying to put all the world's information at your fingertips. Combined net worth of $30 billion would place them third on the Forbes 400. Yet despite professed intentions to "do no evil," Google is blamed in some quarters for decimating traditional publishing, journalism. Brin: "Some say Google is God; others say Google is Satan."


Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is the Youngest (age 26) among the people in this list. His Rank is 40.


"Zuck" runs network of 600 million "friends" who announce births, deaths, breakups, geopolitical revolutions, share photos and harvest squash 30 billion times a month. Site is second-most-visited worldwide, after Google; users spend over 700 billion minutes per month with site. Harvard dropout even runs his own monetary system--Facebook Credits--to facilitate transactions.

Personal fortune soared $4.9 billion this year to $6.9 billion as private equity outfits stumbled over each other to buy stock at soaring valuations--at last count the company was valued at $23 billion (Illiquid private shares in secondary markets point higher). Said to end meetings with fist pump and chants of "Domination!" Interests (per Facebook page): minimalism, revolutions and "eliminating desire."



India's Sonia Gandhi gets 9th place while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gets 18th place.

Singh gets below description in Forbes list.


Soft-spoken Oxford-trained economist credited with transforming India's quasi-socialist economy into world's second-fastest growing. Enjoying fruits of free-market policies he implemented as India's finance minister in early 1990s. World Bank forecasts India's GDP will surge 7.6% in 2010, another 8% in 2011; not far behind its 9% forecast for China. Speaking of: "Slow and steady will win the race."


And, Sonia Gandhi gets below description.

Despite Italian birth, foreign religion (Roman Catholic) and political reluctance, Gandhi wields unequaled influence over 1.2 billion Indians. Recently elected to record fourth term as head of India's ruling Congress Party, cementing status as true heiress to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. Handpicked brainy Sikh economist Manmohan Singh (also a listee) as prime minister. Inspired choice: Singh universally praised as India's best prime minister since Nehru, ideally trained to lead the world's fourth-largest economy in terms of purchasing power into next decade. But Gandhi remains the real power behind the nuclear-tipped throne. Grooming 40-year-old son Rahul for prime minister role.


This list includes Al Qaida's Osama bin Laden also.
Forbes below details for him.

Despite infrequent communications, persistent rumors of his death, symbolic power undiminished: Impressionable youths continue to self-detonate in his name; casus belli of two U.S.-led wars costing over $1 trillion.


India's most wanted man "Dawood Ibrahim" also gets place in this list of powerful men on earth 2010.


Son of a police officer now India's most wanted man. Boss of Mumbai-based, 5,000-member organized crime syndicate D-Company, which has engaged in everything from narcotics and counterfeits to weapon smuggling and contract killing. U.S. declares him a global terrorist, U.N. tried to freeze his assets. U.S. government says he shares smuggling routes with al-Qaeda and has collaborated with both al-Qaeda and its South Asian affiliate, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which pulled off the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, possibly with Ibrahim's help. Also a prime suspect in 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people and wounded 713. Rumor has it he's hiding out in Pakistan, protected by appearance-altering plastic surgery and friends in Pakistani intelligence community.









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