The publication writes that the Russian president extended its influence to almost all corners of the world, and gets what he wants everywhere from Syria to the United States. "Unfettered by conventional standards, his influence has increased in recent years,” Forbes writes and predicts that with Donald Trump as his ally, no one will hold Putin back in the coming years.
The elected president of the United States, Donald Trump, ranks second, whose winning was called amazing by the edition.
The third line of the rating was taken by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Merkel was given a task of maintaining a single European front as a result of Brexit, balancing the growing influence of Russia on the continent and manage more than 1 million immigrants who came to Germany in the last few years,” the publication says.
The chairman of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping moved from the fifth to the fourth place and Pope Francis dropped to fifth place instead.
Also, the top ten included such people as the head of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, the developer and search engine Google co-founder Larry Page, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the social networking developer of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.