Forbes World's Most Powerful People list 2018: PM Modi ranked 9th, Xi Jinping tops

May 10, 2018 20:39 IST
PM Modi ranked 9th in Forbes World's Most Powerful People list 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked among the 10 most powerful people in the world in the 2018 World's Most Powerful People list that is topped by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

As per the World's Most Powerful People list, that was released on May 8, 2018, Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the only Indian businessman to feature in the list of 75 most powerful people.

Indians on the World's Most Powerful People list

• PM Modi (9th rank) and Mukesh Ambani (32nd rank) are the only two Indians on the Forbes World's Most Powerful People list.

• Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited gained momentum in India with the launch of 4G phone service Jio in 2016, while, PM Modi emerged as a key figure on international front to tackle climate change.

Top 10 World's Most Powerful People



Country or Company name


Xi Jinping



Vladimir Putin



Donald Trump

United States


Angela Merkel



Jeff Bezos


Pope Francis

Roman Catholic Church


Bill Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Saudi Arabia


Narendra Modi



Larry Page


Highlights of the list

• Chinese President Xi Jinping tops the list for the first time, replacing Russian President Vladimir Putin, who slipped to 2nd place after being named as the most powerful person in the world for four consecutive years.

• US President Donald Trump was ranked third, despite his inability to shake off scandals arising from his personal and business life. While, British Prime Minister Theresa May fetched 14th place.  

 World's Most Powerful People

• Rounding up the top 10 on the list are German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4th rank), Amazon chief Jeff Bezos (5th), Pope Francis (6th), Bill Gates (7th), Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud (8th), Narendra Modi (9th) and Google founder Larry Page (10th)

• Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was ranked 13th, Apple CEO Tim Cook got 24th spot, while, Indian-origin Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was ranked 40th.

• There are 17 new names in this year's list including US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (11th rank), Exxon Mobil Chief executive Darren Woods (34th rank) and US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller (72nd rank).

• The list also includes Pope Francis (6th), French President Emmanuel Macron (12th), Alibaba Chief Jack Ma (21st), Elon Musk (25th), UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (31st), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (36th) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (57th).


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