Washington: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been listed the third most powerful woman as Russian President Vladimir Putin beat President Barack Obama to the top spot on Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Powerful People”.
Gandhi, 66, described as “de facto head of India”, is ranked 21st among the world’s 72 most powerful. She takes the third spot after German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No.5) and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff (No. 20) among the nine women, more than ever before.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 81, takes the 28th spot with two other Indians, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, 56, ranked 38th, and ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal, 63, in the 51st position.
While Putin climbs to the top spot as he “continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage”, Obama drops to second spot with his “lame duck period (has) seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president”.
Obama is followed by Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping (No. 3), Pope Francis (No.4) and Merkel (No. 5).