The world's most powerful people

Forbes presents its annual ranking of the individuals who wield the greatest influence. Here's a look at the top 10.

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Dec 5, 2012 2:58PM
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who elected helicopter Ben Berspanky? or da Federal Reserve Corporation (listed on Dun & Bradstreet corporate reporting).....la da da......
Dec 5, 2012 2:58PM
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To 'common tater' Toadvine....... whatever did you mean when you said >>> "The man that was in charge when America collapsed?" A strange and out of context statement... the man you might be referring to is President Hoover during the Great Depression and the 'widely known' stock market crash of 1929. I DIDN'T vote for Obama but he wasn't even born at that time...... just sayin'.
Dec 5, 2012 2:58PM
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The list portrayed a variety of people holding different positions of power determined/reported by a single source!  This time of year the "most powerful person" should be a tie:

 

1) Santa Claus - His name brings smiles and hope to all regardless of one's political or religious beliefs, as well as wealth is irrelevant.  People of all ages, backgrounds, race, or creed are transformed into children again.  He exudes happiness and simplicity in a world that is mired in war and greed.

 

2) Jesus - A single figure that brings a deep-rooted belief that there is hope.  An individual that all can call upon for a sense of sanity and stability.

 

Although your beliefs may not concur with these, it is a wonderful country we live in where others allow you to cherish and follow your own beliefs.

Dec 5, 2012 2:57PM
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To those with legitimate reasons to question if Obama should be on top (meaning that your post does not include words such as "bozo") this list does not say that they are the "best" or "most moral" people. It says that they have power. Do you think China would have made the list if it were a "best leader" list?

 

Like him or not, Obama commands the largest military in the world and his decisions (good or bad) will effect the global economy. This is what this list is about-not popularity.

Dec 5, 2012 2:57PM
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What a bunch of crap.. This man has power to destroy.. He is killing our country year by year.. He is not a builder, he is a destroyer.. He has not been concentrating on jobs because he doesnt know how to make them. He only knows how to manipulate.. The Media is being bought and paid for by this man.. That is the only reason for this.. It is sad that so many are blinded to this mans plans.. I recommend that Americans take another hard long look at this man.. He is destroying America as we know it.. He is making slaves out of half of us.. He will keep the poor , poor.. He has to make jobs to change their lot in life and he doesnt know how.. They are slaves to the govt.. he likes it that way.. They will always vote for the assistance or the hope of better.. Sadly , this man wont give it to them.. God is more powerful and will handle Mr. Obama in time. He will ask, if you are a Christian as you say, why were you vain, childish, wouldnt listen to anyone, didnt profess your belief when pressured.. We all should keep that in mind.
Dec 5, 2012 2:57PM
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Is this the best that we can do ? A person that I would vote for isn't on your list. That would be Thomas Jefferson. I saw a quote of his in the paper today that reminded me of how brilliant he was . You judge "It is error alone which requires the support of government. Truth can stand by itself".

Dec 5, 2012 2:57PM
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You have to love the liberal media- since when is a "decisive" win a simple plurality of the general population, and "dominating the electoral college" pulling out wins in swing states where the vote was split by narrow margins for Obama. He can't blame the budget on "inheritance" from the Republicans anymore, and he's opposed to (and intends to cut spending for) the same military superpower that has made him one of the most influential men in the world. His political agenda is to tax the few to provide for the many who won't work. The role of government is not to provide a living for everyone, but to provide everyone with a life - free of encumbrances from Government.

Dec 5, 2012 2:56PM
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This is probably not the first time in the history that the choice of  "Most Powerful" equated with the "Biggest As*hole," but came nowhere close to "Most Respected," Most Trusted" or "Most Honored."

 

Many Presidents have been hated, but none to the degree of B.O.

 

Goodnight, America, I loved you...

 

 

Dec 5, 2012 2:56PM
Dec 5, 2012 2:55PM
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Congrats to the President of the United States, his team, the volunteers and the people who put him back in office!
Dec 5, 2012 2:55PM
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I love the fact that more Americans voted for Obama, but people are still yelling about how the office was stolen.  Bush screwed America 7 ways from Sunday.  Obama is cleaning up a republican crap-storm and doing a good job considering the partisan resistance against him during his first term
Dec 5, 2012 2:55PM
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@toadvine: PAY ATTENTOIN, IF POSSIBLE.

 

 

"The man who will end America as we ever knew it."   And how is that Toadvine? America is a rainbow.  Get used to it or move to your own corner of the world.

The man who was in charge when america collapsed  ... was Bush..

 

 "The man whose piece of legislation carries his own name, Obamacare", given to him by the likes of you, will forever be known as the single greatest piece of legislation in modern history.

 

The rest of you post is just  a childish rant.  BTW, toadvine sends like wc.

Dec 5, 2012 2:54PM
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If he was (Obama) the most powerful person in the world, then when he snapped his fingers the world would obey the master, but I don't see any one, including his own party agreeing with his wishes, and doing what he wants.
Dec 5, 2012 2:54PM
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 Commander in Chief?  I was in a military camp in Afghanistan on election day.  NOBODY was glad of the outcome.  What does that say about what the U.S. troops think? 
Dec 5, 2012 2:54PM
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I like how the fiscal cliff was not a big issue for months, weeks, or days before the election. Then all of a sudden a day after he won news headlines were "AMERICA'S FISCAL CLIFF CRISIS." Just shows how much the media is in bed with the Obama administration.
Dec 5, 2012 2:53PM
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Well, when are you idiots going to get over it?  Your man lost and ours won.  It makes me sick to hear all of the complanning.  If you do like the way it is then leave.  Lets see how long you will last without a goverment or leadership.  Everybody says that he hasn't done anything, well guess what, if he didn't have all of the idiots in congress defeating everything he tries to do then maybe something could get done.  You idiots spent all of this money to defeat him and it didn't work.  How about spending that money and help the man get things done.  If not then go to h--l! 
Dec 5, 2012 2:53PM
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anyone that dont support obamacare is not for the avrage man
Dec 5, 2012 2:53PM
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Obama is the world's most powerful man: he has ruined  a country of 400,000,000 single handedly.
Dec 5, 2012 2:52PM
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Just more msn   brown nosing article..obombya gets the nobel prize for being 7% black
Dec 5, 2012 2:52PM
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