Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ranked ninth on the Forbes List of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People. Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the Top of the list for a fourth straight year and the list had US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.
The magazine said that Modi remains hugely popular in his country of 1.3 billion people. Forbes said Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. The magazine also credits him as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as planetary warming will deeply affect millions of his country’s rural and most vulnerable citizens.
The outgoing US President Obama comes in on the 48th spot of the list. The list also includes Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on the 38th spot and Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella on the 51st spot.