PM Narendra Modi among 10 most powerful people in the world

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani also features in the list

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi one of the most powerful people in the world? As per the Forbes list of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People, Modi stands on the 9th spot.

For the fourth year in a row, Russian President Vladimir Putin has topped the list and US President-elect Donald Trump has bagged the second place.

Calling Modi India’s populist Prime Minister, Forbes said he is a hugely popular in a 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. He has also emerged 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,” Forbes said.

While announcing the list, Forbes said, “There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most,” it said.

Modi is not the only Indian on the list. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is also on the 38th spot for launching the 4G phone service Jio in a highly competitive market.

“The $44.7 billion (revenue) Reliance Industries is locked in a legal battle with the government related to the recovery of costs associated with developing a gas field,” it said.