Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote listed 64th most powerful person in the world

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 17.40 PM / Forbes


In the Forbes fifth annual ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People, Russian President Vladimir Putin tops the list, displacing the US President Barack Obama, who was ranked second.


Four factors were taken into account to select the 72 people that matter most from the 7.2 billion people on the planet: how many people they have power over; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world.


Dangote, with an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion as of March 2013, is based in Nigeria and he is the owner of the Dangote Group, which operates in Nigeria and several other countries in Africa.


He is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 43rd richest person in the world and the richest man in Africa.


Top 11 on the list were:

1.    Russian President Vladimir Putin

2.    US President Barack Obama

3.    General Secretary, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping  

4.    Pope Francis

5.    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

6.    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair Bill Gates

7.    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke

8.    Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz  

9.    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi

10. Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke  

11. UK Prime Minister David Cameron


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