Dangote, Putin, Trump Named Among Forbes World’s Most Powerful People 2016


Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has been named among one of 74 most powerful people in the world by US-based Forbes magazine.

Ranked as the 68th most powerful in the world, Dangote was named the second most powerful on the African continent, after only Egyptian President, Abdel el-Sisi, who was adjudged the most powerful in Africa and ranked 44th in the world

Dangote was named as one of the most powerful persons in the world alongside other world leaders such as the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, American President-elect, Donald Trump and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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The Nigerian business mogul has constantly featured on the list since 2013 when he was listed as the only black African so rated by the US-based Forbes magazine on the list of 100 most powerful persons in the world.

Last year, the Africa’s richest man was listed as the 71st most powerful ahead of the American President-elect, Donald Trump.

In the latest edition of its 74 World Most Powerful People rankings released over the weekend, Forbes indicated that the 64-year-old Russian President, Putin was the most powerful in the world, ahead of Trump who was second on the list.

Ms. Merkel was ranked the third most powerful person in the world while outgoing U.S. President, Barack Obama placed 48th on the list.

The Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis was in fifth place; the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, come in seventh; Chinese President Xi Jinping came before the Pope in number four while the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was the 10th most powerful person in the world.

With nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, Forbes ranked these 74 World’s Most Powerful People as persons who make the world turn and whose actions mean the most.

For the rankings, hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe were considered and their power measured along four dimensions.

Firstly, their power over lots of people. Secondly, an assessment of the financial resources controlled by each person compared to their peers. Thirdly, the candidate’s power in multiple spheres and finally, a consideration of the candidates active power use.

Last month, Dangote was also named among the 50 world’s most influential personalities by Bloomberg, the renowned US-based news media wire service with a bias for business and financial news reporting.

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He also recently won the 2016 African Business Leader Award organised by the Africa-America Institute (AAI) in New York in September.