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Power Punch: World`s most powerful people of 2012
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	#1

	Barack Obama

	President, United States

	Age: 51

	Residence: Washington, DC

	Bio: The decisive winner of the 2012 US presidential election on all counts: Obama took the popular vote, the electoral college and seven out of seven toss-up states. Now he gets four more years to push his agenda past weakened congressional Republicans.

	2012 Highlight: In June the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare's "individual mandate"--and a conservative Chief Justice cast the deciding vote.

	Source: Forbes India

    #1 Barack Obama President, United States Age: 51 Residence: Washington, DC Bio: The decisive winner of the 2012 US presidential election on all counts: Obama took the popular vote, the electoral college and seven out of seven toss-up states. Now he gets four more years to push his agenda past weakened congressional Republicans. 2012 Highlight: In June the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare's "individual mandate"--and a conservative Chief Justice cast the deciding vote. Source: Forbes India

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	#2

	Angela Merkel

	Chancellor, Germany

	Age: 58

	Residence: Berlin, Germany

	Bio: The world's most powerful woman is the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders. Merkel's hard-line austerity prescription for easing the European debt crisis has been challenged.

	2012 Highlight: The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize.

	Source: Forbes India

    #2 Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany Age: 58 Residence: Berlin, Germany Bio: The world's most powerful woman is the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders. Merkel's hard-line austerity prescription for easing the European debt crisis has been challenged. 2012 Highlight: The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize. Source: Forbes India

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	#3

	Vladimir Putin

	President, Russia
	 
	Age: 60

	Residence: Moscow, Russia

	Bio: Re-elected for a third 6-year term as president in March after a few years swapping posts with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Putin officially regains the power that no one believes he truly gave up.

	2012 Lowlight: Global condemnation after the March jailing of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.

    #3 Vladimir Putin President, Russia   Age: 60 Residence: Moscow, Russia Bio: Re-elected for a third 6-year term as president in March after a few years swapping posts with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Putin officially regains the power that no one believes he truly gave up. 2012 Lowlight: Global condemnation after the March jailing of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.

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	#4

	Bill Gates

	Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

	Age: 57

	Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made

	Country of Citizenship: United States

	Bio: The world's second-richest man is worth $65 billion?and that's after giving away more than USD28 billion.

	2012 Highlight: Twenty-three more tycoons signed the Giving Pledge this year, bringing the total to 92.

	Source: Forbes India

    #4 Bill Gates Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Age: 57 Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made Country of Citizenship: United States Bio: The world's second-richest man is worth $65 billion?and that's after giving away more than USD28 billion. 2012 Highlight: Twenty-three more tycoons signed the Giving Pledge this year, bringing the total to 92. Source: Forbes India

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	#5

	Pope Benedict XVI

	Pope, Roman Catholic Church

	Age: 85

	Residence: Vatican City, Vatican City State

	Bio: According to the doctrine of Papal Supremacy, the Pope enjoys "supreme, full, immediate, and universal power" over the souls of 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.

	Source: Forbes India

    #5 Pope Benedict XVI Pope, Roman Catholic Church Age: 85 Residence: Vatican City, Vatican City State Bio: According to the doctrine of Papal Supremacy, the Pope enjoys "supreme, full, immediate, and universal power" over the souls of 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. Source: Forbes India

  • 
	#6

	Ben Bernanke

	Chairman, Federal Reserve, United States

	Age: 58

	Residence: Washington, DC

	Bio: In a third round of quantitative easing, the Fed is now snapping up $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed securities and $45 billion of Treasurys.

	2012 Lowlight: Recently admitted the financial crisis may have "reduced the potential growth rate of our economy."

	Source: Forbes India

    #6 Ben Bernanke Chairman, Federal Reserve, United States Age: 58 Residence: Washington, DC Bio: In a third round of quantitative easing, the Fed is now snapping up $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed securities and $45 billion of Treasurys. 2012 Lowlight: Recently admitted the financial crisis may have "reduced the potential growth rate of our economy." Source: Forbes India

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	#7

	Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

	King, Saudi Arabia

	Age: 88

	Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

	Bio: The absolute monarch of the desert kingdom controls 20% of the world's known oil reserves and guards Islam's holiest cities. The Arab Spring couldn't shake al Saud's sovereignty, but out-of-control youth unemployment remains a threat.

	Source: Forbes India

    #7 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud King, Saudi Arabia Age: 88 Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Bio: The absolute monarch of the desert kingdom controls 20% of the world's known oil reserves and guards Islam's holiest cities. The Arab Spring couldn't shake al Saud's sovereignty, but out-of-control youth unemployment remains a threat. Source: Forbes India

  • 
	#8

	Mario Draghi

	President, European Central Bank

	Age: 65

	Residence: Rome, Italy

	Bio: With the euro lurching constantly from crisis to crisis, the European Central Bank is more important than ever. If anyone can wrangle the interests of nations as diverse as Germany and Greece, it might be the man who navigated the minefield of Italian politics so deftly that he earned himself a nickname: "Super Mario."

	Source: Forbes India  

    #8 Mario Draghi President, European Central Bank Age: 65 Residence: Rome, Italy Bio: With the euro lurching constantly from crisis to crisis, the European Central Bank is more important than ever. If anyone can wrangle the interests of nations as diverse as Germany and Greece, it might be the man who navigated the minefield of Italian politics so deftly that he earned himself a nickname: "Super Mario." Source: Forbes India  

  • 
	#9

	Xi Jinping

	General Secretary, Communist Party, China

	Age: 59

	Residence: Beijing, China

	Bio: The man who is likely to lead China for the next decade was recently promoted to the Communist Party's top position; Xi also took over as chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission, putting him in control of the world's largest army.

	Source: Forbes India  

    #9 Xi Jinping General Secretary, Communist Party, China Age: 59 Residence: Beijing, China Bio: The man who is likely to lead China for the next decade was recently promoted to the Communist Party's top position; Xi also took over as chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission, putting him in control of the world's largest army. Source: Forbes India  

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	#10

	David Cameron

	Prime Minister, United Kingdom

	Age: 46

	Residence: London, United Kingdom

	Bio: Two years into office the Tory PM has gone from being called the second coming of Margaret Thatcher to standing in the shadow of Europe's new Iron Lady, Angela Merkel. Cameron has rejected the German Chancellor's call to increase the EU budget and threatened to veto anything but a spending freeze.

	Source: Forbes India

    #10 David Cameron Prime Minister, United Kingdom Age: 46 Residence: London, United Kingdom Bio: Two years into office the Tory PM has gone from being called the second coming of Margaret Thatcher to standing in the shadow of Europe's new Iron Lady, Angela Merkel. Cameron has rejected the German Chancellor's call to increase the EU budget and threatened to veto anything but a spending freeze. Source: Forbes India

  • 
	#12

	Sonia Gandhi

	President, Indian National Congress, India

	Age: 65

	Residence: New Delhi, India

	Bio: As leader of India's ruling political party, Gandhi has the reins of the world's second-most-populous country and tenth-largest economy. Son Rahul is next in line to take over India's most famous political dynasty.

	Source: Forbes India

    #12 Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress, India Age: 65 Residence: New Delhi, India Bio: As leader of India's ruling political party, Gandhi has the reins of the world's second-most-populous country and tenth-largest economy. Son Rahul is next in line to take over India's most famous political dynasty. Source: Forbes India

  • 
	#19

	Manmohan Singh

	Prime Minister, India
	 Age: 80

	Residence: New Delhi, India

	Bio: Oxford- and Cambridge-educated economist is the architect of India's economic reforms, but Singh's quiet intellectualism is increasingly seen as timid and soft.

	Source: Forbes India

    #19 Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, India  Age: 80 Residence: New Delhi, India Bio: Oxford- and Cambridge-educated economist is the architect of India's economic reforms, but Singh's quiet intellectualism is increasingly seen as timid and soft. Source: Forbes India

  • 
	#1

	Barack Obama

	President, United States

	Age: 51

	Residence: Washington, DC

	Bio: The decisive winner of the 2012 US presidential election on all counts: Obama took the popular vote, the electoral college and seven out of seven toss-up states. Now he gets four more years to push his agenda past weakened congressional Republicans.

	2012 Highlight: In June the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare's "individual mandate"--and a conservative Chief Justice cast the deciding vote.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#2

	Angela Merkel

	Chancellor, Germany

	Age: 58

	Residence: Berlin, Germany

	Bio: The world's most powerful woman is the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders. Merkel's hard-line austerity prescription for easing the European debt crisis has been challenged.

	2012 Highlight: The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#3

	Vladimir Putin

	President, Russia
	 
	Age: 60

	Residence: Moscow, Russia

	Bio: Re-elected for a third 6-year term as president in March after a few years swapping posts with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Putin officially regains the power that no one believes he truly gave up.

	2012 Lowlight: Global condemnation after the March jailing of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.
  • 
	#4

	Bill Gates

	Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

	Age: 57

	Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made

	Country of Citizenship: United States

	Bio: The world's second-richest man is worth $65 billion?and that's after giving away more than USD28 billion.

	2012 Highlight: Twenty-three more tycoons signed the Giving Pledge this year, bringing the total to 92.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#5

	Pope Benedict XVI

	Pope, Roman Catholic Church

	Age: 85

	Residence: Vatican City, Vatican City State

	Bio: According to the doctrine of Papal Supremacy, the Pope enjoys "supreme, full, immediate, and universal power" over the souls of 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#6

	Ben Bernanke

	Chairman, Federal Reserve, United States

	Age: 58

	Residence: Washington, DC

	Bio: In a third round of quantitative easing, the Fed is now snapping up $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed securities and $45 billion of Treasurys.

	2012 Lowlight: Recently admitted the financial crisis may have "reduced the potential growth rate of our economy."

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#7

	Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

	King, Saudi Arabia

	Age: 88

	Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

	Bio: The absolute monarch of the desert kingdom controls 20% of the world's known oil reserves and guards Islam's holiest cities. The Arab Spring couldn't shake al Saud's sovereignty, but out-of-control youth unemployment remains a threat.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#8

	Mario Draghi

	President, European Central Bank

	Age: 65

	Residence: Rome, Italy

	Bio: With the euro lurching constantly from crisis to crisis, the European Central Bank is more important than ever. If anyone can wrangle the interests of nations as diverse as Germany and Greece, it might be the man who navigated the minefield of Italian politics so deftly that he earned himself a nickname: "Super Mario."

	Source: Forbes India  
  • 
	#9

	Xi Jinping

	General Secretary, Communist Party, China

	Age: 59

	Residence: Beijing, China

	Bio: The man who is likely to lead China for the next decade was recently promoted to the Communist Party's top position; Xi also took over as chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission, putting him in control of the world's largest army.

	Source: Forbes India  
  • 
	#10

	David Cameron

	Prime Minister, United Kingdom

	Age: 46

	Residence: London, United Kingdom

	Bio: Two years into office the Tory PM has gone from being called the second coming of Margaret Thatcher to standing in the shadow of Europe's new Iron Lady, Angela Merkel. Cameron has rejected the German Chancellor's call to increase the EU budget and threatened to veto anything but a spending freeze.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#12

	Sonia Gandhi

	President, Indian National Congress, India

	Age: 65

	Residence: New Delhi, India

	Bio: As leader of India's ruling political party, Gandhi has the reins of the world's second-most-populous country and tenth-largest economy. Son Rahul is next in line to take over India's most famous political dynasty.

	Source: Forbes India
  • 
	#19

	Manmohan Singh

	Prime Minister, India
	 Age: 80

	Residence: New Delhi, India

	Bio: Oxford- and Cambridge-educated economist is the architect of India's economic reforms, but Singh's quiet intellectualism is increasingly seen as timid and soft.

	Source: Forbes India

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