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Mexican drug leader and three other Latin Americans make ‘Forbes’ most powerful

Mexican drug leader and three other Latin Americans make ‘Forbes’ most powerful

Joaquin Guzman Loera aka El Chapo, is the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and Mexico’s most wanted man.

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At a glance, Dilma Rousseff, Carlos Slim, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and Sebastián Piñera may not seem like they have many things in common, but one thing that unifies them is that the four of them are the only Latin Americans who made it on to Forbes’ 70 world’s most powerful people list.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, #22, occupies the highest ranking of the four, followed by Mexican millionaire Carlos Slim, #23. Mexican drug dealer Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman occupies the 55th spot and Chilean president Sebastian Piñera the 66th.

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, whose stepfather is Cuban, is ranked 40th byForbes.

According to Forbes, the ranking takes into account four factors: 1) how many people a person has power over; 2) the financial resources controlled by each person whether that is revenue (for a company), GDP (for a country), or net worth (for a billionaire); 3) how influential the person is; and 4) how actively the person wields his or her power. 

The world’s most powerful man on this year’s list is President Barack Obama. Coming in second is Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, while third place went to the president of China Hu Jintao.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the world’s largest charity, chairman of Microsoft, and America’s richest man, was ranked 5th by Forbes.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, #9, is the youngest person on the list at age 27. 

Ten individuals that were on Forbes’ 2010 list failed to make the cut this year, including Oprah Winfrey, and the controversy-riddled French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. 

According to Forbes, others “departed in a more definitive way, including Apple cofounder Steve Jobs (Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011) and Osama bin Laden (Mar. 10, 1947 – May 2, 2011).”

 

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