Sonia beats Manmohan in world's powerful list

Sonia and PM Manmohan Singh were ranked 12th and 19th, respectively, on the Forbes list. US President Barack Obama retains his top position.

Strong: Sonia Gandhi was ranked 12 in the list of most powerful people. File pic

Sonia Gandhi (65) who was ranked sixth on Forbes list of Power Women, ‘has the reins of the world’s second-most-populous country and tenth-largest economy’, the US business magazine said.

“Son Rahul is next in line to take over India’s most famous political dynasty,” it suggested.

Listing Manmohan Singh 19th on the power list, Forbes said, “The 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.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel moves up to number two from fourth place last year, followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at three, Bill Gates comes in fourth and Pope Benedict XVI is at fifth position.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of the Top 10 to 25.

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