Modi ranks 15th on Forbes Power List, Putin tops, Sonia Out


New Delhi, Nov 06: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his debut among the World's most powerful people, being ranked 15th on the Forbes list topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not find a place in the list.

On PM Modi, Forbes said, "India's newest rock star does not hail from Bollywood. He is the newly elected Prime Minister who sailed into office in May with a landslide victory, ushering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power after decades of control by the Gandhi dynasty."

"Modi is credited with massive reconstruction projects in his home state of Gujarat. His administration promises to bring economic rejuvenation to other beleaguered parts of India. The world is as impressed as the citizens of India: So far he has toured the US and China and met with his Southeast Asian neighbours," the magazine reported.

However, Forbes described him as a "Hindu nationalist" and referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The list of 72 most powerful people in the world also included the names of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani at 36th, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th place.

However, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21, her name was omitted this year.
This year, there are 12 newcomers on the list, including PM Modi and Egypt President Abdel el-Sisi.Alibiba founder and China's richest man - Jack Ma - made a first appearance after his record-breaking $25 billion initial public offering in September, as did terror group Islamic State's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The next Indian after PM Modi on the list is Ambani at 36th.

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