Top 7 Most Powerful People in the World in 2010

We already made post for the Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 and Top 7 Celebrities in 2010, but sometimes being rich and known is not enough to be powerful. Taking this into consideration, you may believe that Barack Obama would be the most powerful person in the world in 2010, but you’ve better check the Top 7 Most Powerful People in 2010:

1.Hu Jintao

Age: 68

Title: President

Organization: People’s Republic of China

Residence: Beijing, China

Country of citizenship: China

Marital Status: Married

Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world’s population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts. Recently surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world’s largest economy in 25 years–although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis. Creditor nation oversees world’s largest reserves at $2.65 trillion–$1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. Refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world’s largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.

2.Barack Obama

Age: 49

Title: President

Organization: United States of America

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Obama’s Democrats suffered a mighty blow in U.S. midterm elections, with the president decisively losing support of the House of Representatives, and barely holding onto the Senate. It’s quite a come-down for last year’s most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two. He can take comfort in the fact that he remains commander-in-chief of world’s largest, deadliest military, leader of world’s largest (in spending) and most dynamic economy and holds the unofficial title of “Leader of the Free World.”

3. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

Age: 86

Title: King

Organization: Saudi Arabia

Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Marital Status: Married

Absolute ruler of desert kingdom that contains the world’s largest crude oil reserves, two holiest sites in Islam. State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco has reserves of 266 billion barrels, or one-fifth of planet’s known supply (worth $22 trillion at today’s oil prices). Pushing for gradual social and legal reforms, while maintaining good relations with deeply conservative religious establishment. Ultimate succession unclear: 86-year-old king’s official heir is 82-year-old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Established committee of senior princes to ensure smooth transition in the event both become incapacitated.

4. Vladimir Putin

Age: 58

Title: Prime Minister

Organization: Russia

Residence: Moscow, Russia

Country of citizenship: Russia

Marital Status: Married

Prime Minister still more powerful than his handpicked head-of-state, President Dmitry Medvedev. Former KGB officer will likely replace protégé in 2012. In the meantime, has final say over one-ninth of Earth’s land area, vast energy and mineral resources. Declared nuclear power has veto on U.N.’s Security Council. Russian government agency reported to have already registered web address Putin-2012.rf. On running again: “The president of the United States, Roosevelt, was elected four times in a row because it did not contradict the American Constitution” (September 201o).

5. Pope Benedict XVI

Age: 83

Title: Pope

Organization: Roman Catholic Church

Residence: Vatican City

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Single

Highest earthly authority for 1.1 billion souls, or one-sixth of world’s population. Staunch traditionalist deplores secularism, consumerism and moral relativism, unbending on birth control, gay marriage and ordination of female priests. Despite major gaffes (including lifting the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying Bishop and quoting a 14th-century source that declared the only new things the prophet Mohammed brought were “evil and inhuman”), appears genuinely interested in healing old wounds. In September, not only became the first Pope to visit Westminster Abbey since the Protestant Reformation, but also shook hands with a clergywoman (another first). Widening sexual abuse scandal could undermine moral authority, but increasingly willing to tackle issue head on: “Forgiveness does not substitute for justice.” Stylish: Has brought back traditional red, custom-made “pope shoes” and old-school Ecclesiastical headgear.

6. Angela Merkel

Age: 56

Title: Chancellor

Organization: Germany

Residence: Berlin, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Married

Most powerful woman on the planet. Chancellor of Germany oversees Europe’s largest economy. Renowned free-market champion and favorite of big business, boasts nine public companies with annual sales in excess of $70 billion. In all, there are 57 German companies on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies, with aggregate sales of $1.7 trillion.

7. David Cameron

Age: 44

Title: Prime Minister

Organization: United Kingdom

Residence: London, United Kingdom

Country of citizenship: United Kingdom

Marital Status: Married

Youngest British prime minister in 198 years is product of privilege: Eton, Brasenose College, Oxford; is descended (illegitimately) from King William IV. Hailed by some as the second coming of Margaret Thatcher, Cameron shares the Iron Lady’s determination to slash government expenditures (defense, higher education), but as the leader of a coalition government he can ill-afford to repeat her brash divisiveness.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Celebrities in 2010

Last year was really crazy for Lady Gaga, certainly one of the most controversial artists to date. Nevertheless, she is not yet the Most Powerful Celebrity in 2010. Oprah Winfrey takes back her crown while pop chart phenomenon catapults to No. 4 on this year’s ranking of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses and musicians. Let’s find out who are the other ones who made the Top 7 List for Most Powerful Celebrities in 2010:

1. Oprah Winfrey

2009 Rank: 2

Power Rank: 1

Pay:  $315 million

Category: Personalities

Pay Rank: 1

Web Rank: 5

Press Rank: 5

TV / Radio Rank: 1

Social Rank: 11

News that this coming season of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be her last helped the self-made billionaire garner more media attention than any other member of the Celebrity 100. Her Harpo production company, which spawned the careers of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz, will introduce interior designer Nate Berkus this fall. Months later, the list’s top-earner will add the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications to her media empire.

2. Beyoncé Knowles

2009 Rank: 4

Power Rank: 2

Pay: $87 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 11

Web Rank: 2

Press Rank: 13

TV / Radio Rank: 9

Social Rank: 15

One half of the most famous couple in hip-hop, Beyoncé continues to expand her business empire beyond music. Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L’Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year on top of the $86 million she grossed from a 93-stop world tour.

3. James Cameron

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 3

Pay: $210 million

Category: Directors / Producers

Pay Rank: 2

Web Rank: 20

Press Rank: 9

TV / Radio Rank: 21

Social Rank: 81

As the director of the highest grossing film of all time, Cameron is definitely “king of the world.” Avatar has earned $2.7 billion at the box office alone and has changed the way Hollywood makes films. In the near future almost every studio blockbuster will be released in 3-D. Cameron is already at work on Avatar 2.

4. Lady Gaga

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 4

Pay: $62 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 22

Web Rank: 1

Press Rank: 4

TV / Radio Rank: 13

Social Rank: 1

A newcomer to the Celebrity 100, Lady Gaga broke down the door to fame with outlandish outfits and quirky videos, including one that featured her and Beyoncé poisoning an unappreciative boyfriend. Bringing in an estimated $31 million with a 106-date tour that grossed $95 million, Lady Gaga is also a marketer’s dream, teaming up with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and Viva Glam.

5. Tiger Woods

2009 Rank: 5

Power Rank: 5

Pay: $105 million

Category: Athletes

Pay Rank: 7

Web Rank: 35

Press Rank: 6

TV / Radio Rank: 7

Social Rank: 34

Tiger Woods’ fall from global sports icon to tabloid fodder was stunning. He saw Accenture, AT&T and Pepsi drop him as a pitchman, but he remains the highest-paid athlete in the world thanks to huge deals with Nike, Electronic Arts and Upper Deck. Nike built a $650 million (sales) golf business from scratch on Woods’ back. His fledgling golf course design business has been hurt by the economic downturn, as all three courses he’s worked on have experienced major delays.

6. Britney Spears

2009 Rank: 13

Power Rank 6

Pay: $64 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 20

Web Rank: 3

Press Rank: 24

TV / Radio Rank: 15

Social Rank: 2

Not long ago, most of the entertainment world had written Britney Spears off as a celebrity flameout. But over the last year Spears logged the fifth highest-grossing tour in the world, bringing in $130 million in gross box office receipts by playing 98 dates. High-profile endorsement deals with Elizabeth Arden and Candies’ prove that the public expects Spears to stay in the spotlight for good.

7. U2

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 7

Pay: $130.0 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 3

Web Rank: 11

Press Rank: 18

TV / Radio Rank: 54

Social Rank: 28

The world’s biggest rock band, U2 launched a massive world tour in 2009 that has brought in more than $311 million in gross box office receipts. Each tour stop brings in $10 million in gross ticket sales. Add in lucrative merchandise sales, heavy radio play and a steady-selling back catalog, and you have the highest-earning band on the planet.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Americans Billionaires in the Making

This week I published a post for the Top 7 American Billionaires in 2010. But in this changing world, this list may be very different for 2011, so I believe it would be interesting to know who would be the next billionaires in America?

1. Sean Parker

Source of wealth: Facebook

Estimated net worth: $920 million

Cofounder of Napster and Plaxo, Parker was the Silicon Valley veteran who joined Facebook in 2004 as its founding president and helped it navigate initial funding. He left in 2005 for venture capital but still has a 4% stake. Justin Timberlake plays Parker in the film The Social Network.

2. Mark Pincus

Source of wealth: Zynga

Estimated net worth: $850 million

Love-him-or-hate-him leader of Internet’s most popular gaming site, Zynga, named for his late bulldog. Pincus’ fourth startup, it grosses some $500 million from virtual goods and promotions with 7-Eleven, Target, MTV. “FarmVille,” “FrontierVille” and “Zynga Poker” are its most popular games.

3. Jerry Bruckheimer

Source of wealth: Movies, TV

Estimated net worth: $850 million

The Hollywood producer’s blockbuster franchises, like Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure, have generated $9 billion at the global box office, with more to come. TV hits include the CSI franchise, Without a Trace and Amazing Race.

4. Jerry Seinfeld

Source of wealth: Television

Estimated net worth: $800 million

His TV show about nothing has earned $2.7 billion in 12 years and could take in $200 million more a year, thanks to syndication payments. Seinfeld has spent some of his portion buying up New York real estate and has a four-car garage (in Manhattan!) for his fleet of vintage motors. The cash-rich star may need another hit: The Marriage Ref wasn’t it.

5. Eric Lefkofsky

Source of wealth: Groupon

Estimated net worth: $750 million

Chicago investor is cofounder and 30% owner of the fastest-growing company ever, Web phenom Groupon, which updates its online audience about deep discounts on products and services. His venture fund, Lightbank, has stakes in 11 companies, including two now public ones: Innerworkings and Echo Global Logistics. As for being outed as an almost-billionaire: “It’s a good thing and a bad thing.”

6. William Ackman

Source of wealth: Hedge Fund

Estimated net worth: $700 million

Ackman may get control of Manhattan’s giant apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. His Pershing Square Capital Management, with a partner, picked up $300 million of its junior debt and launched a foreclosure proceeding, but they may get beaten out by more senior creditors. A judge is set to rule soon. Whatever happens, the hedge fund tycoon has raised his profile.

7. Dennis Gillings

Source of wealth: Quintiles

Estimated net worth: $700 million

Gillings founded privately held Quintiles, to which the drug industry outsources clinical trials. With $2.8 billion in annual revenue, it is the largest and most influential company in its field.

Source: Forbes

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Top 7 American Billionaires in 2010

As part of a long tradition tradition Forbes magazine, in their Forbes 400 Lists, published at the end of last year the list for the richest people in America, and some of them appear in our Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 post. For 2010, the Top 7 Richest Americans are:

1. Bill Gates

Net worth: $54 billion

Age: 55

Title: Co-Chair

Organization: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Residence: Medina, WA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

2. Warren Buffett

Net worth $45 billion

Age: 80

Title: CEO

Organization: Berkshire Hathaway

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Residence: Omaha, NE

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: MS, Columbia University; BA/BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Marital Status: Widowed, Remarried

Children: 3

3. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $27 billion

Age: 66

Source: Oracle, self-made

Residence: Woodside, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, University of Chicago; Dropout, University of Illinois at Urbana

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

4. Christy Walton

Net worth: $24 billion

Age: 56

Source: Walmart, inherited

Residence: Jackson, WY

Country of citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Widow

Children: 1

5. Charles Koch (tie)

Net worth: $21.5 billion

Age: 75

Title: CEO

Organization: Koch Industries

Source: manufacturing, energy, inherited and growing

Residence: Wichita, KS

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

5. David Koch (tie)

Net worth: $21.5 billion

Age: 70

Title: Executive Vice President

Organization: Koch Industries

Source: manufacturing, energy, inherited and growing

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

7. Jim Walton

Net worth: $20.1 billion

Age: 63

Source: Walmart, inherited

Residence: Bentonville, AR

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, University of Arkansas

Marital Status: Married

Children: 4

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Highest Paid Football Players in 2010

As we mentioned in our post of January 16, 2011 of the Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade, last week FIFA, along with Ballon D’Or, had their annual “European Footballer of the Year” ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, won by Leonel Messi. Having won this prize for two times in a row and being a very important player (if not the most important) of a very successful team like FC Barcelona, would have made us believe that Leonel is the highest paid footballer now but, he is not! This prize belongs to someone else. Let’s check the Top 7 highest paid footballer, according to their salary in 2010:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Salary: €12 million

Team: Real Madrid

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: February 5, 1985

2. Wayne Rooney

Salary: €11.5 million

Team: Manchester United

Country: England

Date of birth: October 24, 1985

3. Lionel Messi

Salary: €11 million

Team: FC Barcelona

Country: Argentina

Date of birth: June 24, 1987

4. Yaya Toure’

Salary: €10.8 million

Team: Manchester City

Country: Ivory Coast

Date of birth: May 13, 1983

5. Samuel Eto’o

Salary: €10.5 million

Team: Internazionale

Country: Cameroon

Date of birth: March 10, 1981

6. Bastian Schweinsteiger

Salary: €9.7 million

Team: Bayern Munich

Country: Germany

Date of birth: August 1, 1984

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Salary: €9 million

Team: Milan

Country: Sweden

Date of birth: October 3, 1981

Source: Footballpress
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Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade

At the beginning of this week FIFA, along with Ballon D’Or, had their annual “European Footballer of the Year” ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, an again (as in 2009) this award went to Leonel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona). But this time there was something new:  for the first time they gave the award for the best coach in 2010, and this prize went to Jose Mourinho, after leading Inter Milan to the European Champions League title, beating Vicente del Bosque of World Cup champion Spain and Pep Guardiola of Spanish champion Barcelona in the inaugural prize.

This event would made us believe that Mourinho, after all the trophies he already has in only ten years, would be consider Coach of the Decade but, according to the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics), this prize belongs to someone else. Lets check who is in the Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade:

1. Arsène Wenger

Points: 156

Country: France

Date of birth: October 22, 1949

Club: Arsenal

2. Sir Alex Ferguson

Points: 148

Country: UK

Date of birth: December 31, 1941

Club: Manchester United

3. José Mourinho

Points: 135

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: January 26, 1963

Club: FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid

4. Fabio Capello

Points: 120

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 18, 1946

Club / Country: Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid / England

5. Guus Hiddink

Points: 112

Country: Nederland

Date of birth: November 8, 1946

Club / Country: Real Betis, Chelsea / South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey

6. Carlo Anceloti

Points: 108

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 10, 1959

Club: Milan, Chelsea

7. Luiz Felipe Scolari (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Brazil

Date of birth: November 9, 1948

Club / Country: Chelsea, Bunyodkor, Palmeiras / Brazil, Portugal

7. Marcelo Alberto Bielsa (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Argentina

Date of birth: July 21, 1955

Country: Argentina, Chile

Since this post refers only to the last decade, I’m only including in “Club / Country” only the Clubs and/or Countries teams these gentlemen worked with in the last ten years.

Source: IFFHS
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