Vladimir Putin tops Forbes' list of World's Most Powerful People

November 5, 2014 4:49 PM

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Vladimir Putin tops Forbes' list of World's Most Powerful People

The Russian president bested President Obama, who came in at No. 2 on the list for the second year in a row. Chinese leader Xi Jinping ranked third, while Pope Francis came in at No. 4.

“No one would call Vladimir Putin a good guy,” Forbes staffer Caroline Howard wrote. “In 2014 he strong-armed his way into possession of Crimea and waged an ugly proxy war in neighboring Ukraine, during which an almost certainly Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile downed a civilian jetliner.”

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