After a busy year spent consolidating power and silencing critics, Chinese President Xi Jinping has managed to inch his way up to number 4 on Forbes annual list of the world’s most powerful people.
Apparently, shaking hands with Olympic darling Fu Yuanhui and being named as China’s “core” leader was enough to move Xi past Pope Francis after the 79-year-old pontiff had managed to pass Xi on last year’s list.
However, it wasn’t enough to pass Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President-elect Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the top of the list.
Merkel’s drinking buddy, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang came in 12th (after also placing 12th last year). Also on the list are Alibaba CEO Jack Ma (28th), Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing (33rd) Chairman & CEO of China Investment Corporation Ding Xuedong (41st), Tencent founder Ma Huateng, Wanda founder Wang Jianlin and Baidu founder Robin Li.
Check out the full list here.
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