Putin Second To 'Nobody' On 'World's Most Powerful' List; Obama Ranks Fifth

January 4, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Vladimir Putin is second to "Nobody" on the world's most powerful people list, according to international think-tank, Eurasia Group.

The list ranks individuals "ability to (singlehandedly) bring about change that significantly affects the lives and fortunes of large numbers of people."

Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains that the top spot was given to "Nobody" because the modern world currently has no clear leader.

"Everyone is waiting for someone else to shoulder responsibility for the world's toughest and most dangerous challenges," wrote Bremmer.

Second to "Nobody" is Russian president Vladimir Putin, who, in Russia's "personalized system...is still the person who counts."

Bremmer writes of Putin: "He isn't as popular as he used to be, and his country has no Soviet-scale clout or influence, but no one on the planet has consolidated more domestic and regional power than Putin."

Pres. Barack Obama ranks fifth, behind even his own Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Here's the full list:

1. Nobody
2. Vladimir Putin
3. Ben Bernanke
4. Angela Merkel
5. Barack Obama
6. Mario Draghi
7. Xi Jinping
8 (tie). Ayatollah Khamenei
8 (tie). Christine Lagarde
10. King Abdullah Bin Abd al-Aziz