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Sonia, Manmohan among top five most influential Asians

Last updated on: April 22, 2013 09:26 IST

Sonia, Manmohan among top five most influential Asians

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and All India Congress Committee Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been named among top 5 in the world's 100 most influential list of Asians topped by China's new President Xi Jinping.

"She is the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, who rule the Lok Sabha, the Indian lower political house and also the most powerful, with the ability to instigate a vote of no-confidence in the Upper House, removing them from office," said 'The Asian Awards Top 100' in reference to Gandhi

She came in as the second most influential on the list followed by Chinese Premier Le Keqiang released as part of the annual Asian Awards held in London on Tuesday.

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Image: UPA President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh


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Rahul Gandhi in 5th position for being tipped as next PM

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Prime Minister Singh was ranked No 4 for having "1.2 billion subjects under his rule and a GDP of nearly USD 2 trillion."

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi placed at 5th position for being "tipped as the country's next prime minister".

"Countless hours of research and deliberation went into creating this list and I am confident it will become a definitive guide of measuring influence among those of Asian origin. The aim of the list is simple, to showcase the most influential Asian people in the world today, said Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards and its associated influential list.

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Indian entries dominate the top 100

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The list was topped by Chinese President Xi, who is also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China.

"Wealth and political influence ranked highly amongst the categories," said Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards and its associated influential list, which was topped by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

Among the other key Indians to make the grade included Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani for owning "India's most valuable company", in ninth place, followed by President Pranab Mukherjee at 19th place and steel magnate Lakshmi N Mittal at 20th position.

Indian entries dominated the Top 100 with 39 names, followed by 15 from China and six from the Philippines.

Politics and business proved the most widely represented fields.




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