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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Last updated on: December 6, 2012 15:06 IST

Image: Mukesh Ambani.
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Forbes magazine has announced the list of the world's 71 most powerful people.

Two Indians from the world of business feature in that list.

We present here a list of the world's 36 most powerful business people.

1. Mukesh Ambani
Rank 37

India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is the chairman and managing director of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries.

The company was ranked 99 in Fortune Global 500 and is India's most valuable company by market value and second-largest Indian company by turnover.

Ambani remains the largest individual shareholder, with 44.7 per cent stake in RIL.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: L N Mittal.
Photographs: Reuters

2. L N Mittal
Rank 47

Mittal is the Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal.

The steel tycoon is worried at the moment because of S&P and Moody downgrading his company's debt to junk status.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Photographs: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

3. Bill Gates
Rank 4

Gates is the Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked among the world's richest people.

He was the world's richest man from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks to the Economic Club of New York in New York.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

4. Ben Bernanke
Rank 6

Bernanke is the Chairman, Federal Reserve, United States.

During his tenure as chairman, Bernanke has overseen the response of the Federal Reserve to late-2000s financial crisis.

Bernanke was a professor at Princeton University and was chair of the Department of Economics there from 1996 to September 2002.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

5. Mario Draghi
Rank 8

Draghi is the President, European Central Bank.

An Italian banker and economist, he succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet as President of the European Central Bank on 1 November 2011.

He was previously the governor of the Bank of Italy from January 2006 till October 2011.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Businessman Carlos Slim Helu accepts a 'Leadership In Philanthropy
Photographs: Andrew Burton/Reuters

6. Carlos Slim Helu & Family
Rank 11

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican business tycoon.

He is the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies Telmex and America Movil and has extensive holdings in other Mexican companies through his  conglomerate, Grupo Carso SAB.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
Photographs: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

7. Warren Buffett
Rank 15

One of the most successful investors in the world, Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

He is the chairman and CEO of  Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world's richest people.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Michael T. Duke, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

8. Michael Duke
Rank 17

Michael Terry Duke is an American businessman, and currently the fourth chief executive officer of Wal-Mart.

Duke joined Wal-Mart in 1995, and most recently served as the executive in charge of the company's international operations. He became the CEO of Wal-Mart in February 2009.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Google co-founder Sergey Brin walks the runway.
Photographs: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

9. Sergey Brin
Rank 20

Sergey Brin co-founded internet giant Google in September 1998.

At present, he is the director Of Special Projects, Google.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Google CEO Larry Page.
Photographs: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

10. Larry Page
Rank 20

Larry Page co-founded internet giant Google in September 1998.

He is at present the CEO of Google.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Exxon Mobil CEO and Chairman Rex Tillerson.
Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

11. Rex Tillerson
Rank 22

He is the CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Exxon Mobil recorded $41.1 billion in profits last year.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric.
Photographs: Keith Bedford/Reuters

12. Jeffrey Immelt
Rank 24

Jeffrey Immelt is the CEO, General Electric.

A second-generation GE employee, Immelt also serves as head of the President's Council on Jobs & Competitiveness.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Mark Zuckerberg.
Photographs: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

13. Mark Zuckerberg
Rank 25

He is the Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook.

Facebook's IPO this year was a disaster, and its stock remains far below the original $38 a share.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

14. Rupert Murdoch
Rank 26

He is the Chairman and CEO, News Corp.

Despite the phone hacking scandal, Murdoch's company came through 2012 with a sharp rise in ­profits.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Amazon.com Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos.
Photographs: Richard Brian/Reuters

15. Jeff Bezos
Rank 27

Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994.

Amazon made him one of the most prominent dot-com entrepreneurs and a billionaire.

In 2004, he founded a human spaceflight startup company called Blue Origin.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon.
Photographs: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

16. Jamie Dimon
Rank 34

Dimon is the CEO, JPMorgan Chase.

Dimon was named to Time magazine's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 lists of the world's 100 most influential people.

He was also named to Institutional Investor's Best CEOs list in the All-America Executive Team Survey from 2008 through 2011.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: A file photo of Apple CEO Timothy Cook speaking during Verizon's iPhone 4 launch in New York.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

17. Timothy Cook
Rank 35

Timothy Cook is the CEO, Apple.

A year after he succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO, Apple stocks hit alltime high in September.

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Image: Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.
Photographs: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

18. Lloyd Blankfein
Rank 36

He is the CEO, Goldman Sachs Group.

The investment bank saw a rare quarterly loss.

However, in 2012, its profits are expected to exceed $4 billion.

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Image: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

19. Christine Lagarde
Rank 38

Christine Madeleine Odette is a French lawyer.

She has been the managing director of the International Monetary Fund since July 5, 2011.

Earlier, she held various ministerial posts in the French government. Lagarde was the first woman ever to become minister of Economic Affairs of a G8 economy and is the first woman to ever head the IMF.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Lou Jiwei, Chairman and CEO of China Investment Corporation.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

20. Lou Jiwei
Rank 39

He is the Chairman, China Investment Corporation, China.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Masaaki Shirakawa.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

21. Masaaki Shirakawa
Rank 40

He is the Governor, Bank of Japan.

He announced this fall that he'll inject an additional $128 billion into the monetary system.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Charles Koch; David Koch.
Photographs: Courtesy, prwatch.org

22. Charles Koch
Rank 41

He is the CEO, Koch Industries, Inc.

23. David Koch
Rank 41

He is the Executive Vice President, Koch Industries, Inc.

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Image: Blackrock CEO Larry Fink.
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters
24. Larry Fink
Rank 42

He is the Cofounder, CEO, BlackRock.

Fink's decisions impact the retirement savings of millions of workers.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda.
Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

25. Akio Toyoda
Rank 43

He is the CEO, Toyota Motor.

He is also the grandson of Toyota ­Motor's founder.

The company is now the world's top automaker, with $228 billion in revenues.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim attends a news conference as part of the G20 meeting in Mexico City.
Photographs: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

26. Jim Yong Kim
Rank 45

He is the President, World Bank.

On March 23 US President Barack Obama announced that the United States would nominate Kim as the next president of the World Bank to replace Robert Zoellick.

On April 16, Kim was elected to head the World Bank and took office on July 1.

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Image: Steve Ballmer.
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters

27. Steve Ballmer
Rank 46

He is the CEO, Microsoft.

As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated at $15.7 billion.

28. Bill Gross
Rank 51

He is the cofounder and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Pacific Investment Management Company LLC.

Gross manages the world's largest mutual fund, Pimco's ­Total Return, which has more than $260 billion in assets.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Softbank Corp President Masayoshi Son.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

29. Masayoshi Son
Rank 53

He is the CEO, Softbank.

He is the second-richest man in Japan.

30. Terry Gou
Rank 55

He is the CEO, Hon Hai Precision.

Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- manufactures gadgets like iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Xbox, PlayStation and Wii.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: LVMH Chief Executive Bernard Arnault.
Photographs: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

31. Bernard Arnault
Rank 56

He is the Chairman and CEO, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

This year LVMH bought a stake in Chinese casual-wear company Trendy International Group.

32. Rostam Ghasemi
Rank 57

He is the President, OPEC.

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2 Indian CEOs among world's most powerful people

Image: Robin Li, founder and chief executive of Baidu.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters

33. Robin Li
Rank 64

He is the founder and CEO, Baidu.

Li is the man behind China's largest search engine.

34. Elon Musk
Rank 66

He is the Founder, CEO, SpaceX.

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Image: Alexey Miller.
Photographs: Courtesy, gazprom.com

35. Alexey Miller
Rank 70

He is the CEO, Gazprom.

He runs Russia's largest company and world's biggest natural gas producer.

36. Reid Hoffman
Rank 71

He is the Chairman, LinkedIn Corp.

He is the world's most powerful venture capitalist.