Putin Unseats Obama as 'Most Powerful Person'
Government shutdown, Syria, NSA leaks hurt Obama
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Oct 31, 2013 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin is a man of many hats: prime minister of Russia, president of Russia, former leader of the KGB, and now, the most powerful person in the world. Forbes released its annual list yesterday with Putin at the top, jumping ahead of President Obama, last year’s winner. Also on the list are newcomer Pope Francis at No. 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel at No. 5, UK Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 11, and Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg at No. 24.