http://www.forbes.com/powerful-people/list/ View attachment 6502 Russian President Vladimir Putin was ranked as the world's most powerful leader by Forbes after Russia managed to put US threat of an attack on Syria at bay. Russia also gave asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who spilled the bins on US intelligence for the first time. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pepped American President and Barak Obama to get at rank 2. Chinese President Xi Jingping's rank has slumped by two ranks to no. 5. British Prime Minister David Cameroon has again managed to get at no. 8 after slumping to two ranks in 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also improved his rank by 6 to get at no. 9. Pope Francis has improved his rank to no. 4 undoubtedly as most powerful religious leader.