Published December 15, 2016 11:20am Updated December 15, 2016 11:36am
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President Rodrigo Duterte has joined the ranks of the World's Most Powerful People, as listed by Forbes Magazine. Published online on December 14, Duterte entered the list at 70th place. The list features 74 personalities—"one person out of every 100 million whose action meant the most." "The former mayor of Davao City was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016 on the strength of a campaign that promised the swift execution of drug users and other criminals, and his war on crime has already resulted in the killing of thousands of people," Forbes wrote.
"In October, Duterte announced a "separation" from a century-long strategic alliance with United States, and plans to realign the Philippines towards China," it added. "Duterte's tendency to say what he thinks, no matter how raw, also keeps him in the headlines: He's referred to US President Barack Obama as a 'son of a whore' and used homophobic slurs to describe political opponents," Duterte's profile stated. Forbes also took note of Vice President Leni Robredo's resignation from Duterte's Cabinet.
Dutere ranks above al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri (71st), Las Vegas Sands' Sheldon Adelson (72nd), Founders Fund's Peter Thiels (73rd), and US Senator Chuck Schumer (74th). Duterte is one of 11 new names on the list. Newcomers also include Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (13th); Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber (64th); Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company (67th); and Mike Pence, Vice President-Elect of the United States (69th). At the top of the list is Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by US President-elect Donald Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in 3rd place, Chinese President Xi Jinping is in 4th, and Pope Francis is in 5th.
Bill Gates (7th) and Mark Zuckerberg (10th) help complete the Top 10. Outgoing US President Barack Obama fell to 48th place. Tesla Motors' Elon Musk (21st), French President Francois Hollande (23rd), Alibaba's Jack Ma (28th), Apple's Tim Cook (32nd), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (37th), North Korea's Kim Jong-un (43rd), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (66th) and Uber's Travis Kalanick (68th) also made the list. "Any ranking of the world's most powerful people is going to be subjective, so we don't pretend ours is definitive. It's meant to be the beginning of a conversation, not the final word," Forbes disclaimed.