Africa’s richest man and the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, was at the weekend named along other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, American President-elect, Donald Trump and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the most powerful persons in the world in 2016.
These personalities were ranked along with 70 others by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful people with Dangote ranked as the second most powerful in the African continent.
The Nigerian foremost entrepreneur has constantly featured in the list since 2013, when he was listed as the only black African among 100 most powerful persons on the planet.
Occupying the number 71st position on the list of most powerful persons last year ahead of the American President-elect, Dangote, moved up the ladder of influential people to come in as the 68th most powerful in the world, after only Egyptian President, Abdel el-Sisi, who was adjudged the most powerful in Africa and ranked 44th in the world.
Forbes, in the latest edition of its 74 World Most Powerful People released at the weekend, listed the 64-year-old Putin as the most powerful in the world, ahead of Trump.
While Merkel was ranked as the third most powerful person in the world, out-going American President, Barack Obama, placed 48th on the list.
The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, is the fifth most powerful person, while the world’s richest person, Bill Gates, comes seventh. Chinese President, Xi Jinping comes before the Pope in number four, while the Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is the number 10 most powerful person in the world.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), came into the list in the 57th spot.
The influential people were chosen based on four dimensions: power over people, active use of power, financial resources available to the person, and presence in multiple spheres of life.