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Forbes: Bill Gates is World's Fourth Most Powerful Person

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Google founders ranked as 20th, while Facebook creator settles for 25th spot.

Forbes has released its list of the world's most powerful figures in both wealth and influence, with Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates being named fourth on the list.

Gates, who increased his position from fifth last year, has a net worth of $65 billion even after donating more than $28 billion towards a variety of charitable causes.

As co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the influential industry figure has been aiming to remove a number of diseases. Gates estimates that the foundation's efforts could ultimately help save as many as 8 billion lives by 2020.

He's also been urging his wealthy peers join the foundation's "Giving Pledge", which sees individuals and families in the U.S. donating the majority of their wealth toward philanthropy. Thus far, a total of 91 have joined the pledge, with 23 contributors joining this year.

Pope Benedict XVI took the fifth spot, while the three top places on the Forbes list went to heads of states. U.S. President Barack Obama came in at first, followed by Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in second and Russia president Vladimir Putin at third.

As for technology figures in the list, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page both shared the No. 20 spot among the most powerful people. Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg followed by taking the 25th spot, while other tech moguls on the list included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at No. 27, Apple CEO Tim Cook at No. 35, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at No. 46, and LinkedIn chairman Reid Hoffman at No. 71.

The richest individual on the planet remains Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, who is ranked 11th on the list. He made his vast fortune through telecom and has a personal net worth of $72 billion. He's contributed billions in past years to philanthropic causes.

Hon Hai Precision CEO Terry Gou was ranked No. 55. The company, otherwise known as Foxconn, manufacturers tech devices including the iPhone, iPad, Kindle and the Xbox 360. However, it's been criticized for its unsafe labor conditions within its factories, as well as hiring underage workers/interns. At number 64 on the list is Robin Li, the founder and CEO of Baidu, China's biggest search engine.

 

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    chewy1963 , December 6, 2012 8:56 PM
    Bill Gates is more powerful than the pope! What is this world coming to? In the bible it does say "The meek shall inherit the world", I think they didn't have their spell check on and it should have read "The geek shall inherit the world". :lol: 
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    Prey , December 6, 2012 9:52 PM
    esreverwhy the chancellor of germany?

    I'm going to guess since the Euro zone isn't doing great, and Germany has a fair amount of say with the ECB which has propped countries like Greece, Spain, Ireland and Italy.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 6, 2012 9:25 PM
    Whichever person has the most influence in the Communist Party of China I would say ranks higher than Bill Gates.
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    chewy1963 , December 6, 2012 8:56 PM
    Bill Gates is more powerful than the pope! What is this world coming to? In the bible it does say "The meek shall inherit the world", I think they didn't have their spell check on and it should have read "The geek shall inherit the world". :lol: 
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    wemakeourfuture , December 6, 2012 9:25 PM
    Whichever person has the most influence in the Communist Party of China I would say ranks higher than Bill Gates.
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    esrever , December 6, 2012 9:35 PM
    why the chancellor of germany?
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    Prey , December 6, 2012 9:52 PM
    esreverwhy the chancellor of germany?

    I'm going to guess since the Euro zone isn't doing great, and Germany has a fair amount of say with the ECB which has propped countries like Greece, Spain, Ireland and Italy.
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    tokencode , December 6, 2012 9:56 PM
    esreverwhy the chancellor of germany?

    Because her decisions impact the whole of Europe due to the financial crisis.
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    Stevemeister , December 6, 2012 10:04 PM
    If anyone has ever watched the kids movie "Despicable Me" the character called "Vector" in that movie looks like a caricature of Bill Gates - I always laugh when I see Bill Gates as I associate him with Vector - worth looking up on u-tube if you want a laugh.
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    Stevemeister , December 6, 2012 10:07 PM
    For a laugh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5BszQSTuoI
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    Dangi , December 6, 2012 10:09 PM
    esreverwhy the chancellor of germany?

    Because Merkel is the one ruling the EU, she has the money and the means to impose hers politics on almost every european country
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    tomfreak , December 6, 2012 10:11 PM
    chewy1963Bill Gates is more powerful than the pope! What is this world coming to? In the bible it does say "The meek shall inherit the world", I think they didn't have their spell check on and it should have read "The geek shall inherit the world".
    Bill can force Micosoft to issue a broken patch to shut down 90% of the computers in the world that includes pirates that use Microsoft updates, pope cant get anywhere near that power.
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    gm0n3y , December 6, 2012 10:30 PM
    I'd like to see Gates donate more of his money towards birth control, condoms, abortions, etc. I'm not trying to make a political point, I'm just stating that the best way to help the human race is to try and stop population growth. Feeding / curing 8 billion people is just going to put further strain on our planet and our resources / food supply. I always tell people that it's better for the environment to live a life of excess than to have a child.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 6, 2012 10:50 PM
    BS I could kick his azz :) 

    Depends on your definition of powerfull
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    madjimms , December 6, 2012 11:32 PM
    TomfreakBill can force Micosoft to issue a broken patch to shut down 90% of the computers in the world that includes pirates that use Microsoft updates, pope cant get anywhere near that power.

    Nobody can FORCE a patch.... I have automatic updates turned off.
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    tomfreak , December 6, 2012 11:49 PM
    madjimmsNobody can FORCE a patch.... I have automatic updates turned off.
    yeah but not when the majority casual people has those automatic updates turn on by default.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 7, 2012 1:36 AM
    LOL Bill Gates is more powerful than The Pope? +1 for Science and Technology over Creationism.
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    Gundam288 , December 7, 2012 3:01 AM
    IMHO, Putin should have been number 2 given that Russia and the US have a LOT of nukes.
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    Bluescreendeath , December 7, 2012 3:07 AM
    @wemakeourfuture,
    The Chinese government is an party-oligarchy that rules by consensus through the 7-9 member Poltiburo Standing Committee. It's specifically designed so that a single politburo leader will not have much more power than another politburo leader. That's why Bill Gates has way more power than individual Chinese leaders.
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    hakesterman , December 7, 2012 3:32 AM
    He's the Fourth Richest person in the World, not the 4th Powerful person. He has no power over me or our Country. He's just an Ugly man with a Nice Suit and a Fat Wallet...........
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