There were some huge movements in this year’s Forbes Most Powerful People, with the Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin dropping from their joint-fifth spot last year, to 22nd and 23rd respectively. Steve Jobs climbed from 57 to 17.
Bill Gates, despite leaving his cushy CEO job at Microsoft, was the only tech person in the top 10, at number 10—the same place he was in last year. Fighting it out amongst the presidents, prime ministers and kings was Mark Zuckerberg at number 40, Jeff Bezos from Amazon at spot 60 and Julian Assange, the editor in chief of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, which recently released all the Iraq war documents.
Forbes narrowed down the world’s 6.8 billion people to just 68 for the list, choosing them because “they bend the world to their will,” listing four deciding factors—whether they have influence over others; their financial resources in comparison to their competition; whether they have power in more than one area, and whether they actually use their power.
Sadly, it appears trawling RSS and wearing out the vowel keys on your keyboard doesn’t count for much. [Forbes]