Most Powerful People 2009

You can have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power.  ~ Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Power, when given to the wrong person, can lead to destruction.

A powerful leader has to be just (as in justice) in order to be loved by his people.

So, here is a list of the most powerful people in the world (2009).

1. Barack Obama

Who doesn’t know him? Even those who are not a US resident is supporting him. He is known to be the first Black guy to be a President.

2. Hu Jintao

Definitely a very powerful man in China.

3. Vladimir Putin

Again, he is so famous. I am sure you know for what reason!

4. Ben S. Bernanke

Simply a powerful man in US. Then again, most powerful man is from US itself so we know that US has the most “most powerful people” in the world.

5. Sergey Brin and Larry Page

These are Google Guys.

6. Carlos Slim Helú

This is the world’s third richest man.

7. Rupert Murdoch

An anchor in the media (“The man who owns the news”).

8. Michael T. Duke

The retailer king. He owns the world’s largest retailer.

9. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

He is the ruler of a country where 25% of the world’s oil resources is kept there.

10. William Gates III

Even if you are not using Microsoft products, you will know him. Then again, how can we not use Microsoft products in daily life?

Ananda & Kuok Richest Men in Malaysia

So, who are the richest men in Malaysia now?

According to the latest Forbes ranking, Ananda Krishnan (Maxis, Astro) and Robert Kuok (Kuok Group, Shangri-La) are jointly the richest men in Malaysia at the moment.

Both Krishnan and Kuok are ranked at no 62 with an estimated net worth of US$7 billion each. In last year’s Malaysia list, Kuok sat at number one with Krishnan trailing a little bit behind.

Both had suffered losses in fortune in the past one year, but it was Kuok who felt the worse, losing almost US$3 billion while his rival Krishnan lost US$200 million.

The latest billionaire list saw Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, regained his spot as the world’s richest man. Last year, Gates was ranked 3rd behind investor Warren Buffet and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu. Gates retired last year to focus his time on philanthropic work.

There are 6 Malaysians who made it to the 2009 billionaire’s list. Apart from Krishnan and Kuok, the other four are Lee Shin Cheng (IOI Group), Teh Hong Piow (Public Bank), Quek Leng Chan (Hong Leong) and Yeoh Tiong Lay (YTL Group).

A number of Malaysians who last year made it to the Forbes billionaire list fell off the chart this year. They include Lee Kim Hua & family (Genting), Vincent Tan (Berjaya Group), Mokhtar al-Bukhary (al-Bukhary Foundation) and Tiong Hiew King (Rimbunan Hijau).

Indonesia’s Richest Man

Richest man in Indonesia named

Forbes has named Sukanto Tanoto as the richest man in Indonesia in 2008 with a total net worth of US$3.8 billion.

Tanoto ranks first ahead of other Indonesia’s rich men including R Budi Hartono, Michael Hartono, Putera Sampoerna, Martua Sitorus, Peter Sondakh, Eddy William Katuari and Eka Tjipta Widjaja.

The billionaire is known to make his name through Pertamina, the state-owned oil company, and later moved to a host of other businesses including Asia Pacific Resources and Raja Garuda Mas (RGM International).

RGM is a holding company with broad range of core businesses such as palm oil, paper processing, construction, energy and facilities.

Sukanto is a son to a Chinese immigrant, and shares similar stories with Robert Kuok, currently the richest person in Malaysia, the neighbouring country. However, in terms of wealth, Kuok is about three times wealthier than Sukanto with US$10 billion net worth.

Sukanto’s father migrated from the Fujian province in mainland China. When his schooling was halted after Suharto took over as Indonesia’s President, Sukanto’s life in business started. The eldest of the seven children worked for 16 hours per day, and started to grow his business day by day, before his first big break came with a large contract from a multinational company.

100 Richest Men in the World 2008

We already know that when Forbes released its list of the world’s richest men in 2008, Bill Gates is no longer at the top of the table after dominating the list for more than a decade.

The new richest man goes to his friend, Warren Buffett, who is a master in finance and investment. But it is safe to say that Buffett will not stay on the top for long as he intended to donate some big chunks of his fortune to the charity.

Gates was pushed further down to third by a Mexican immigrant, Carlos Slim Helu. The list (Read article: 10 world’s richest men in 2008) also revealed that there are rich men who don’t come from developed nation, particularly India.

Here are the 100 richest men in the world, as released by Forbes this year.

No Name Country Business
1 Warren Buffett US Investment
2 Carlos Slim Helu Mexico Communication
3 Bill Gates US IT/Software
4 Lakshmi Mittal India Manufacturing
5 Mukesh Ambani India Manufacturing
6 Anil Ambani India Diversified
7 Ingvar Kamprad Sweden Retail
8 KP Singh India Real Estate
9 Oleg Deripaska Russia Diversified
10 Karl Albrecht Germany Retail
11 Li Ka-shing Hong Kong Diversified
12 Sheldon Adelson US Gambling
13 Bernard Arnault France Diversified
14 Lawrence Ellison US IT/Software
15 Roman Abramovich Russia Oil
16 Theo Albrecht Germany Retail
17 Liliane Bettencourt France Manufacturing
18 Alexei Mordashov Russia Manufacturing
19 Price Alwaleed Saudi Arabia Investment
20 Mikhail Fridman Russia Banking/Oil
21 Vladimir Lisin Russia Manufacturing
22 Amancio Ortega Spain Retail
23 Raymond Kwok Hong Kong Real Estate
24 Mikhail Prokhorov Russia Diversified
25 Vladimir Potanin Russia Diversified
26 Christy Walton US Retail
27 Jim Walton US Retail
28 S Robson Walton US Retail
29 Lee Shau Kee Hong Kong Real Estate
30 Alice Walton US Retail
31 David Thomson Canada Media
32 Sergey Brin US IT
33 Larry Page US IT
34 Michael Otto Germany Retail
35 Stefan Persson Sweden Retail
36 Suleiman Kerimov Russia Investment
37 Charles Koch US Oil and gas
38 David Koch US Manufacturing
39 Francois Pinault France Diversified
40 Michael Dell US IT/Computer
41 Paul Allen US IT/Software
42 Kirk Kerkorian US Investment
43 Steven Ballmer US Software
44 Abigail Johnson US Finance
45 Shashi & Ravi Ruia India Diversified
46 Nasser Al-Kharafi Kuwait Engineering
47 Gerald Cavendish UK Real Estate
48 Carl Icahn US Investment
49 Forrest Mars Jr US Food
50 Jacqueline Mars US Food
51 John Mars US Food
52 Birgit Rausing Sweden Manufacturing
53 Jack Taylor US Service
54 German Khan Russia Oil and gas
55 Susanne Klatten Germany Pharmaceutical
56 Vagit Alekperov Russia Oil and gas
57 Donald Bren US Real estate
58 Alain Wertheimer France Apparel
59 Dmitry Rybolovlev Russia Chemicals
60 Azim Premji India Technology
61 Naguib Sawiris Egypt Communications
62 Anne Cox Chambers US Media
63 Iskander Makhmudov Russia Manufacturing
64 Sunil Mittal India Technology
65 Alexander Abramov Russia Mining
66 Michael Bloomberg US Media
67 Viktor Vekselberg Russia Diversified
68 Michele Ferrero Italy Food
69 George Kaiser US Oil and gas
70 Spiro Latsis Greece Diversified
71 Nassef Sawiris Egypt Engineering
72 Alexei Kuzmichev Russia Oil/banking
73 Philip Knight US Apparel
74 Viktor Rashnikov Russia Manufacturing
75 Ernesto Bertarelli Switzerland Pharmaceutical
76 Kumar Birla India Diversified
77 Leonardo Del Vecchio Italy Manufacturing
78 Antonio Ermirio Brazil Diversified
79 Iris Fontbona Chile Mining
80 Edward Johnson III US Finance
81 Hans Rausing Sweden Manufacturing
82 Vladimir Yevtushenkov Russia Diversified
83 Igor Zyuzin Russia Mining
84 Serge Dassault France Manufacturing
85 Alberto Baillerres Mexico Mining
86 Ramesh Chandra India Real Estate
87 Charles Ergen US Media
88 John Kluge US Media
89 Ronald Prelman US Investment
90 Silvio Berlusconi Italy Media
91 Gautam Adani India Engineering
92 Petr Kellner Czech Finance
93 Alisher Usmanov Russia Diversified
94 Adolf Merckle Germany Pharmaceutical
95 August von Finck Germany Investment
96 Onsi Sawiris Egypt Engineering
97 Al Amoudi Saudi Arabia Oil and gas
98 Robert Kuok Malaysia Diversified
99 George Soros US Finance
100 Aziz Al Ghurair UAE Finance

List source: Forbes 2008