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.
These personalities were ranked along with 70 others as the most powerful people, with Dangote ranked as the second most powerful in Africa.
The Nigerian business mogul has constantly featured in the list since 2013, when he was listed as the only black African so rated by the popular Forbes Magazine in the list of 100 most powerful persons.
Listed as number 71 most powerful last year, ahead of the American President-elect, Dangote, Africa’s richest man, moved up the ladder of influential people as he was named as the 68th most powerful in the world weekend, coming only after the Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, who was adjudged the most powerful in Africa and 44th in the world.
The famed American business magazine, Forbes, in the latest edition of its 74 World Most Powerful People ranking list released at the weekend showed that the 64-year-old Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful in the world, ahead of Donald Trump who is second on the list.
While the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ranked the third most powerful person in the world, outgoing American President Barack Obama placed 48th on the list.
The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis is the fifth most powerful person while the world richest, 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.