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Forbes: The World’s Most Powerful People 2012

10 of 11

1. Barack Obama

President, United States of America
Age: 51

The decisive winner of the 2012 U.S. presidential election on all counts: Obama took the popular vote, the electoral college and 7 out of 7 toss-up states. Now he gets 4 more years to push his agenda past weakened congressional Republicans. Still, he faces major challenges, including an unresolved budget crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and renewed unrest in the Middle East. But Obama remains the commander in chief of the world’s greatest military and head of the sole economic and cultural superpower—literally the leader of the free world.

(Vallery Jean/FilmMagic/Getty Images)



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Full List: The World’s Most Powerful People
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