A Mexican drug baron and the young leader of North Korea, a country which has been at odds with the democratic world, have also been named in the list. From India, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have found place among the top 20 most-powerful people.
Kayani was ranked 28 by the American magazine for "controlling nuclear weapons and one of the world's largest standing armies in an unstable country". Current ISI chief Islam follows Kayani. Ex-Chinese President Hu Jintao, who was ranked second last year, did not find a place and that's precisely because he quit the high office this year.
The Forbes ranks feature 71 names and according to the magazine sources, 71 is set as a cut-off for there are an estimated 7.1 billion people in the world and the ranking projects one powerful person for every 100 million people.