(QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the world’s most powerful person by Forbes.

"So who's more powerful: the omnipotent head of [a] corroding but still feisty power or the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world?" Forbes asked. 

"For the second year running, our votes went with the Russian president as the world's most powerful person, followed by US president Barack Obama."

The 2014 list of 72 powerbrokers was chosen to reflect one for every 100 million lesser mortals on Earth and the top five remained unchanged from last year.

Third prize went to Mr Jinping, who is expected to rule for a decade in which China is set to eclipse the US as the world's largest economy.

Pope Francis was number four and German chancellor Angela Merkel number five.