Tuesday 24 April 2018

Facebook founder joins 'most powerful' top 10

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Getty Images
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Getty Images

IF Facebook didn't start the Arab Spring it certainly helped accelerate the uprisings, writes Adam Sherwin.

Now the social network's role in toppling regimes has catapulted Mark Zuckerberg into the Forbes list of the 10 most powerful people on the planet.

The 27-year-old Facebook founder, right, is the fastest riser in the business magazine's annual ranking of the '70 Most Powerful People In The World', soaring from 40 to nine.

US President Barack Obama returns to the top of the list, toppling Chinese President Hu Jintao, who also falls behind Vladimir Putin, the resurgent Russian prime minister.

Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp CEO, who closed down the 'News of the World', and saw his bid to control all of BSkyB collapse fell from 13 to 24. New entries include Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at 14, Opec president Rostam Ghasemi at 32, and Christine Lagarde, the new IMF chief, at 39. (© Independent News Service)

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