Sat 26 Mar 2011 11:23 AM
Abdullah Salem Al Badri
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Abdullah Salem Al Badri

Industry: Construction & Industry

Company: OPEC

Designation: Secretary General

Country: Libya/Libya

When it comes to oil, OPEC calls the shots.

The world’s largest oil cartel oversees two-thirds of global crude reserves and has the final say on output levels, a move that can make or break oil prices — and the energy-rich economies that depend on them. Few posts, then, can be seen as more influential than that of OPEC secretary general, currently held by Libyan Abdullah Salem El Badri.

He has now held the top OPEC post for four years — a reign that has seen oil ricochet from a high of more than $100 a barrel in 2008, to under $50 in 2009, to back up above $100 this year.