By Andy Sambidge
King Abdullah is top ranked Arab; UAE president and Saudi oil minister only other GCC representatives
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been named the seventh most powerful person in the world in a new ranking published by Forbes magazine.
The Saudi monarch, who is recovering from ungergoing back surgery last month, was the top ranked Arab in the list, which was topped by US President Barack Obama.
The GCC had only two other representatives - UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan ranked 33rd on the list while the Saudi oil minister Ali Al-Naimi was one place higher.
The annual list selected what Forbes said were the world's 71 most-powerful people from among the roughly 7.1 billion global populace, based on factors ranging from wealth to global influence.
Obama was also joined in the top 10 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The list's highest-ranked businessman was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at No. 4 while US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, both public officials, also made the top 10.
"This year's list reflects the changing of the guard in the world's two most powerful countries: the United States and China," Michael Noer, Forbes' executive editor, told Reuters.
Noer noted that China's President Hu Jintao, last year's third most-powerful person, fell off the list as he is leaving power, and his successor, Xi Jinping, ranked ninth instead.
Among the oddities was Joaquin Guzman Loera at No. 63. Loera, far from a household name, is a billionaire nicknamed "El Chapo" who as head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel is the world's most powerful drug trafficker, according to Forbes.
Two of the youngest and oldest of this year's most powerful - 28-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and 81-year-old News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch - were placed 25th and 26th, respectively.
Forbes noted that Zuckerberg fell out of last year's top 10 after Facebook's IPO disappointed.
Former President Bill Clinton placed 50th, with editors noting that by hitting the campaign trail for Obama, Clinton "cemented his status as a kingmaker".
Other high-ranking heads of state included French President Francois Hollande at No. 14, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at No. 19 and Iran's Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei at No. 21.
* Additional reporting by Reuters
Its really glad to hear that Saudi king ranked 7th in global power list .Keep going Saudi.
May Allah give him good life and health . KSA government under his command is doing great for Muslim of the world and also doing extension of Hurmain