President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has been listed among the 100 most powerful people in the world by the influential American magazine, Forbes.
Dangote, who is the only black person on the list apart from President Barack Obama of the United States of America (USA), was listed at number 71 just one place above the top Republican Party contender for the US presidency, Donald Trump.
President of Egypt, Abdel el-Sisi, was the only other African listed apart from Dangote and he was placed at number 49, under the defiant North Korean leader Kin Jong-un, who was placed at number 46, while Igor Sechin of Rosneft and Ma Huateng were placed at 47 and 48 respectively.
Sitting comfortable at the top of the 100 most powerful people in the world is Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, followed by Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Obama in the third position.
Also listed are Pope Francis at number four, Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping (fifth), world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were placed sixth and 13th respectively while Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was placed 23rd.
Dangote, who is also the richest black man in the world, was only last month listed among the 50 world most influential personalities by Bloomberg, the renowned United States-based news media with bias for business and financial news reporting.
The group of personalities chosen by the Bloomberg Market, consisted of CEOs, world leaders as well as religious leaders.
The magazine placed the Nigerian billionaire at number 41 in a list that included Obama, Merkel and Pope Francis among others.
According to Bloomberg, those on the list “build companies and assemble fortunes. They run banks, or hope to disrupt them. They shape economies and spread ideas. They manage money and wield the clout that goes with the billions of dollars they invest”.