Forbes: King Abdullah eighth most powerful person in the world

October 31, 2013

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is one of the top ten most powerful people in the world, according to the 2013 rankings of U.S.-based Forbes magazine. The prominent publication placed the Saudi monarch eighth on a list of 72 global figures, which ranked a number of heads of state and key global figures based on several criteria.

The magazine highlighted the high status and global economic weight of the Kingdom, noting that it has Islam’s two holiest sites and the world’s second largest crude oil deposits. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product [GDP] of $727 billion puts it among the 20 richest countries in the world. Forbes also referred to the efforts of King Abdullah to promote social welfare and major infrastructure projects in the Kingdom.

Additionally, the magazine ranked Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi as the fortieth most powerful person in the world.