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2013 Forbes’ 100 most powerful people list features a change at the top

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It's time once again for the annual Forbes' 100 most powerful people list and once again the top of the list if scattered with names you would expect. Highlights of this year's list include 17 heads of state, 27 CEOs and chairs, 28 billionaires, and nine women. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI were the only people to drop out of last year's top 10 and Cameron was still ranked 11th. Click on to see who did made this year's top 10. (View the complete list and more here.)

Mike Duke

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CEO of Walmart. #17 in 2012.

Mario Draghi

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President of the European Central Bank. #8 in 2012.

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

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King of Saudi Arabia. #7 in 2012.

Ben Bernanke

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Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. #6 in 2012.

Bill Gates

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Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
#1 in the Forbes 400. #2 in billionaires.

Angela Merkel

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Chancellor of Germany. #2 in 2012. #1 ranked in powerful women

Pope Francis

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Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Unranked in 2012.

Xi Jinping

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General Secretary of the Communist Party in China. #9 in 2012.

Barack Obama

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President of the United States. #1 in 2012.

Vladimir Putin

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President of Russia. #3 in 2012.

(View the complete list and more here.)

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