Friday, November 13, 2009

Kim Jong-il Ranks 24th on 'Most Powerful People' List

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ranked 24th on a list of the world's 67 most powerful people released by Forbes magazine. Forbes put Kim above British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (29th), Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (35th), and French President Nicolas Sarkozy (56th).

Forbes said it assessed people's power using four criteria: the number of people they influence; their ability to project power beyond their immediate sphere of influence; control of or access to significant financial resources (for heads of state the magazine used GDP); and how actively they wield power.

The magazine pointed out that Kim commands the world's fourth-largest standing army and engages in high-stakes nuclear gambles.

Chosun Ilbo

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