Gandhi, leader of India’s Congress party, was No 21 on the 2013 list, down from 12 in 2012. Prime Minister Singh took the 28th spot in the list, also losing nine spots since 2012.

Gandhi was ranked third among nine women in the annual list of the world’s 72 most-powerful people, one for every 100 million people on Earth, which Forbes said is based on factors ranging from wealth to global influence.

The Forbes ranking found four heads of state occupying the top five spots among the world’s most powerful people. Russian President Vladimir Putin bumped American counterpart Barack Obama from the No 1 spot. China’s president Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rounded out the top five.

The list’s highest-ranked businessman was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at No 6. Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries, slipped a spot to 38 in 2013 while Indian-born steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal was at No 51, sandwiched between the presidents of the World Bank and South Korea.


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