Vladimir Putin has been the most powerful man on earth for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes. Photograph: (Getty)
Barack Obama, who was second in 2015, plummeted to 48th place this year
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been voted as the most powerful man by Forbes -- he wins the gong for the fourth straight year.
Putin was followed US President-elect Donald Trump, who recorded a stunning win over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election last month. Trump was ranked 72nd last year.
Outgoing US President Barack Obama, who was the second-most powerful man last year, saw his influence drop, languishing at 48th spot.
"Russia's president has exerted his country's influence in nearly every corner of the globe," the US business magazine wrote.
"From the motherland to Syria to the US presidential elections, Putin continues to get what he wants."
The 64-year old Russian leader is "unconstrained by conventional global norms (and) his reach has magnified in recent years," Forbes said.
The magazine wrote that at number two, Trump, who takes over the US presidency in a little more than a month, "has a seeming immunity to scandal, both houses of Congress on his side, and a personal net worth in the billions."
Trump, who was elected US president last month, was listed 72nd in Forbes' 2015 power rankings.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was third, China's President Xi Jinping, while the fifth spot on the list went to Pope Francis.
Forbes said it assesses the influence of "hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe" as it compiles its annual list, which this year has on it 74 powerful movers and shakers.
(With inputs from AFP)