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Our power rankings are based on a composite of visibility (measured by press citations) and economic impact. The latter, in turn, reflects three things: resume (a prime minister is more powerful than a senator), the size of economic sphere over which a leader holds sway; and a multiplier that aims to make different financial yardsticks comparable. For example, a politician is assigned a GDP number but gets a low multiplier, while a foundation executive is assigned the foundation's assets but gets a high multiplier.
- Forbes - Outfront: September, 18, 2006.