Sonia Gandhi, Ratan Tata, Manmohan singh in Forbes most powerful people list

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata are among the five Indians named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its this year's list of 68 people "who matter". India's business tycoons Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and steel giant ArcelorMittal Chairman Lakshmi Mittal also make this year's list. China's President Hu Jintao has topped the 2010 Forbes list of the 'World's Most Powerful People'. For the top spot, Jintao pipped US President Barack Obama, who comes in at second place. Of the 6.8 billion people on the planet, Forbes' list comprises "the 68 who matter. The heads of state, major religious figures, entrepreneurs and outlaws on the second annual list were chosen "because, in various ways, they bend the world to their will.
Gandhi debuts on the 9th spot in this year's list of the world's most powerful people. Incidentally, she was not featured in Forbes' recent list of the world's most powerful women. Recently elected to record fourth term as head of India's ruling Congress Party, 63-year old Gandhi has cemented her "status as true heiress to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty." Forbes said despite her Italian birth, foreign religion (Roman Catholic) and political reluctance, "Gandhi wields unequaled influence over 1.2 billion Indians. Dr. Manmohan Singh, "universally praised as India's best prime minister since Nehru," is ranked 18th on the list. He has moved up in the list from last year's 36th position.