Forbes magazine in the USA has published a new list of the world's most powerful people, which again includes FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. He is the only Swiss person on the list, and features at number 65.
The FIFA President is described by Forbes as running "the world's most popular sport." Blatter's achievements according to magazine include managing to get the USA interested in football, with 24.3 million people watching the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ between the Netherlands and Spain on TV in the USA. These were the highest viewing figures in the United States for a football match.
Forbes was particularly impressed by the global influence of the FIFA President. He "presides over 208 member countries, three more than the Olympic Committee head and 16 more than the U.N. secretary general," the magazine reported.
Heading the Forbes list is the Chinese president Jintao Hu. For the complete list, please click on the link in the right-hand navigation bar.