Forbes: King Abdullah ranks among the seven most powerful people in the world

November 4, 2011

The U.S. financial magazine Forbes has once again ranked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz among the seven most powerful personalities in the world. Explaining the ranking, Forbes hailed the Saudi monarch for embarking on reforms and adopting moderate stances on a wide array of issues. Specifically, it noted the decision to allow women the right to run for office and to vote in municipal elections. The magazine also noted that the King has spent more than $130 billion to fund social projects and has initiated the King Abdullah Project to Modernize General education.