Obama Not on Fortune's List of 'Greatest Leaders'

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 10:25 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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President Barack Obama has failed to make Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s 50 "greatest leaders," in which the popular Pope Francis is No. 1.

The president’s chances of joining the power figures on the global list were likely hurt by his handling of a barrage of issues during his tenure, including Benghazi, Obamacare, Ukraine, Internal Revenue Service targeting, and National Security Agency data collections.

But Obama can take solace at least from the fact that he was not alone, according to CNN Money, the website which also serves Fortune and Money magazines.

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There was not one single current U.S. political leader worth the top 50, although former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the cut.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed up on a list of nine "power couples," but not on the main list, which had her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in fifth place.

The pontiff was given the top spot because he "has electrified the church and attracted legions of non-Catholic admirers by energetically setting a new direction," according to Fortune.

Ironically, the pope and Obama, the greatest and not-so-great leader, were due to meet for the first time on Thursday at the Vatican to discuss issues of poverty and social justice.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel came in second place on the list as "may be the most successful national leader in the world today" – a comment that may be a slap in the face to Obama’s foreign policy.

In third position is Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally who "saved the company without resorting to bankruptcy or bailouts." Ford made $7.2 billion in profit last year, while 47,000 UAW workers received a record $8,800 each in profit sharing.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. boss Warren Buffett came fourth, with Fortune saying, "The world looks to the 'Oracle of Omaha' for guidance on investing, the economy, taxes, management, philanthropy, and more."

Former President Clinton, who is on Fortune’s cover and talks about his leadership role in an interview, was honored with the fifth spot because he’s a "relentless and forceful advocate for a number of causes: the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis … and greenhouse gas emissions."

The Washington Post reported that the list also includes such luminaries as rock star Bono, the Dalai Lama, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, and Apple Inc. boss Tim Cook.

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