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Mark Zuckerberg and Janet Yellen Make Forbes Power List

Several Jews, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appear on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.”

The list, published online Wednesday, ranks 73 people — all but nine of them men — in order of most powerful. While admittedly subjective, the ranking assesses the power “along four dimensions,” according to the magazine: whether the person “has power over lots of people,” the “financial resources controlled” by the person, whether the person is powerful “in multiple spheres,” and whether the person “actively used” his or her power.

Yellen topped the Jews on the list, coming in at No. 7 — five slots behind the most powerful woman, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Zuckerberg was at No. 10.

Merkel was second only to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known for his good relations with the Russian Jewish community (and who bought a condo for a former Jewish teacher now living in Tel Aviv).

Other Jews in the top 50 are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at No. 21; Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, 26; Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 30, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 44.

President Barack Obama was No. 3 on the list.

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