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Forbes: The World’s Most Powerful People 2012

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9. Xi Jinping

General Secretary, Communist Party of China
Age: 59

The man who will lead China for the next decade was recently promoted to the Communist Party’s top position; Xi also took over as chairman of the Party’s Central Military Commission, putting him in control of the world’s largest army. His rise to power will be complete in March when he takes over for Hu Jintao as president and head of state. Xi’s only half of a Chinese power couple: His wife, Peng Liyuan, is a superstar folk singer.

(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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The Youngest Power People

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