Sonia, Maya, Nooyi Among '50 People Who Shaped the Decade'

Sonia, Maya, Nooyi Among '50 People Who Shaped the Decade'
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati are among the four Indians named in the Financial Times list of '50 People Who Shaped the Decade'.

NRI billionaire Lakshmi Mittal and India-born Pepsico Chief Indra Nooyi are the other two Indians in the league of 50, which among others also features Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden and US President Barack Obama.

About the 50, the UK daily said "not all are heroes, some are villains, and many fall somewhere in between".

People from fields as diverse as politics and business, economics and culture have made to the list, which includes legendary investor Warren Buffett, Apple chief Steve Jobs, golfer Tiger Woods, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's co-chair Melinda Gates and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

"... The men and women on our list should be seen as representative of the larger themes of the decade. There are some striking omissions, because we felt that a historic event or trend had been captured by someone already on our list," it added.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US President George Bush, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, US Fed Chairman Ben S Bernanke, inventor of famed television programme format 'Big Brother' -- John De MoI.

On Sonia Gandhi, the publication noted that as Congress party's leader since 1998 she has rebuilt India's largest political party.
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