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Power, Money, Success: 2013 Edition

Who’s Number 1 this year on the Forbes list? Photo from: Forbes.com
Who’s Number 1 this year on the Forbes list? Photo from: Forbes.com

According to Forbes.com, The World’s Most Powerful People list is “an annual snapshot of the heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly run the world.” Back in 2009 Forbes started to compile a list of the most “powerful” people in the world. And now the 2013 list is out!

There are 72 people on this list. This year, the top three are Vladimir Puntin (Russian President), President Barak Obama (our great United States President), and Xi Jinping (general secretary of the Communist Party of China).

Last year, President Obama held the number one spot on the list, but this year he has slipped to number two. Not sure if it’s because people are still upset about the government shutdown or the whole Obamacare website thing (salty much).

Forbes Top 100 Powerful Women. Photo from: forbes.com
Forbes Top 100 Powerful Women. Photo from: forbes.com

The most inspiring part of the list is that there are nine women this year. Hopefully this goes to show how we (women) are moving on up and being noticed as more than just pretty faces in the world. Women made up 12 percent of the world’s most powerful list this year and it is only going to go up from there. It is always good to have strong women to look up to in the world.

Forbes also complied a list of the World’s 100 most powerful Women this year. Check out the link to see who made the cut.

Take a look at the full list of the most powerful people (male and female) and comment below on the person you feel should or not have been listed this year as one of the most powerful people in the world.

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College Degree + Debt = Home with Parents

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What about millennials ages 21-26?  Jacob, a recent college grad asked President Obama, after the president signed congress’s student loan bill which as of July 1st kept undergraduate student loan interest rates from rising to 6.8 percent.

Q  : Good morning, President Obama.  My name is Jacob and I live in LA.  I’m a recent college graduate with a full-time job, but I still live at home with my parents.  I’m wondering, with massive student loan debt, will I ever be able to move into a house of my own?  Not even looking to buy, just looking to rent.

shrug, overwhelmed, confused, girl, Millennial, Gen Y

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There are many college graduates that have incurred major debt while trying to get an education in recent years preparing to work in the real world. These funds, that potentially could be used towards affording a home post graduation are now used to pay off  loans from attaining a higher education.

This is a question that many of us young Americans are asking because it feels that we are burdening our parents in some way by continuing to live with them after they have worked hard to get us loans and helped us pay to get an education that will supposedly give us a job that pays well enough to afford our own home.

I’m a 25 -year -old college graduate who still lives at home with mom and pop. Having incurred $20,000 in student loans between 2006 and 2010, I understand why Jacob asked the President about people ages 21-26 not being able to find affordable housing. As a single black woman living in Atlanta, living alone is not the safest, but it is what is expected. You graduate college, get your dream job, then you move into your first home.I only know this “American Dream” to have worked for one person. My little brother, recent graduate from a prestigious University in Atlanta. He landed his dream job right before graduation day! He then proceeded to secure an upscale apartment close to where he worked. This is an example of the plan working to our advantage. But as mentioned, this is a very rare case since 1 and 3 young millennials are still living at home (me included).

The new student loan bill which stipulates owner interest rates will be granted to those who decide to incur student loan debt on or after July 1, 2013 will help people like my little cousin who will be going to college in the upcoming year, but what about me? I have debt too. And now that I have chosen to go to Graduate school to gain “more experience/knowledge” and get a better paying job; I will have even more debt. Leading me further away from home ownership in the near future. If it were possible to make a law to help  millennials ages 21-26, I would say reward those who graduated college with a GPA of 3.0 and higher. Possibly forgive enough of their debt or put half of their debt towards a small home for rent/buy so that it will help build the American Dream. This is just an idea, but with enough research and people behind the idea it can possibly come to life.

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