13 December 2012 by

#The Pope's on Twitter; take a look at the most powerful tweeters to see who he needs to catch up with

The Pope, the fifth most powerful man in the world, sent his first tweet this week. With a little help from his friends.

To celebrate we've compared the world's most powerful people with the most followed people on Twitter, to see whether Obama beats Gaga (he doesn't) and whether David Cameron features at all (erm... nope)

The ten most important people in the world according to Forbes

1. Barack Obama; US President

Twitter followers: 24,459,748

2. Angela Merkel; German chancellor

Not on Twitter

3. Vladimir Putin; President of Russia

Not on Twitter

4. Bill Gates; co-chair Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Twitter followers: 9,070,097

5. Pope Benedict XVI; AKA the pope

Twitter followers: 1,071,398 (english language followers)

And the people they need to catch up with. The top ten most followed people on Twitter

1. Lady Gaga

Twitter followers: 3,080,009

2.Justin Bieber

Twitter followers: 31,417,588

3. Katy Perry

Twitter Followers: 30,015,872

4. Rihanna

Twitter followers: 27,249,330

5. Barack Obama

Twitter followers: 24,459,748

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