MEXICO CITY - Forbes magazine's list of the "World's Most Powerful People" typically includes a mix of political leaders, captains of industry and tycoons.
But this year's contains a surprising name.
Forbes says Guzman's ranking was intended to spark conversation,
and it asked readers whether "despicable criminals" like Guzman
belong on the.
The Mexican government's answer is no.
The Interior Department
says the list is "a mockery" of the government's struggle against
organized crime" and undermines the effort.
Guzman ranks just below Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei and ahead of Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez and France's Nicolas Sarkozy.
Another Mexican, telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu, made the list
at No. 6. President Barack Obama ranks No. 1.
Guzman reputedly heads one of Mexico's most powerful drug gangs
and is considered one of Mexico's most wanted fugitives. The
government has offered a reward of 30 million pesos ($2.3 million)
for information leading to his capture.
As head of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman purportedly has legions of
hit-men and enforcers at his command. Violence associated with
Mexico's drug war has cost more than 13,800 lives since late 2006,
when President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the
Calderon's administration has said the violence is a sign not of
the cartels' strength, but rather of their desperation and
disorganization in the face of the government crackdown.
In March, Calderon railed against honoring drug lords. Without
naming Forbes, he said that "magazines are not only attacking and
lying about the situation in Mexico but are also praising