How did Kansas fare on Forbes’ latest list of the “world’s 71 most powerful people”? Koch Industries executives Charles and David Koch (in photo) shared 41st place, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius placed 68th. “The former governor of Kansas is the person in charge of implementing Obamacare,” Forbes wrote. “Sebelius’ decisions will shape American lives – and the insurance, medical and pharmaceutical industries – for decades.” Charles Koch also appears on the cover of the latest Forbes, for an article titled “Inside the Koch Empire: How the Brothers Plan to Reshape America.” Calling the presidential election results “bitterly disappointing,” David Koch told the magazine: “We raised a lot of money and mobilized an awful lot of people, and we lost, plain and simple. We’re going to study what worked, what didn’t work, and improve our efforts in the future. We’re not going to roll over and play dead.” Charles Koch said the goal is “ “true democracy,” where people “can run their own lives and choose what they want to buy, choose how to spend their money.” Forbes’ five most powerful people? President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates, and Pope Benedict XVI.
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