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Powerlist
List of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the UK
Publication details
PublisherPowerful Media
First published2007
Latest publicationNovember 16, 2020
Powerlist 2021
Most InfluentialSir Lewis Hamiltom
Powerlist website Powerful Media publisher website

The Powerlist is a list of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom. The list is updated annually and has been published in book format by Powerful Media since 2007. The Powerlist is not limited to British-born citizens and includes immigrants to the UK.

History and methodology[edit]

The list was first created in 2007 by Michael Eboda, then editor of the New Nation, a weekly newspaper published in the UK for the Black British community, as a way to profile and celebrate influential Black Britons, and inspire and influence the next generation.[1] The first Powerlist was compiled after six months of research and debate where 400 people of influence were whittled down to 50 women and 50 men, then ranked into respective top tens with the results announced in August 2007.[2] During the first few editions, separate top 10 rankings were produced for both Female and Male candidates and top ranking individuals could continue to be ranked the following year.[3] From 2012 the 50 highest rated nominees, along with updates on the previous year's Powerlistees from rank 2–100, are then ranked by an independent panel in the summer, with the list being produced each autumn. Each year's highest-ranking individual is added to the Powerlist Hall of Fame[4][5]

Hall of Fame[edit]

A list of every Powerlist highest ranking individual.

Year Portrait Name Occupation Category Notability
2021
Lewis Hamilton 2016 Malaysia 2.jpg
Sir Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 Driver Sports Seven-time World Champion Formula One driver
2020
Ismail Ahmed.jpg
Ismail Ahmed Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs founder & chairman of WorldRemit
2019
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Ric Lewis Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Exec & Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners
2018
Gina Miller at Brighton 2018.jpg
Gina Miller Businessperson & Activist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Activist known for her work challenging Brexit
2017
Tom Ilube.jpg
Tom Ilube Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Founder of Crosssword Cyber Security, Africa Gifted Foundation
2016
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Ken Olisa, OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London
2015 Karen Blackett, OBE Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of MediaCom UK
2014
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Malorie Blackman, OBE Author Media, Publishing & Entertainment Writer of over 60 children's books and Children's Laureate
2013
David Adjaye, Dhaka.jpg
David Adjaye, OBE Architect Arts, Fashion & Design Designer of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC
2012
Tidjane Thiam, 2015, London (cropped).jpg
Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
2011
Tidjane Thiam, 2015, London (cropped).jpg
Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
2010
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Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales
2008 (Male)
Mo Ibrahim.jpg
Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
2008 (Female)
Patricia Scotland 2018.jpg
Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales
2007 (Male) Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
2007 (Female)
Patricia Scotland 2018.jpg
Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales

2020's[edit]

2021 Powerlist Rankings[edit]

The 2021 Powerlist came in a year in which public debate on racial injustice had increased, with the Black Lives Matter movement and global protests against police brutality. Therefore, chief executive Michael Eboda decided that the 14th Powerlist would honour those who have used their voice to advocate against racial injustice.[6] Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were held virtually on November 17, 2020 and hosted by Kwame Kwei-Armah, OBE.[7] The event was held in partnership with J.P.Morgan who announced they would invest £2 million in support to London non-profit organisations headed by black and minority ethnic leaders; further sponsors included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Facebook, and Linklaters.[8][9] The independent panel of judges named Sir Lewis Hamilton as the most influential due to both his sporting excellence and his advocacy in light of the BLM movement; additional highlights of the Top 10 included Prof. Kevin Fenton for and Dame Donna Kinnair for their work fighting against COVID-19.[10]

Top 10[edit]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Sir Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 Driver Sports Seven-time World Champion Formula One driver
2 Prof. Kevin Fenton Public-Health Leader Public, Third Sector and Education Regional Director, Public Health England London
3 Stormzy Grime Artist Media, Publishing & Entertainment Award-winning Musician
4 Michaela Coel Actor, screenwriter, director and producer Media, Publishing & Entertainment Creator, co-director and producer of BBC/HBO series I May Destroy You
5 Edward Enninful, OBE Editor-in-Chief Media, Publishing & Entertainment Editor-in-Chief British Vogue
6 Dame Donna Kinnair Public-Health Leader & Nurse Public, Third Sector and Education CEO & General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing
7 Jacqueline McKenzie Human rights Lawyer Politics, Law and Religion Director at Centre for Migration Advice and Research and McKenzie, Beute and Pope
8 David Olusoga, OBE Historian, Writer, Broadcaster Media, Publishing and Entertainment Historian and TV presenter
9 Afua Hirsch Writer, Broadcaster, & former Barrister Media, Publishing and Entertainment Journalist for The Guardian, Author, Broadcaster
10 Richard Iferenta Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Partner at KPMG

Also in the Top 100, by Category[edit]

Arts, Fashion and Design

Business, Corporate, Financiers and Entrepreneurs

  • Femi Bamisaiye - CIO Homeserve
  • Nadja Bellan-White - Global CMO at Vice Media Group
  • Jason Black (J2K) - Co-founder of Crep Protect and Co-Owner of Crepe and Cones
  • Eric Collins - CEO and Founding Member, Impact X Capital Partners
  • Camille Drummond - Vice President, Global Business Services at BP
  • Yemi Edun - Founder/CEO of Daniel Ford & Co.
  • Emeka Emembolu - Senior VP-North Sea BP
  • Dean Forbes - President, The Access Group
  • Pamela Hutchinson - Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg
  • Yvonne Ike - Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa region, BofA Securities
  • Adrian Joseph - Managing Director, Group AI & Data Solutions, BT Group
  • Wol Kolade - Managing Partner, Livingbridge
  • Lindelwe Lesley Ndlovu - CEO, AXA Africa Specialty Risks, Lloyd's of London
  • Tara Lajumoke - Managing Director, Financial Times
  • Netsai Mangwende - Head of Finance for Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson
  • Tunde Olanrewaju - Senior Partner McKinsey & Company
  • Paulette Rowe - CEO, Integrated and E-commerce Solutions, Paysafe Group
  • Roni Savage - Managing Director, Founder of Jomas Associates
  • Alan Smith - Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff, Global Risk at HSBC
  • Tevin Tobun - Founder and CEO, GV Group Gate Ventures
  • Sandra Wallace - UK Managing Partner, DLA Piper
  • Dame Sharon White - Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

Media, Publishing and Entertainment

Politics, Law and Religion

Public, Third Sector and Education

Science, Medicine and Engineering

Sports

Technology

  • Nneka Abulokwe, OBE - Founder and CEO, MicroMax Consulting
  • Ije Nwokorie - Senior Director, Apple Inc.
  • Ebele Okobi - Public policy director, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey for Facebook
  • Jacky Wright - Chief digital officer & Corporate VP at Microsoft

2020 Powerlist[edit]

The 13th annual Powerlist was judged by a panel chaired by Dame Linda Dobbs and published in October 2019; sponsored by J.P. Morgan & Co., pwc, linklaters and The Executive Leadership Council.[11][12][13][14]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Ismail Ahmed Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs founder & chairman of WorldRemit
2 Pat McGrath Make-up Artist Arts, Fashion & Design founder of Pat McGrath Labs
3 Michael Sherman Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief strategy and transformation officer at BT Group
4 Jacky Wright Businessperson Technology Chief digital officer at Microsoft
5 Stormzy Grime Artist Media, Publishing & Entertainment Award-winning Musician
6 Edward Enninful, OBE Editor-in-Chief Media, Publishing & Entertainment Editor-in-Chief British Vogue
7 Ebele Okobi Public policy director Technology Public policy director, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey for Facebook
8 Paulette Rowe Businessperson Technology Global Head, Payments and Financial Services Partnerships, Facebook
9 Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Artist Arts, Fashion & Design Award-winning painter
10 Richard Iferenta Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Partner at KPMG

2010's[edit]

2019 Rankings[edit]

The 2019 Rankings were released in October 2018 and saw Meghan, Duchess of Sussex included in the list for the first time and named Ric Lewis as the most influential individual.[15][16][17] For the full list see: Powerlist 2019

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Ric Lewis Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Exec & Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners
2 Sharon White Businessperson & Economist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Executive at Ofcom
3 Ismail Ahmed Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Founder & CEO of WorldRemit
4 Jacky Wright Businessperson Technology Chief digital and information officer at HMRC
5 Sandie Okoro Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Senior VP and general counsel at the World Bank Group
6 Ebele Okobi Public policy director Technology Public policy director, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey for Facebook
7 Funmi Olonisakin Professor Public, Third Sector & Education Professor of Leadership studies, peace and conflict at King's College London
8 Paulette Rowe Businessperson Technology Global Head, Payments and Financial Services Partnerships, Facebook
9 Edward Enninful, OBE Editor-in-Chief Media, Publishing & Entertainment Editor-in-Chief British Vogue
10 Richard Iferenta Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Partner at KPMG

2018 Rankings[edit]

The 2018 Rankings were released in October 2017 and saw Gina Miller named as the most influential black person in the UK. The list was compiled by a panel that included Dame Linda Dobbs and Tim Campbell and over half of the 100 people on the years list were women.[18][19]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Gina Miller Businessperson & Activist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Activist known for her work challenging Brexit
2 Ric Lewis Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Exec & Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners
3 Ismail Ahmed Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Founder & CEO of WorldRemit
4 Sharon White Businessperson & Economist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Executive at Ofcom
5 Nira Chamberlain Professional Mathematician Public, Third Sector & Education Member of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
6 Jacky Wright Businessperson Technology Chief digital and information officer at HMRC
7 Sandra Wallace Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs UK managing partner, DLA Piper
8 Prof. Laura Serrant Academic in Nursing Public, Third Sector & Education Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University
9 Dr Shirley J Thompson Composer Public, Third Sector & Education music composer, visionary and cultural activist
10 Edward Enninful, OBE Editor-in-Chief Media, Publishing & Entertainment Editor-in-Chief British Vogue

2017 Rankings[edit]

The 2017 Powerlist marked the 10th anniversary of the event, with a keynote speech made by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan were released in October 2016 and named as the most influential black person in the UK. The list was decided by an independent panel led by former high court judge Dame Linda Dobbs.[20][21][22]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Tom Ilube Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Founder of Crosssword Cyber Security, Africa Gifted Foundation
2 Ric Lewis Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Exec & Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners
3 Arlene Isaacs-Lowe Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Head of Relationship Management, EMEA, Moodys
4 Sir Lenny Henry Actor, Comedian & Campaigner Media, Publishing & Entertainment Co-founder of Comic Relief
5 Mo Farah, CBE Professional Athlete Sports Four-time Gold Medalist at the Olympic Games
6 Lewis Hamilton, MBE Formula 1 Driver Sports Three-time Formula 1 World Champion
7 Ismail Ahmed Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Founder & CEO of WorldRemit
8 Dr Shirley J Thompson Composer Public, Third Sector & Education music composer, visionary and cultural activist
9 Sharon White Businessperson & Economist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Executive at Ofcom
10 Steve McQueen, CBE Film Director Media, Publishing & Entertainment Multiple award winning Director

2016 Rankings[edit]

The 2016 Powerlist named Ken Olisa, OBE at the most influential Black Briton for his charitable work and his achievement becoming the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.[23][24][25]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Ken Olisa,OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London
2 Sir Lenny Henry Actor, Comedian & Campaigner Media, Publishing & Entertainment Co-founder of Comic Relief
3 Sharon White Businessperson & Economist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chief Executive at Ofcom
4 Steve McQueen, CBE Film Director Media, Publishing & Entertainment Multiple award winning Director
5 Lewis Hamilton, MBE Formula 1 Driver Sports Three-time Formula 1 World Champion
6 Baroness Doreen Lawrence, OBE Campaigner Public, Third Sector & Education Justice campaigner
7 Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE Space Scientist Public, Third Sector & Education Space scientist and science educator, University College London
8 Mo Farah, CBE Professional Athlete Sports Two-time Gold Medalist at the Olympic Games
9 Sandie Okoro Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Global general counsel of HSBC Asset Management
10 Adrian Joseph Businessperson Technology Director, Enterprise Analytics Services, EMEA Google

2015 Rankings[edit]

The 2015 Powerlist was announced in November 2014 and took place in the Lord Mayor of London's residence, with a keynote speech given by then Home Secretary, Theresa May.[26] The list named Karen Blackett, OBE as the most influential Black Briton, marking her as the first Black businesswoman to be awarded the accolade and also saw two people ranked in both third & eighth position.[27]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Karen Blackett,OBE Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of MediaCom UK
2 Ken Olisa,OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London
=3 Chuka Umunna Politician Public, Third Sector & Education Shadow Business Secretary & Labour MP
=3 Helen Grant Politician Public, Third Sector & Education Minister for Sport & Tourism & Tory MP
4 Sandie Okoro Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Global general counsel of HSBC Asset Management
5 Steve McQueen, CBE Film Director Media, Publishing & Entertainment Artist & Director of 12 Years a Slave
6 Matthew Ryder QC Barrister Public, Third Sector & Education Barrister specialising in complex criminal cases and civil litigation
7 Sharon White Civil Servant Public, Third Sector & Education Second Permanent Secretary of the Treasury
=8 Sir Lenny Henry Actor, Comedian & Campaigner Media, Publishing & Entertainment Co-founder of Comic Relief
=8 Idris Elba Actor & Producer Media, Publishing & Entertainment Actor
9 Adrian Joseph Businessperson Technology Director, Enterprise Analytics Services, EMEA Google
10 Lewis Hamilton, MBE Formula 1 Driver Sports Three-time Formula 1 World Champion

2014 Rankings[edit]

An independent panel of five judges, headed by management consultant Vivian Hunt and including business executive Olakunle Babarinde, ranked the 100 most influential Black Britons on merit with children's author Malorie Blackman, OBE first in the yearly ranking.[28][29]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Malorie Blackman, OBE Author Media, Publishing & Entertainment Writer of over 60 children's books and Children's Laureate
2 Ken Olisa,OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chair of Restoration Partners
3 Matthew Ryder QC Barrister Public, Third Sector & Education Barrister specialising in complex criminal cases and civil litigation
4 Mo Farah, MBE Athlete Sports Olympic Gold Medalist
5 Karen Blackett,OBE Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of MediaCom UK
=6 Chuka Umunna Politician Public, Third Sector & Education Shadow Business Secretary & Labour MP for Streatham
=6 Adam Afriyie Politician Public, Third Sector & Education Conservative MP for Windsor
7 Baroness Doreen Lawrence Activist Public, Third Sector & Education Director of the Stephen Lawrence Trust
=8 Idris Elba Actor & Producer Media, Publishing & Entertainment Actor
9 Steve McQueen, CBE Film Director Media, Publishing & Entertainment Artist & Director of 12 Years a Slave
10 Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE Space Scientist Public, Third Sector & Education Academic Researcher at University College London

2013 Rankings[edit]

The sixth annual Powerlist edition was announced in October 2012, ranking Britons who have "the ability to alter events and change lives in a positive way" and 20,000 hard copies were distributed to schools across the UK.[30]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 David Adjaye, OBE Architect Arts, Fashion & Design Designer of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC
2 Pat McGrath Make-up Artist Arts, Fashion & Design founder of Pat McGrath Labs
3 Mo Farah, MBE Athlete Sports Olympic Gold Medalist
4 Ken Olisa,OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chair of Restoration Partners & Non-executive chairman of Thomson Reuters
5 Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
6 Sandie Okoro Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Global general counsel of Barings LLC
7 Karen Blackett,OBE Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of MediaCom UK
8 Chuka Umunna Politician Public, Third Sector & Education Shadow Business Secretary & Labour MP for Streatham
9 Rev John Sentamu Religious Leader Public, Third Sector & Education Archbishop of York
10 Idris Elba Actor & Producer Media, Publishing & Entertainment Actor

2012 Rankings[edit]

The 2012 Powerlist edition was announced in November 2011, and the judging panel was chaired by Baroness Amos ranking Tidjane Thiam, CEO of FTSE 100 company Prudential plc.[31]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
2 Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
3 Vivian Hunt Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director at McKinsey & Company
4 David Adjaye, OBE Architect Arts, Fashion & Design Designer of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC
5 Dr Yvonne Greenstreet Doctor & Businessperson Science, Medicine and Engineering Senior VP of medicines development at Pfizer
6 Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
7 Ken Olisa,OBE Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chair of Thomson Reuters & The Powerlist Foundation
8 Sandie Okoro Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Global general counsel of Barings LLC
9 Bernard Mensah Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Head of emerging markets at BofA Securities
10 Idris Elba Actor & Producer Media, Publishing & Entertainment Actor

2011 Powerlist[edit]

The 2011 Powerlist had a panel including Baroness Amos and Kwame Kwei-Armah who ranked Tidjane Thiam, CEO of FTSE 100 company Prudential plc first, with Diane Abbott MP ranking ninth.[32]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
2 Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
3 Vivian Hunt Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director at McKinsey & Company
4-8 Data Not Available
9 Diane Abbott, MP Politician Politics, Law and Religion Shadow Minister for Public Health and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
10 Data Not Available

2010 Powerlist[edit]

The 2010 Powerlist was released in September 2009 and marked the beginning of the annual list being published in the Autumn prior. The launch took place in the Cabinet room at 10 Downing Street and now included men & women in a single table.[33][34][35][36]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales
2 Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
3 Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
4 Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
5 Ken Olisa Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chair of Restoration Partners, Non-Executive Director of Thomson Reuters and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
6 Trevor Faure Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Global Head of Legal, Ernst & Young
7 Claire Ighodaro Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Independent Director
8 Vivian Hunt Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director at McKinsey & Company
9 Rev John Sentamu Religious Leader Public, Third Sector & Education Archbishop of York
10 Tsega Gebreyes Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chair of Satya Capital

2000's[edit]

Prior to 2010, the Powerlist had a different format and was published in conjunction with newspaper The New Nation. During its first few years, separate top 10 rankings were produced for both female and male candidates. In addition, top-ranking individuals were not promoted to the 'Hall of Fame', meaning they could continue to be ranked the following year.[37]

2008 Powerlist[edit]

The 2008 Powerlist was compiled of 50 men and 50 women by a judging panel that included Baroness Amos and Kwame Kwei-Armah. It was published in October 2008 by Powerful Media sponsored by JP Morgan, and was the first annual powerlist report. Copies were sold in store and sent to the UK's 1000 largest companies with a reception held at the Foreign Office to celebrate those on the list. To qualify, entrants had to be a British citizen or based in Britain.[38]

Top 10 Men[edit]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
2 Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
3 Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
4 Rev John Sentamu Religious Leader Public, Third Sector & Education Archbishop of York
5 Trevor Phillips Politician Politics, Law and Religion Chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights
6 David Lammy Politician Politics, Law and Religion Minister for Skills & Labour MP
7 Rio Ferdinand Footballer Sport Professional Footballer for Manchester United and the England national football team
8 Ken Olisa Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
9 David Adjaye Architect Arts, Fashion & Design Designer of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
10 Daniel Alexander, QC Barrister Politics, Law and Religion Barrister

Top 10 Women[edit]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales
2 Claire Ighodaro Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Independent Director
3 Michelle Ogundehin Editor Media, Publishing and Entertainment Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration
4 Vivian Hunt Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director at McKinsey & Company
5 Pat McGrath Make-up Artist Arts, Fashion & Design founder of Pat McGrath Labs
6 Carol Lake Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Managing director and co-head of marketing at JP Morgan
7 Diane Abbott Politician Politics, Law and Religion First Black Female MP, Labour MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington
8 Tandy Anderson Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Co-founder of Select Model Management
9 Sonita Alleyne Businessperson Media, Publishing and Entertainment Director of Somethin' Else
10 Abigail Blackburn Editor Media, Publishing and Entertainment Editor of Now Magazine

2007 Powerlist[edit]

The first edition of the Powerlist was compiled after six months of research and debate where 400 people of influence were whittled down to 50 women and 50 men, then ranked into respective top tens and announced in August 2007.[39]

Top 10 Men[edit]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Damon Buffini Businessperson & Philanthropist Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Private equity baron at Permira
2 Dr Mo Ibrahim Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Chairman & Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
3 Michael Prest Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Oil Tycoon
4 Tidjane Thiam Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of Prudential plc
5 Stanley Musesengwa Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs CEO of FTSE 100 Company, Tate & Lyle
6 Trevor Faure Lawyer Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs VP & General Counsel of Tyco International
7 Rev John Sentamu Religious Leader Public, Third Sector & Education Archbishop of York
8 Lewis Hamilton & Anthony Hamilton Formula 1 Driver & Manager Sport First Black Formula 1 Driver
9 David Lammy Politician Politics, Law and Religion Minister for Skills & Labour MP
10 Lee Jasper Civil Servant Politics, Law and Religion Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities to the Mayor of London

Top 10 Women[edit]

Rank Individual Occupation Category Notability
1 Baroness Scotland Attorney General Politics, Law and Religion First Female & Black person to be Attorney General for England and Wales
2 Baroness Amos Labour Peer Politics, Law and Religion First Black Female Leader of the House of Lords, Cabinet minister and joint-first black woman peer
3 Heather Rabbatts Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Executive Chair Millwall F.C. & Governor of London School of Economics
4 Naomi Campbell Supermodel Arts, Fashion and Design Influential Supermodel
5 Claire Ighodaro Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Director of Banking Code Standards Board
6 Baroness Howells Labour Peer Politics, Law and Religion First Black Female on Greater London Council's training board & Governor of the University of Greenwich
7 Tandy Anderson Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Co-founder of Select Model Management
8 Carol Lake Businessperson Business, Corporate, Financiers & Entrepreneurs Managing director and co-head of marketing at JP Morgan
9 Michelle Ogundehin Editor Media, Publishing and Entertainment Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration
10 Sonita Alleyne Businessperson Media, Publishing and Entertainment Director of Somethin' Else

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