A list of the 50 Most Influential Black Men & 50 Most Influential Black Women in the UK has been published to dispel the myth that there are few savvy black movers and shakers in Britain.

The Power List, features exhaustively researched profiles of and interviews with black African and Caribbean men and women in the UK, who have attained a high level of success within their various professions (law, medicine, business, finance, and the media among others), and who also wield major influence above and beyond that.

The list includes directors of companies such as Select models, JP Morgan, and Proctor & Gamble, a government minister, the Archbishop of York and top media executives.

Such is the power and influence of those on the list, that their accumulative wealth is estimated to exceed a staggering £1 billion. The annual publication will be available to purchase from this week at selected WH Smith and Borders bookstores and newsagents, and can also be downloaded as an ezine from

Alexander AmosuThe Men’s List: Top 10

1. Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder & Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

2. Tidjane Thiam, Group Finance Director, Prudential

3. Damon Buffini, Chairman, Permira

4. Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

5. Trevor Phillips, Chairman CEHR

6. David Lammy, Skills Minister (DIUS)

7. Rio Ferdinand, Footballer, Manchester United and England

8. Kenneth Olisa, Director, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

9. David Adjaye, Architect

10. Daniel Alexander QC, Barrister

Presenter and broadcaster Trisha GoddardThe Women’s List: Top 10

1. Baroness Scotland,  Attorney General

2. Claire Ighodaro, Independent Director

3. Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decoration

4. Vivian Hunt, Director, McKinsey & Co

5. Pat McGrath, Global Cosmetics Design Director, Proctor & Gamble

6. Carol Lake, Managing Director: Head of Philanthropy, JPMorgan

7. Diane Abbott, Labour MP

8. Tandy Anderson, Co-founder/CEO Select Models

9. Sonita Alleyne, Director, Somethin’ Else

10. Abigail Blackburn, Editor, Now magazine


  1. Love these lists but would have liked to have seen Baroness Amos in the womens list and Tim Campbell in the men. Amos has been repping black women in politics for year and her grace in public speaking is supreme. Tim Campbell (1st apprentice winner) is also a titan of inspiration in black Britain, has set up a great foundation that gives back to the community and holds him self with the classiest swagger on road.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. To be honest, i don’t understand this list, where is the Tim Campbell’s, Jordan Kensington, Kanya King, this are multi-successful entrepreneurs. This list doesn;t really make any sense!

  3. As 23 year old black Tottenham resident who has lived under Bernie Grant and D Lammy. I take personal offence to him being on this list for the simple fact that he is a bad constituency MP and has done nothing to really encourage politic activity from black ppl. He merely used Tottenham as a oneway ticket to Gordon Brown’s ….

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