Powerlist 2008 set to change perceptions of Black People

Former Editorial Director of the Ethnic Media Group, Michael Eboda will today publish in partnership with JP Morgan the Powerlist 2008: Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People. Challenging the myth that there are no positive role models for black people, the list will unravel the successes of individuals often from humble backgrounds who are now inspirational figures.

The list, exhaustively researched for six months, was chosen from an original list of 500 nominees by a judging panel chaired by the former Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Amos and also including award-winning playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The list resides within a Powerlist 2008 publication, a 128-page glossy magazine, which comprises 100 biographies, several interviews and features.  The magazine will be officially launched at a reception sponsored by Thomson Reuters at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Wednesday, 8 October.  The Powerlist will be sent to Britain's 1,000 biggest companies and sold at WH Smith. It can also be viewed at www.powerlist2008.com

Speaking about the list , Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media Ltd, publishers of The Powerlist 2008, said: ‘The Powerlist is proof positive of the variety and depth of talent that lies within Britain’s black communities. People say there is a lack of role models, I think we have proved beyond all doubt that there isn’t; it’s just that nobody knew who they were.’

Topping the Men’s List is billionaire philanthropist Dr. Mo Ibrahim, the mobile phone magnate who set up a $5 million Prize for Achievement in African Leadership through his Mo Ibrahim Foundation. He is followed by Tidjane Thiam, Group Finance Director of Prudential and one of the insurance industry’s most dominant figures. Third spot is taken by private equity baron Damon Buffini, Chairman of Permira. Also in the Top 10 is Ken Olisa, the only black British director of a FTSE 100 company. Olisa is a non-executive director at Thomson Reuters and a director with Eurasian Natural Resources Corp, a recent £3bn IPO.

The 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

Topping the women’s list is Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General.  Claire Ighodaro, a director with many different organisations and the first female President of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is number two. Sonita Alleyne, who owns Britain's biggest radio production company outside the BBC, is also in the Top 10 as are two magazine editors – Michelle Ogundehin (Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decoration) and Abigail Blackburn (Editor, Now). Another Top 10 entrant is Pat McGrath (Global Cosmetics Design Director at Proctor & Gamble), who has been dubbed the most influential make-up artist in the world by fashion bible Vogue.

The 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


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