Sir Lenny Henry, Stormzy and Michaela Coel are among the most influential black people in the UK – but a history-making businesswoman has taken the top spot.
The Powerlist, published every year since 2007, identifies the UK’s most powerful people of African, Caribbean and African American heritage.
The list for 2023 includes actors Mr. Lenny64 and Idris Elba50 years old, actress and screenwriter Coel35, 29 years old, rapper StormzyUK Cybersecurity Council director Simon Hepburn and footballer Marcus Rashford.
But The Powerlist 2023 has been headed by John Lewis Partnership President Dame Sharon White.
Dame Sharon, 55, who was the department store chain’s first female president, said: “It’s been an unbelievable honor to be selected to receive this year’s Powerlist Awards – especially given the contributions that have been made. outstanding contributions of other nominees.
“My hope is that we can remove randomness from social mobility – everyone has the opportunity to be who they want to be in life, with their background a source of pride. not a disadvantage.”
Also featuring in The Powerlist’s top 10 is podcast host and Dragons Den star Steven Bartlett.
The list’s organizers say it was put in place “to showcase black role models to young people”.
Many of those in the newly announced collection, such as former professional football player and sports presenter Alex Scott and the Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuyahas also been prominent in previous years.
Among those who appeared for the first time were the Bank of England’s chief financial officer Afua Kyei and senior adviser Tangy Morgan, as well as the UK’s Cybersecurity Council chair, Dr Claudia Natanson.
Raheem Sterling, Edward Enninful, David Lammy and Munroe Bergdorf are also on the list.
The Powerlist was selected by an independent panel of judges headed by chairwoman Dame Linda Dobbs, a judicial commissioner and former Supreme Court justice.
The jury also featured businessman and the winner of the first The Apprentice series, Tim Campbell.
Michael Eboda, chief executive officer of Powerful Media, which published The Powerlist 2023, said it was “a premier showcase, acknowledgment and reminder of great individuals of African, Caribbean and African heritage and heritage. African-Americans we have in the UK”.
He added that Dame Sharon was an example of “true excellence”.
“She’s been able to make a huge impact at one of the leading retail companies in the UK, which is truly remarkable. I applaud the amazing work she’s doing.”
Sir Lenny was also honored at this year’s Ethnic Awards.
He is named with Sir Mo FarahThe 39-year-old, who won a Sports Trailblazer Award for using his platform to speak out against discrimination after his revelation earlier this year he was trafficked to England when he was 8 years old.
Sir Lenny, 64, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for advocating racial equality and community support during his long career as an actor, broadcaster and comedian .
Olympic track and field athlete Dina Asher-Smith, 26, was awarded Sports Personality of the Year for sharing her experience of racism, and Alison Hammond, 47, was awarded the presenter award. of year.
Emeli Sande35 years old, received the Musical Artist of the Year Award for “fighting discrimination and equality”, while Azeem Rafiq31, was awarded the Media Impact Award for speaking out about the racial abuse and bullying he experienced at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.