Steve Varley, UK & Ireland Chief Executive of accounting and consulting firm EY, has been named one of the 1,000 most influential people of London. George Osborne is according to the jury the most influential person in London, followed by city Mayor Boris Johnson and article intelligence entrepreneur Demis Hassabis.
For a number of years now the Evening Standard newspaper publishes, in association with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the Francis Crick Institute, a list of the most influential people of London. The ranking, known as ‘The 1,000 most influential Londoners’, is compiled by independent jury – which consists of editors, critics and journalists. Winners are listed across in total 34 categories, including among others ‘tech stars’, ‘dance’, ‘sport’, ‘music’, ‘journalism’ and ‘medicine’.
In the category that highlights business and finance professionals (‘Capitalists’), the jury have listed more than 20 executives, of which the majority work in financial services (e.g. Bank of England, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group). The list also contains one representative from the consulting industry: Steve Varley, Chief Executive of EY in the UK & Ireland. For Varley it is the second prestigious recognition in just a week’s time – lately he was named a top 20 most influential ‘ally’ by OUTstanding in Business, a UK-based non-profit networking group that campaigns for LGBT rights in the workplace.
An overview of the top 20 most powerful Londoners (overall ranking):
1. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
2. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
3. Demis Hassabis, Deep Mind Technologies founder
4. Amal Clooney, Barrister
5. Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
6. Theresa May, Home Secretary
7. Prince Harry
8. Sir Paul Nurse, Francis Crick Institute chief executive
9. Victoria Beckham, United Nations goodwill ambassador
10. David Cameron, Prime Minister
11. Sir Peter Hendy, Transport Commissioner
12. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
13. Ed Miliband, Labour leader
14. Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director
15. Andre Balazs, Chiltern Firehouse restaurateur and hotelier
16. Kate Bush, performer
17. José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
18. Stephen Hawking, scientist
19. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner
20. Benedict Cumberbatch, actor