Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP has been revealed as the UK’s most influential south Asian for the second year running, in the GG2 Power 101, the annual listing of the 101 most powerful Asians in the UK….reports Asian Lite News
Speaking of his top position in the list, Javid commented: “This year, I’d like to dedicate this award to the next generation, the younger generation. Young British Asians that have achieved so much in every walk of British life, whether that’s politics, business, culture, arts or sport.”
The GG2 Power 101 features the top 101 most influential Asians in the UK, ranging from all walks of life. Now in its fifth year, the list honours some notable British Asians who hold power and influence not just in Britain, but also globally.
Sajid was born in Rochdale and grew up in Bristol. A determined young man, Javid had a hugely successful career in banking and only joined the political scene in 2010 – a meteoric rise in such a short space of time. At the GG2 Leadership Awards last year, Prime Minister David Cameron, who was the chief guest, said he would one day like to see an Asian prime minister. Could Javid be the man he has in mind? Javid appears to be a real contender for the top job, although he may have to wait for Mr Osborne to take his turn first.
This year’s list also sees Priti Patel MP climb further up the list to the number 3 position – officially making her the most powerful Asian woman in the country and making this the first ever Cabinet attended by two second generation south Asians. Not one to be left behind, London Mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan MP is waving the flag for the Labour Party in 6th position this year.
The top 10 of the GG2 Power 101 alone sees some distinguished names across different sectors – including media and entertainment and business, as well as two Nobel Prize Winners. Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Sir Venky) who has received a Nobel Prize for Chemistry, jumps an incredible 47 places to number 5 on the list. Earlier this year Sir Venky as he likes to be known, was elected president of the Royal Society, the first Indian to hold this post in 350 years.
The second Nobel winner is the inspiring young activist Malala Yousafzai, who celebrates the launch of her forthcoming documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’ next month and at just 18 years old, remains the youngest entry on the list.
Interestingly, the second youngest person on the list is another woman – 20-year-old Neelam Gill – a new entry at number 87, who has successfully turned heads on the catwalk as the first British Indian model to have been signed by a major fashion label, Burberry. With 15 individuals under the age of 35, including music moguls Zayn Malik, Naughty Boy and Anoushka Shankar, the PM’s director of Strategy Ameet Gill, SNP MPHumza Yousaf Labour MP Shabana Mahmood and sports stars Moeen Ali, Amir Khanand Neil Taylor, – it shows that the younger generation are stepping out into new industries and creating their own history.
The media, arts and music industry have even stronger representation this year withAmol Rajan, editor of The Independent, jumping three places to number 13 in this year’s list. The list features a total of 20 individuals from the media and entertainment sectors including torchbearers Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Krishnan Gurumurthy, but also sees the addition of film and theatre director Gurinder Chadha who has had an amazing year, actor Dev Patel, film director Asif Kapadia and Channel 4’s new deputy news editor Shaminder Nahal.
As well as the film industry increasing its representation, this year’s list sees a total of 26 new entries that clearly shift the balance of power among the industry’s stalwarts. The highest of this year’s new entries at number 30, is Baroness Shriti Vadera who created history earlier this year, when she became the first woman to become chairman of a UK bank. Appointed to her role as chairman of Santander late last year, she formally eased into the chairman’s seat in March this year.
Girl Power is alive and kicking this year, with a total of 23 women featured in the list. This year’s women are fairly evenly split between the worlds of politics, campaigning and the media & entertainment industry. Many of the women in the list this year are household names, from BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty to musicianAnoushka Shankar as well as leading campaigners and vocal voices of Shami Chakrabarti and Yasmin Alibhai Brown – this year’s list sees strong, dedicated women standing strong.