Women come top of Financial Power list 2013

TWO influential women have stormed to the top of the annual Financial Power list produced by Accountancy Age.

The list aims to rate the most influential movers and shakers in accounting and finance.

Previously no woman has ever topped the list, let alone occupied the top two slots.

So who are these winning women? At the number one spot is HMRC chief executive Lin Homer. The Capitalist cannot help but think this one is a rather odd choice, given all the recent talk of HMRC’s supposed impotence in the face of multinationals such as Starbucks and Google. Somewhat alarmingly, the listmakers insist: “It would be safe to say it has been a baptism of fire for the chief executive of HMRC. Having now got her feet well and truly under the table, the coming year is a big one for the Revenue.” Brace yourselves.

Coming in just behind the taxwoman is Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge in second place.

Chancellor George Osborne is down in seventh place, still well above the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, who is placed down at number 16.