Sunday 24 January 2016 12:21 pm

Debrett’s 500 most influential people: Who’s in and who’s out in business and finance – Mark Carney and Richard Branson joined by Neil Woodford and Nemat Shafik


I'm City A.M.'s award-winning technology editor, covering everything from happenings at Apple and Google to the latest London startup. In particular fintech, blockchain, artifical intelligence, driverless cars, virtual reality and the sharing economy get me out of bed in the morning. I'm always trying to illustrate stories with pictures of dogs. Sometimes with some success. I was named technology journalist of the year at the UK Tech Awards.

I'm City A.M.'s award-winning technology editor, covering everything from happenings at Apple and Google to the latest London startup. In particular fintech, blockchain, artifical intelligence, driverless cars, virtual reality and the sharing economy get me out of bed in the morning. I'm always trying to illustrate stories with pictures of dogs. Sometimes with some success. I was named technology journalist of the year at the UK Tech Awards.

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The City movers and shakers of the year have been named by Debrett's, in its annual list of the most influential people in the world – from actors and writers to scientists and politicians.

In business and finance, it's a who's who of the top men and women at the biggest companies and the most powerful names in finance.

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New entries into the business and finance list include,  Gatwick chief Stewart Wingate, Berkeley chief and founder Tony Pidgley who also recently landed City A.M.'s business personality of the year award, and business group bosses Carolyn Fairbairn and Lady Barbara Judge. Neil Woodford and new Standard Chartered boss Bill Winters also earned a place at the top.

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Meanwhile, there were some who failed to reappear on the 2016 list after a tough year. Commodities bosses slipped out alongside those who exited their high-profile positions – Rolls-Royce's John Rishton and Barclays' Sir Mike Rake and Anthony Jenkins among them.


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Robert Peston, however, has been bumped from the finance list to journalism following his jump from the BBC to ITV.

Also joining the ranks of those in Debrett's politics list is business secretary Sajid Javid and London mayoral hopefuls Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith. Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings and Lord Stuart Rose of the Britain Stronger campaign also make the list ahead of the EU referendum.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has replaced Alex Salmond, while George Osborne's star must be rising as he makes a new entry on the list in 2016.

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