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London's One Thousand Most Influential People 2009


The London Evening Standard today launches the third edition of The 1000. The magazine celebrates the 1000 people who are doing most to shape and change London.

Geordie Greig, Editor of the London Evening Standard, says, “London leads the world because of its excellence in many things –but above all, it leads because it is a centre of influence. Many of the people profiled in this year’s guide are national and international leaders; all of them recognise the capital’s pull on the influential.”

The expenses scandal has left its mark on Politics, with big changes to the list. Jacqui Smith falls off the list after being caught in the epicentre of the scandal. James Purnell and Caroline Flint are also out after their cabinet resignations, but Sir Thomas Legg’s role is recognised with a place on the list. New speaker John Bercow is another new entry, as is Lord Mandelson who cements his rise back up the political ranks.

Two prominent models have been added to the Fashion list this year. Up and coming Lily Donaldson and veteran Naomi Campbell are both new entries, as is the designer who has won the hearts of both Sarah Brown and Samantha Cameron, Erdem Moralioglu. Other designers that are new to the list include Alexander McQueen and Ozwald Boateng. Television presenter and fashion stylist Gok Wan’s lower profile this year has seen him drop off the list.
Several of London’s best-loved restaurateurs have joined the ranks of the influential Foodies this year. Fergus Henderson of St John and Sir Terence Conran are new entries. They are joined by Gordon Ramsay’s ex right-hand man Marcus Wareing and the men who pioneered the pop-up restaurant trend, Pablo Flack and David Waddington.

In Tycoons and Retailers, bringing together last year’s business and retail categories, James Caan and Theo Paphitis join their Dragon’s Den colleague Peter Jones on the list this year.

The New Media world is a fast moving one, and this is reflected in a high number of new entries. Sir Tim Berners-Lee was this year appointed as government advisors, while Daniel Ek helms the increasingly popular Spotify. Stephen Fry is also recognised for his influential twittering.

Danny Boyle’s Oscar triumph propels him into the Film category. He is joined this year by a huge range of talent, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Film4 supremo Tessa Ross, the newly rejuvenated Guy Ritchie and increasingly brilliant Thandie Newton.

This year the Music section has been divided into Rock & Pop and Classical. New entries to the former include this year’s breakthrough stars Florence Welch, La Roux and Tinchy Stryder. Influential industry new entries include Feargal Sharkey, who is at the forefront of the drive for a piracy clampdown. Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal also make their first appearances. In the classical category, soprano Kate Royal and tenor James Gilchrist join others including opera director David Alden and composer Sir Harrison Birtwhistle as new entries.

Last year’s TV & Radio category has been expanded to include all Media influencers. Cheryl Cole makes her first appearance in the influentials list after her all-conquering appearances on the X-Factor. Newspapers Editors including James Harding, Dominic Mohan and Will Lewis are listed for the first time. Evan Davis loses his spot, but his Today programme colleague James Naughtie takes his place. Matt Lucas and David Walliams are also recognised for their continuing influence on British comedy and television.
The 24 categories represented in the magazine, out on Wednesday 11th November are: Running London, New Media, The City, Tycoons and Retailers, Art & Design, Foodies, Classical Music, Pop & Rock, Politics, Fashion, Literati, Property, Film, Theatre (including Dance), Law, Environment, Health, Education, Sport, Media, Gatekeepers & Fixers, Faith and Philanthropy, Most Invited and the Private Jet Set. This year, the categories do not contain a top five or an up-and-coming section.

Gideon Spanier, Editor of The 1000 London’s Most Influential People 2009, said: “"We are spoiled for choice in a city of eight million people trying to decide who are the 1000 most influential people. This year's choices reflect the fact that life in the capital is changing faster than ever because of the recession and the turmoil in the City. While some established names have faded from view, we have seen new people making an impact as well as the re-emergence of some familiar faces." 


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