These are the world's most powerful LGBT business people

These are the world's most powerful LGBT business people

A woman has topped the annual power list of LGBT business executives for the first time ever.

Lloyd's of London chief executive Inga Beale is also the first bisexual person to grace the top spot of the 2015 Leading 100 LGBT Executives list, compiled by OUTstanding and the Financial Times.

Each entry was scored on their impact on LGBT rights inside and outside the workplace, as well as the power and influence of their role and business achievements. The list aims to identify LGBT role models to challenge the assumption that the corporate world is only for straight men.

Beale, the first ever female CEO at Lloyd's, was awarded the honour for both her business acumen and her work launching diversity schemes Inclusion@Lloyds and Pride@Lloyds, as well as support of LGBT employee insurance schemes.

Coming in second was Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas, and in third place was HSBC's UK and European chief, Antonio Simoes.

The top ten are below and you can check out the full rankings here.

1. Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd's of London

2. Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas

3. Antonio Simoes, UK and Europe Chief, HSBC

4. Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics

5. Claudia Brind-Woody, Vice President and Managing Director,


6. Paul Reed, CEO, Integrated Supply and Trading division, BP

7. Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy,

Ernst and Young

8. Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative and CEO, Burberry

9. Anthony Watson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Uphold

10. Sander van‘t Noordende, Group Chief Executive Products, Accenture

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