The 10 most influential black people in Britain

Katie Grant@kt_grant
Tuesday 24 November 2015 13:50
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Businessman Ken Olisa has been named the most influential black person in Britain.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London has topped the Powerlist 2016, the annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage in Britain.

Mr Olisa, 64, is responsible for organising London's royal events and advancing social inclusion in the capital. He was also the first black Briton to serve as a director at a FTSE 100 company, with Thomson Reuters.

He beat high-profile figures including Sir Lenny Henry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Lewis Hamilton and Mo Farah to the top spot on the list.

Powerlist 2016 publisher Michael Eboda said: "I salute the truly inspirational men and women in this year's magazine. Ken is a wonderful role model who highlights the exceptional talent in black communities."

Powerlist 2016 top ten:

1. Ken Olisa, OBE, founder, Restoration Partners and Lord-Lieutenant Greater London

2. Sir Lenny Henry, comedian

3. Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom

4. Steve McQueen, film director

5. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driver

6. Baroness Doreen Lawrence, justice campaigner

7. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, scientist

8. Mo Farah, athlete

9. Dr Sandie Okoro, global general counsel of HSBC Asset Management

10. Adrian Joseph, MD, customer solutions and innovation at Google for northern and central Europe

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