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Boris tops list of influential Londoners

London Mayor Boris Johnson. Photo: PA

Mayor Boris Johnson has topped the Evening Standard's annual list of the 1,000 most influential people in London, for the third year running, pulling further ahead of David Cameron.

The panel of specialist reporters and critics which picks The 1000 said the Mayor's stature had grown since his re-election in May and his role in the hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA

Two years ago, Mr Johnson and Mr Cameron were jointly named as the most influential, but last year the Mayor topped the list alone as the Prime Minister and the Coalition faced mounting political turmoil at Westminster.

Other leading figures from the Olympics also feature heavily in the top 20 of The 1000, with film director Danny Boyle, who devised the opening ceremony, in fifth place.

Lord Coe, the chairman of the Olympic Organising Committee, Mo Farah, the double gold medal-winning runner, and Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the stunning cauldron in the Olympic Stadium, have also gained influence.

Lord Coe. Credit: PA

The 1000 also recognises the importance of the creative industries, such as fashion, design, music and publishing, to the capital's economy.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig, EL James, author of the record-breaking Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and the rapper and musician Plan B, who has spoken out about gangs and education, are among the other names to feature in the top 20.

Dame Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson, also makes the list after pulling off the £2 billion merger between Penguin and Random House.

However, Ms Scardino, the first woman chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, will be stepping down next year after 16 years at the helm.

Stella McCartney, designer of Team GB's Olympic outfits, and Angela Ahrendts, the chief executive of British fashion's biggest luxury brand, Burberry, also make it into the top 20.

The Queen was included in the top 10 because of the huge importance of the Diamond Jubilee to the capital, while the Duchess of Cambridge was chosen - ahead of her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry - because of her influence with charities and in the fashion world.

Among politicians, Labour leader Ed Miliband jumped from 11th to third place, leapfrogging Chancellor George Osborne and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who have both slipped down the list because of their political woes.

The top 20: politics meets Mo and Coe

  • 1. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • 2. David Cameron, Prime Minister
  • 3. Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition
  • 4. George Osborne, Chancellor
  • 5. Danny Boyle, film director
  • 6. Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England
  • 7. Lord Coe, British Olympic Association chairman
  • 8. Mo Farah, double Olympic gold medallist
  • 9. The Queen
  • 10. Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner
  • 11. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
  • 12. Angela Ahrendts, Burberry chief executive
  • 13. Thomas Heatherwick, designer
  • 14. EL James, author, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • 15. Dame Marjorie Scardino, Pearson chief executive
  • 16. Stella McCartney, designer
  • 17. Daniel Craig, actor
  • 18. Plan B, rapper
  • 19. Armando Iannucci, TV screenwriter of The Thick Of It and Veep
  • 20. Duchess of Cambridge

The full list is due to be published by the Evening Standard tomorrow.

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