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Karen Blackett 'most influential black person in Britain'

Karen Blackett is CEO of MediaCom UK

London business woman Karen Blackett has been named as the most influential black person in Britain.

The 43 year old, who is CEO of Media Com UK, is the first ever business woman to top the Power list.

She beat Oscar winning director Steve McQueen, a Google executive and several MPs.

The top ten on the Powerlist 2015 are:

  • Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
  • Ken Olisa, Thomson Reuters, Powerlist Foundation charity
  • Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary (Labour MP, Streatham) / and Helen Grant, Minister for Sport and Tourism
  • Sandie Okoro, Global General Council, HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Steve McQueen, Artist/Director
  • Matthew Ryder QC
  • Sharon White, Second Permanent Secretary of the Treasury
  • Lenny Henry and Idris Elba
  • Adrian Joseph, Search Advertising Northern
  • Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 driver

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Englebert Humperdinck campaigns to give part of Soho protected status

He's better known for his smooth ballads than his political activism but Englebert Humperdinck flew into London to throw his weight behind a cause that means a lot to him.

He's backing a campaign to give Denmark Street in Soho protected status.

The street has a rich musical heritage. But traders there fear it could be under threat from the Crossrail development.

Toby Sadler spoke to the legendary crooner.

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"We intend to make the building even better" says new owner

"We intend to make the building even better" says new owner Safra Group Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

"The acquisition of 30 St Mary Axe is consistent with our real estate strategy of investing in properties that are truly special – at the best locations within great cities. While only ten years old, this building is already a London icon that is distinguished from others in the market, with excellent value growth potential. We intend to make the building even better and more desirable through active ownership that will lead to a range of enhancements that will benefit tenants."

– Safra Group

Building had guide price of £650m

The iconic skyscraper, at 30 St Mary Axe, is known as the Gherkin because of its distinctive shape.

According to the Financial Times, the group - headed by billionaire Brazilian businessman Joseph Safra - paid £726m for the 180m high Norman Foster-designed tower.

The building was put up for sale earlier this year with a guide price of £650m.

The Gherkin: the second tallest tower in the City of London Credit: John Walton/PA Archive

The Gherkin is the second tallest tower in the City of London and the sixth tallest in London.

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