English football player Marcus Rashford and actor Daniel Kaluuya have been on the list of Britain’s most influential blacks, and are head of Microsoft’s corporate vice president and digital chief Jacky Wright.
Powerlist 2022 also featured writer and actress Michaela Coel, comedian Sir Lenny Henry, and television host Alex Scott.
Ms. Wright topped the rankings “for the greatness of her work,” according to a statement.
“He was felt to be one of the handful of people who changed the world by bringing the digital revolution to ordinary people all over the planet,” he added.
Ms. Wright said, “I am truly honored to have been awarded the number one spot in The Powerlist 2022.
“I am proud to stand by these great leaders of African and African Caribbean heritage, but I remind you that we still have a long way to go.
“Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that we not only act as role models so that future generations can envision who and what they can be, but more importantly, we need to make monumental changes to create a more egalitarian society.”
Powerlist was founded in 2007 to “show young black role models” and is published in book form annually by Powerful Media, according to organizers.
CEO Michael Eboda said: “Powerlist continues to be a wonderful showcase, appreciation and reminder of the amazing individuals of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage we have in the UK, and I would like to congratulate everyone on the list.
“Jacky Wright is a true professional who fully deserves recognition as Britain’s strongest black Briton in Powerlist 2022.
“He is a shining example of professional excellence and this is evident in the roles he has been assigned throughout his illustrious career.
“He’s a role model to many and I appreciate the great work he’s done at Microsoft.”
Rashford is second on the new list, and Kaluuya is fourth.
Also in the top five is Anne Mensah, vice president of content for Netflix UK, in third place, with Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health England, London, in fifth place.
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