20 most influential businesspeople in the UK in 2015


Every year, toffs’ favourite etiquette guide Debrett’s produces a list of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

Here are the top 20 most influential businesspeople.

Karren Brady


Richard Branson

Businessman and Philanthropist

Alison Carnwath

Chairman, Land Securities

Vittorio Colao

Chief Executive, Vodafone Group

Bob Dudley

Group Chief Executive, BP

Moya Greene

CEO, Royal Mail

Ivan Glasenberg

CEO, Glencore Xstrata

Dido Harding

Chief Executive, TalkTalk

David Higgins

Executive Chairman, High Speed 2

John Holland-Kaye

CEO, Heathrow Airport

Vivian Hunt

Principal, McKinsey & Company

Robert MacLeod

Chief Executive, Johnson Matthey

Carolyn McCall

CEO, Easyjet

Lakshmi Mittal

Chairman and CEO, Arcelor Mittal

Alison Nimmo

Chief Executive of the Crown Estate

John Parker

Chairman, Anglo American

Gavin Patterson

CEO, BT Group

Michael Rake


John Rishton

CEO, Rolls-Royce

Simon Segars

CEO, ARM Holdings


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