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  • GG2 Power 101 reveals most powerful Asians

    Courtesy of the Asian Media and Marketing Group, the GG2 Power List unveiled the most powerful Asians in Britain. 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai took the top spot as the most powerful Asian of 2014.

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    "There are a lot of strong, influential and powerful people whose hard work goes unrecognised."

    Youth and female power reside at the top of the GG2 Power 101 List, showcasing the most powerful Asians in Britain.

    Comprising of a mixture of business, media, entertainment and political figures, the list uncovers those Asians who have made the biggest impact on British society. It is perhaps no surprise that 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai has topped the 2014 list.

    Formerly of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala has been a resident of Birmingham for the past two years following a narrow escape from Taliban gunmen who shot her in the head while she was riding in a school bus with friends.

    Malala YousafzaiSince her miraculous recovery at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, Malala has continued her social and political activism in an attempt to spearhead education for all.

    Attending a number of high profile human rights events, conferences and summits both here in the UK and America, Malala has swiftly become one of the most influential teenagers on the planet.

    Complied by the Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG), Malala is a new addition; the only female in the Top 10, and taking the top spot from Labour MP Keith Vaz who now sits in second position.

    Industrialist Lakshmi Mittal and the Hinduja brothers take third and fourth place respectively. One Direction star, Zayn Malik has also proved that his global success alongside his non-Asian bandmates has been truly worthwhile as he ranks at number 7.

    Kalpesh Solanki, Editor of the Power List, says: “It’s fantastic to see so much ethnic success in Britain. There are a lot of strong, influential and powerful people whose hard work goes unrecognised.”

    “These awards ceremonies are highly significant as it’s incredibly important for us to keep recognising and rewarding ethnic achievements in the country.”

    Power 101 Asians

    The full list is an interesting one to explore as it indicates how younger generations of Asians are making a significant impact on society, and in many cases are now giving the established Asian veterans of the UK a run for their money.

    In particular, through the likes of Malala and Zayn, Naughty Boy, Jay Sean, Imran Khan, Amir Khan, Riz Ahmed, Jameela Jamil, Adil Ray and Radio DJ Nihal, all of whom have made the list.

    Here is the full GG2 Power 101 List for 2014:

    1. Malala Yousafzai (Activist)
    2. Keith Vaz (Politician)
    3. Lakshmi Mittal (Industrialist)
    4. SP and GP Hinduja (Businessmen)
    5. Sajid Javid (Politician)
    6. Anshu Jain (Businessman)
    7. Zayn Malik (Musician)
    8. Sadiq Khan (Politician)
    9. Dr Yusuf Hamied (Businessman and Scientist)
    10. SP Lohia (Businessman and Philanthropist)
    11. Shailesh Vara
    12. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
    13. Alok Sharma
    14. George Alagiah
    15. Amartya Sen
    16. Priti Patel
    17. Paul Uppal
    18. Rakesh Kapoor
    19. Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE
    20. Mishal Husain
    21. Lord Paul and Angad Paul
    22. Lord Rumi Verjee
    23. Sir Suma Chakrabarti
    24. Meera Syal MBE and Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE
    25. Ranjit Boparan
    26. Sir Anish Kapoor CBE
    27. Rajesh Satija
    28. Ameet Gill
    29. Sir Anwar Pervez
    30. Shami Chakrabarti CBE
    31. Trustees of Neasden Temple
    32. Sudhir & Bhanu Choudhrie
    33. Nazir Afzal OBE
    34. Anil Agrawal
    35. Ivan Menezes
    36. Rabinder Singh QC
    37. Prof Tejinder Virdee
    38. Baroness Sandip Verma
    39. Ravi Chand OBE
    40. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
    41. Archie Panjabi
    42. Lord Dolar Popat
    43. Kishore Lulla
    44. Akeel Sachak
    45. Harpal Kumar
    46. Sonny Takhar
    47. Jameela Jamil
    48. Krishnan Gurumurthy
    49. MIA
    50. Dr Kartar Lalvani and Family
    51. Ashok Vaswani
    52. Sir Salman Rushdie
    53. Naughty Boy
    54. Nirj Deva
    55. Adil Ray
    56. Riz Ahmed
    57. Amol Rajan
    58. Cecil Balmond
    59. Akram Khan MBE
    60. Amit Bhatia
    61. Ritula Shah
    62. Ruby McGregor-Smith
    63. Rushanara Ali
    64. Amir Khan
    65. Nitin Sawhney
    66. Amal Pramanik
    67. Kuljinder Bahia
    68. Arun Batra
    69. Nihal Arthanayake
    70. Manish Bhasin
    71. Jay Sean
    72. Sanjay Shabi
    73. Jasminder Singh OBE
    74. James Caan
    75. Dr Rami Ranger
    76. Imran Khan
    77. Yasmin Alibhai Brown
    78. Dr Chai Patel
    79. Surinder Arora
    80. Dipankar Bhattacharjee
    81. Asif Kapadia
    82. Cyrus Todiwalla
    83. Janan Ganesh
    84. Ruby Hammer
    85. Farah Ramzan Golant
    86. Anas Sarwar
    87. Dr Kailash Chand
    88. Virendra Sharma
    89. Lord Gulam Noon
    90. Manoj Badale
    91. Lord Meghnad Desai and Kishwer Desai
    92. Anita Anand and Simon Singh
    93. Sailesh Mehta
    94. Gurinder Chadha OBE
    95. Indu Rubasingham
    96. Lolita Chakrabarti
    97. Cyrus and Priya Vandrevala
    98. Lord Karan Bilimoria
    99. Shabana Mahmood
    100. Lord Ajay Kakkar
    101. Prof Sugata Mitra

    The Power 101 list was revealed at the GG2 Leadership Awards on November 27, 2013. Numerous personalities from politics attended the London event including Nick Clegg and MPs Alok Sharma and Paul Uppal.

    DESIblitz were also there for some exclusive Gupshup with all the winners and stars. You can check out our special highlights of the GG2 Leadership Awards 2013 very soon.

    Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”


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