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 is an editor and a creative writer. Her passions include music, theatre, art and reading. Her motto is “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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