News 18 November 2020

Lewis Hamilton Named Most Influential Black Person In The UK

18 November 2020

Lewis Hamilton has been named as the most influential black person in the UK.

The Formula One champion has topped the 2021 Powerlist, which is an annual list that honours the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK.

This year, the list focused on two themes which have affected black people globally – coronavirus and racial injustice.

News of Hamilton’s top spot on the Powerlist comes days after he won Formula One’s World Championship for a record-equalling seventh time.

Also making the top 10 of 2021 Powerlist are the likes of Stormzy, Michaela Coel, David Olusoga OBE and more.

“Everyone on this list is so inspiring and leading in their own industry,” said Hamilton. “I’m honestly thrilled to be mentioned alongside them.”

Chief Executive of Powerful Media, Michael Eboda, said: “The judges actually wanted to make it clear this year’s top 10 was quite deliberately different from years in the past.

“I think in the past it has been a lot more corporate- and business-focused, whereas this year it was about the two main issues that have affected black communities globally, which are Covid and Black Lives Matter.”

Check out the top 10 of the 2021 Powerlist below.

The Powerlist 2021 top 10:

1. Lewis Hamilton MBE – seven-time Formula One world champion.
2. Prof Kevin Fenton – regional director, PHE London.
3. Stormzy – grime artist, philanthropist.
4. Michaela Coel – actor, screenwriter, director.
5. Edward Enninful OBE – editor-in-chief, British Vogue.
6. Dame Donna Kinnair – chief executive and general secretary, Royal College of Nursing.
7. Jacqueline McKenzie – director at Centre for Migration Advice and Research and McKenzie, Beute and Pope.
8. David Olusoga – historian, joint creative director of Uplands Television.
9. Afua Hirsch – journalist, author, broadcaster.
10. Richard Iferenta – partner and vice-chair, KPMG.