Microsoft chief digital officer heads Powerlist 2022, with Netflix vice-president and Emmy and Oscar winners also named
Jacky Wright, the businesswoman named as the UK’s most influential black person, has called for “monumental shifts” to ensure Britain is a more equal place to live.
Wright, the London-born corporate vice-president and chief digital officer at Microsoft US, was given this year’s top spot on 14 October by the Powerlist 2022, the annual list of the UK’s most powerful people of African, African-Caribbean and African American heritage.
1 Jacky Wright Chief digital officer and corporate vice-president of Microsoft US
2 Marcus Rashford English and Manchester United footballer, and campaigner against child poverty and racism.
3 Anne Mensah Vice-president of Content UK at Netflix. She previously worked at Sky UK and the BBC.
4 Daniel Kaluuya (new) Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor for portrayal of the Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
5 Prof Kevin Fenton London regional director at Public Health England, who has played a key role highlighting Covid and inequality.
6 Steven Bartlett (new) Founder and former CEO of Social Chain; Dragon on Dragons’ Den. He founded his social media company at 21 and built it into a global business with $220m (£161m) annual revenue by the age of 27.
7 Michaela Coel Actor, writer and director who made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for her show I May Destroy You.
8 Lord Simon Woolley Co-founder and director of Operation Black Vote and principal of Homerton College at Cambridge University.
9 Richard Iferenta Partner at KPMG, where he is the head of financial services indirect tax practise.
10 Jacqueline McKenzie Human rights lawyer specialising in migration, asylum and refugee law. Currently a partner at Leigh Day Solicitors.