Brand among top influential people

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Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The Prince of Wales, comedian Russell Brand and v logger-turned-author Zoella all feature on a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain today.

The annual Debrett’s 500 list covers 24 categories across society including politics, advertising, architecture, food, sport, education and journalism.

Established personalities such as Tony Blair and Richard Branson are joined by new faces such as Oscar hopeful Eddie Redmayne.

Other new entries include actor Idris Elba, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, television presenter Clare Balding, musicians Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, and digital sensation Jamal Edwards.

The youngest personality on the list is 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, while the oldest is wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, aged 88.

There are 147 females on the list.

Joanne Milner, chief executive at Debrett’s, said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s Debrett’s 500. It’s a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect.

“Every individual, though, demonstrates outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration. I think now is the perfect time to consider how we can inspire the next generation of influencers, so that we can ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, has an equal opportunity to succeed.

“The Debrett’s Foundation is our way of addressing this issue.”

The foundation supports social mobility in a bid to ensure that the next generation of leaders and influencers are from all backgrounds.

Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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