MAKING A NAME: Charlotte Tilbury, José Neves and Alison Loehnis are among the newest entries in the Debrett’s annual list of the top 500 most “influential and inspiring” people in Britain. The list covers the spectrum of society, including politics, business and sport.
Other newcomers include London mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, “Star Wars” actor John Boyega and boxing champion Anthony Joshua. This year the youngest person on the list is the Pakistani activist for female education, Malala Yousafzai, while the oldest is Sir David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and naturalist.
The Debrett’s 500 list covers 23 sectors, including architecture, education, sport, food and journalism. There are 221 new names on this year’s list.
Tilbury is a makeup artist who has launched a best-selling eponymous brand; Neves is the chief executive officer and founder of the high-end retail platform Farfetch.com, and Loehnis is the president of online retailer Net-a-porter.com.
Joanne Milner, Debrett’s ceo, said the list “focuses on individuals who demonstrate outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration. It’s a fascinating and eclectic showcase of talent celebrating the best of British throughout a number of areas, from film to fashion, and from politics to sport.”
In 1769, John Debrett published the first edition of the Peerage, a register of the British upper class and their family backgrounds. Since 1982, Debrett’s has recognized the achievements of professionals from all walks of life.