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Duchess of Sussex named one of most influential black people

INFLUENTIAL: The Duchess of Sussex is a new entry on the list of the most powerful black people in Britain

THE DUCHESS of Sussex has been named as one of the most influential black people in Britain by the 2019 Powerlist.

A new entrant to the list, Meghan Markle has joined Ric Lewis, the CEO and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, who tops the list as the country’s most influential black Briton.

Editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful and chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White and corporate vice president and interim CIO at Microsoft Jacky Wright have also made the top 10.

Veteran newsreader Moira Stuart, the first female newsreader of African Caribbean heritage in Britain, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her extensive broadcasting career.

Lewis said: “I am privileged to have been voted number one for 2019. Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate enough to accumulate the network and means, which allow me to give back. I hope to use this accolade to continue to advance the charitable causes I feel most passionate about, with the express aim of helping a greater number of children and young adults aspire to and achieve more.

"I have a deep belief that if kids are provided with inspiration, encouragement and the resources and pastoral care they need, great things can happen for them and for our community. It’s up to all of us to find our own ways to connect the dots and make this happen.”

Powerlist 2019 publisher Michael Eboda said: “One thing that people who know Ric all agree on is that over the years he has become more successful personally and business-wise, but he has never forgotten the charitable causes he believes in. Topping our Powerlist is never simply about how successful you are in what you do, just as importantly, it’s also about what you do for the good of society as a whole and Ric continues to excel on both fronts.”

Lewis is veteran in the world of international real estate investment management, there are few more respected names than his. He serves as chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, which has increased its total assets under management by over 30% in the last year to in excess of €10 billion. Today, the London-based firm which Lewis founded in 2009, is regarded as one of the leading real estate investment managers in Europe and is the largest black majority-owned private company in Britain.

Outside of work, Lewis is a passionate advocate for removing the barriers to aspiration and achievement for children and young adults, in particular through his own charity the Black Heart Foundation. Each year, the foundation provides educational scholarships to young people in need in the UK and abroad.

Guests will be celebrated at a black-tie dinner to be held at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London this evening.

Among those recognised on the longlist are Paulette Simpson, director of The Voice newspaper and Jamaica National's chief UK representative, British record-holding sprinter Dina Asher Smith and Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy.

The Powerlist is the annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain.

The Powerlist 2019 Top Ten are:

1: Ric Lewis – Chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners
2: Sharon White – Chief executive, Ofcom
3: Ismail Ahmed – World Remit founder
4: Jacky Wright – Corporate vice president and interim CIO, Microsoft
5: Sandie Okoro – Senior vice president and group general counsel at the World Bank
6: Ebele Okobi – Public policy director, Africa, Facebook
7: Professor Funmi Olonisakin – Vice president and vice principal international, King’s College
8: Paulette Rowe – Global head, payments and financial services partnerships at Facebook
9: Edward Enninful OBE – Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue
10: Richard Inferenta – KPMG partner, head of Challenger Banking.

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