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Olympian Mo Farah named fourth most influential Londoner

SPORTING GREAT: Long distance runner Mo Farah

MULTIPLE GOLD medalist Mo Farah has been named the fourth most influential person in London.

The long distance runner, who took home two gold medals at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, joins Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the Royal Family and Prime Minister Theresa May in the top five most influential people of the capital, as part of the London Evening Standard's Progress 1000 lis.

Last night (Sept 7), the Standard published its eagerly awaited Progress 1000 list, this year in partnership with Citi, and supported by Berkeley Group.

The Progress 1000, now in its tenth year, is a prestigious celebration of the people whose influence across many spheres of London life is felt most keenly by those who live in the city.

Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan was announced as the most influential Londoner.

From inspirational leaders in their field to emerging talents, the Progress 1000 captures the stories of those who, through their innovation and invention – whether in business, culture, sport or politics – make London tick. The history of London is one of progress – and the people who drive it forward.

The 1000 names span 16 categories including Progress Makers (Pioneers, Rising Stars, Legacies), Boffinocracy (Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Tech), Place Makers (Constructors, Architects, Designers, Transport), Politics (Westminster, City Hall) Capitalisers (City Fliers, Business Brains), Arts (Theatre, Dance, Artists and Curators), Trendsetters, Music Makers (Rock & Pop, Classical), Screen Savers (Film, TV Drama, TV Comedy), News Makers (Media Chiefs, Editors & Journalists, Brand Builders), Education, Scene Setters (Eat, Drink, Connect) Social Crusaders (Eco-Warriors, Equality Champions, Faith Leaders), Law and Pace Setters (Sport).

This year, the list has a particular focus on the power of mathematics as a driving force behind much of modern London – in science and technology, but also in art, design and infrastructure.

London-born Mercury-Prize winner Benjamin Clementine entertained guests with an outstanding performance during the star-studded event. There was also a performance of music from Philip Glass’s opera, Einstein on the Beach, by London singing group Synergy Vocals.

The Top 25 in full is as follows:

1 Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
2 Theresa May, Prime Minister
3 The Royal Family
4 Mo Farah, Athlete
5 Adele, Musician
6 Demis Hassabis Founder,Google DeepMind
7 Sir Nicholas Serota Director, Tate
8 Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice president, EMEA, Facebook
9 Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary
10 Sonia Friedman, Producer
11 Amber Rudd, Home Secretary
12 Major Tim Peake, Astronaut
13 Mark Carney, Governor,Bank of England
14 Sir David Attenborough, Environmentalist
15 Zadie Smith, Author
16 Lord Hall, Director-general, BBC
17 Philip Hammond, Chancellor
18 Mike Brown, Commissioner,Transport for London
19 Laura Kuenssberg,Political Editor, BBC
20 Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
21 Alexandra Shulman, Editor, British Vogue
22 Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
23 The City of London
24 Joanna Lumley, Actress
25 Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader

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