Marcus Rashford named one of UK’s most influential Black person in Powerlist 2022
Footballer Marcus Rashford has been named on a list of the most influential black people in the UK.
The Powerlist 2022, which also features actor Daniel Kaluuya and television presenter Alex Scott, showcases black role models to young people, according to its organisers.
Rashford, the 23-year-old Manchester United forward who has become a national treasure in recent months for his charity work tackling food poverty in the country, came second place in the list.
But it was Jacky Wright, corporate vice president and chief digital officer at Microsoft, who took the top position “for the sheer scale of the work she is doing”, according to a statement.
She was described as “one of a handful of people who are changing the world by bringing the digital revolution to ordinary people all over the planet”.
Writer and actress Michaela Coel and comedian Sir Lenny Henry also featured on the list, which has been published by Powerful Media.
The list was compiled by a panel of judges, led by retired High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs.
The top 10 most influential black people in the UK according to the Powerlist 2022
- Jacky Wright – Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US
- Marcus Rashford – Footballer and children’s campaigner
- Anne Mensah – Vice-president of Content UK, Netflix
- Daniel Kaluuya (New) – Actor
- Professor Kevin Fenton – London Regional Director, Public Health England
- Steven Bartlett (New) – Founder & former CEO, Social Chain, Dragon on Dragon’s Den
- Michaela Coel – Actor
- Lord Simon Woolley – Principal, Homerton College, Cambridge University and Co-founder/Director, Operation Black Vote
- Richard Iferenta – Partner, KPMG
- Jacqueline McKenzie – Partner, Leigh Day Solicitors
Powerful Media CEO Michael Eboda said: “The Powerlist continues to be a great showcase, acknowledgement and reminder of the amazing individuals of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage we have in the UK and I would like to congratulate each and everyone on the list.
“Jacky Wright is a true professional who is totally well deserved of being recognised as the UK’s most powerful black Briton on the Powerlist 2022.
“She is a shining example of professional excellence and this is evident through the roles she has been appointed to throughout her illustrious career.
“She is a role model to many and I applaud the great work she is doing at Microsoft.”
Just last week, Rashford became the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who also has an honorary degree from the university, joined Mr Rashford’s friends and family to see him receive the award from vice-chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell at a ceremony on Thursday night.
On presenting Rashford with his degree, Dame Nancy said: “Marcus is an exceptional young man who continues to demonstrate a sense of community and generosity that goes well beyond his years.
“Our university also has social responsibility at its core, and we are extremely proud to share these values with Marcus.
“It really is an honour to finally present him with this well-deserved award on behalf of our institution.
“His ongoing charity work and high-profile campaigns not only help millions of people across the country but inspire many more to try and make a difference themselves. Long may it continue.”