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QPR's Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal Included in "London's Most Influential People: 2010" Listings By Evening Standard


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London's 1000 most influential people 2010: Sport
Evening Standard 26.11.10
David Beckham, Football icon
Beckham's star continues to shine globally even though he missed the World Cup after tearing an achilles tendon in March. His ambassadorial role with England's 2018 World Cup bid has been especially well received by those whom England are seeking to influence, and a morale-boosting visit by the LA Galaxy player to the troops in Afghanistan further lifted Brand Beckham.

Karren Brady, West Ham FC, vice-chairwoman
The first woman to become a managing director of a football club when she was appointed by Birmingham City, she moved to the Hammers this year. She's also a non-executive director of Channel 4 and Lord Sugar's sidekick on TV's The Apprentice.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports, managing director
The most powerful man in sports broadcasting, responsible for Sky's output across five core sports channels, four HD channels, the newly launched Sky Sports News HD service as well as online and mobile content. An acclaimed innovator, he has overseen the introduction of live 3D football broadcasts and has brought boxing back to the Saturday night schedule. Natty dresser, too.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League, chief executive
Sharp administrator and a major driving force behind the Premier League's global commercial success. He scored a winner by handing Premier League clubs an 18 per cent boost in revenues to a record total of £1.2 billion, due mainly to a doubling in the value of overseas TV rights. But he also netted an own goal with the row that saw Portsmouth go into administration.

Sir Dave Richards, Premier League and Club England, chairman
The football power-broker has often been shrouded in controversy. He formalised the agreement to remove an escape clause in England coach Fabio Capello's contract, making it too expensive to sack the Italian after the World Cup debacle. As chairman of the Premier League, he was also attacked by Fulham, who claimed he interfered in their bid to buy Peter Crouch from Portsmouth.

Stan Kroenke, Arsenal FC, shareholder
Nicknamed “Silent Stan” for his desire to maintain a low public profile, this American entrepreneur is the biggest single shareholder and potential owner of Arsenal with a 29.9 per cent stake, ahead of rival Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek tycoon. In the US he owns a string of teams including the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the St Louis Rams in the NFL.

Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC, owner
The Russian oligarch has bankrolled Chelsea's recent successful spell but is yet to taste the Champions League success he craves. If manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn't deliver this year, some Chelsea fans fear their benefactor may tire of the chase and retire to Eclipse, his new plaything, which at 538ft is claimed to be the world's largest private yacht.

Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One supremo
Octogenarian still nets big bucks as ringmaster of the F1 circus. Lost part of his estimated fortune of £1.46 billion in a divorce from ex-model Slavica Radic, but consoled by new amour Fabiana Flosi, a Brazilian nearly 50 years his junior. He's not so cosy with QPR, which he co-owns, admitting he would struggle to name a single player.

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC, manager
The thoughtful Frenchman recently committed to the Gunners by signing a three-year extension to his contract, which keeps him at the Emirates until 2014. The fans' love affair with their philosophical manager and his easy-on-the-eye passing style may be tested if Wenger doesn't come up with some silverware soon. Arsenal's last trophy was won in 2005.

Mohamed Fayed, Fulham FC, owner
Egyptian maverick who sold Harrods for £1.5 billion, but remains loyal to the club he bought in 1997. An estimated investment of more than £200 million has taken the club from the third tier of English football to the Europa League Final. Unsurprisingly, Fayed gets a standing ovation when he walks across the pitch before home games at Craven Cottage.

Hugh Robertson, Sport minister
Capable ex-army officer and investment banker has lost no time in making headlines. He has pulled the plug on free swimming for under-16s and over-60s, called for a Great Britain football team to contest the 2012 Olympics, is backing England's 2018 World Cup bid, and wants UK sport, Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust under one umbrella.

Geoff Thompson, England 2018 World Cup Bid, chairman
One of international football's premier politicians and Britain's only representative on the FIFA executive committee, responsible for deciding the World Cup host for 2018. This former FA chairman was appointed leader of England's 2018 campaign following the dramatic resignation of Lord Triesman over claims of corruption between bid rivals Spain and Russia.

Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur FC, chairman
Boasts a first class honours degree in land economy, handy given his commitment to building a new stadium at White Hart Lane that befits a club which has finally achieved Champions League status. Seems at last to have won over the fans with both his passion for all things Spurs and his financial stewardship of the club.

John Steele, Rugby Football Union, chief executive
The former CEO of UK Sport who succeeded Francis Baron to become the most powerful man in English rugby. Enjoyed a successful playing and coaching career which included leading Northampton Saints to the Heineken Cup in 2000. Has put pressure on England manager Martin Johnson by stating he is not afraid to make changes to the coaching team before next year's World Cup.

Andrew Strauss, England cricket captain
The South African-born batsman who leads from the front reclaimed the Ashes last year to establish himself as a real English hero. Controversially rested from the winter tour of Bangladesh, the gamble appears to have paid off with the left-hander in fighting form ahead of the defence of the Ashes in Australia and then the one-day World Cup.

Sir Trevor Brooking, FA, director of football development
Ex-West Ham and England star who had a successful spell as a pundit on the BBC and now plays influential role as director of football development at the FA. He is responsible for overhauling English football and producing a generation of world-beating Englishmen. A tough job indeed.

Adrian Bevington, Club England, managing director
Highly visible with the national team, Bevington has become one of the most influential voices at the top of English football. Respected by the press pack for his astute work as FA director of communications, he recently revealed that an Englishman will eventually succeed Fabio Capello as England coach.

Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur FC, manager
Few are more adept at working the transfer market but abhors being called a “wheeler-dealer”, as an unfortunate Sky reporter found to his cost this season. Fans love him after he won a place in the Champions League in his first full campaign at White Hart Lane. Earned a contract extension to 2013, which could be challenged when Fabio Capello eventually parts with the national team.

Dave Brailsford, British Cycling, performance director
The brilliant man-manager who coached the British Olympic cycling team to an astonishing 14 medals at Beijing, including eight golds. He's now intent on replicating this success at London in 2012 alongside his new ambition to lead the new Team Sky professional racing team to victory in the Tour de France — with a British winner.

Pini Zahavi, Agent
A former sports journalist, the Israeli football
super-agent was involved in some of the game's most expensive and controversial transfers, including the deal that took Carlos Tevez to West Ham. A close friend of Roman Abramovich and West Ham manager Avram Grant, Zahavi is reported to have brokered a £1 billion approach to buy Manchester United from the Glazers.

Caroline McAteer, The Sports PR Company, director
A no-nonsense operator, hence her affectionate nickname “the rottweiler”. For several years McAteer was the voice of the Beckhams, and secured Freddie Ljungberg's famous Calvin Klein underwear deal. Her company's current client list includes Theo Walcott, Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Djibril Cisse, Michael Essien and rugby star Danny Cipriani.

Giles Clarke, England and Wales Cricket Board, chairman
Multi-millionaire businessman whose myriad interests include wine, roofing, the manufacture of clay pigeons, coffee shops and catering. That business acumen helped secure lucrative broadcasting contracts for English cricket, but Clarke has also faced controversy including the Sir Allen Stanford million-dollar match scandal and this year's Pakistani spot-fixing fiasco.

John Terry, Chelsea, captain
Won Premier League and FA Cup double in May, and was described by Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti as the “captain of all team captains”. However, salacious tales about his private life caused Fabio Capello to relieve Terry of his duties as England captain. Has weathered that storm better than another fallen star, Wayne Rooney.

David Sullivan & David Gold, West Ham FC, owners
“I am not embarrassed by what I have done,” says Sullivan, a University of London economics graduate, who, with business partner David Gold, gained control of West Ham this year. Sullivan was referring not to buying the football club but the fortune he made from pornography and owning the Daily Sport paper. Gold makes millions through his Ann Summers sex shops, as well as running publishing and private aviation empires.

Frank Warren, Boxing promoter
Still going strong 30 years after staging his first licensed show in London. Survived being shot in 1989 to go on and manage some of Britain's best boxers of the modern era including Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Nigel Benn, Amir Khan and Naseem Hamed. Now guiding the career of 2008 Olympic gold medalist James De Gale.

Fabio Capello, England coach
The £6 million-a-year Italian kept his job despite a poor World Cup and criticism of his team selection and joyless discipline. So he wields power for now but won't seek a new contract when his current deal expires after the European Championships in 2012 — if he lasts that long.

Edward Griffiths, Saracens RFC, chief executive
Born in Zimbabwe, educated in England, but made his name in South Africa as a sports journalist and prolific author. He was CEO of South African Rugby during their successful and historic World Cup campaign in 1995. Describes Saracens as “innovators” for staging some of the club's games at Wembley.

Martin Johnson, England, rugby manager
Captain of England's World Cup-winning side in 2003, “Johnno” is now intent on coaching the side to the Webb Ellis trophy in New Zealand next year. Will be encouraged by a summer win over Australia, but needs to show it wasn't a fluke in Tests against the Southern Hemisphere sides this autumn.

Nic Coward, British Horseracing Authority, chief executive
A former Freshfields lawyer, Coward spent more than eight years at the FA as director of corporate and legal affairs before becoming CEO of the governing body for British horseracing. Fighting a funding crisis which could lead to the closure of historic courses, cuts to prize funds, and the loss of jobs within the industry.

Ian Ritchie, All England Club, chief executive
Media-savvy Wimbledon boss who has maintained a reputation for innovation at the capital's grand slam tournament. The roof over Centre Court has proved a particular success. Ritchie, former West Ham director and head of Channel Five, is now gearing-up the All England club for hosting the Olympic tennis competition in 2012.

Colin Montgomerie, Ryder Cup captain
As a player “Monty” was a member of five victorious European Ryder cup sides. As skipper, he regarded the dramatic victory over the US at Celtic Manor as an acceptable substitute for the major title missing from his golfing CV. However, his captaincy was dogged by controversy over team selection and tabloid tales about his private life.

Barry Hearn, Promoter
Founder and chairman of Brentwood-based Matchroom Sport which has global interests in snooker, darts, tenpin bowling, golf, boxing, fishing and poker. This year he took control of world snooker with a promise to revitalise the sport just as he did with darts. Also owns Leyton Orient Football Club.

Jon Smith, First Artist Corporation, chief executive
Regarded as the acceptable face of the football agency world, he founded one of Britain's biggest sports agencies with a roster of more than 200 players and a client list that has included Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and the England team. Despite making moves to sell off his company's football arm, he remains a key player in the football business.

Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea FC, manager
He became only the second non-British manager, after Arsene Wenger, to win the Premier League and FA Cup double. The highly acclaimed Italian says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for at least another 10 years, but that is only likely to happen if he wins the Champions League for Roman Abramovich soon.

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One, driver
Brilliant on the track, winning the 2008 World Championship in only his second season. Hasn't quite managed same feats since. Formed a British dream team with Jenson Button at Mclaren this year but was fined for showing off to fans in his road car during this season's Australian grand prix.

Mark Webber, Formula One, driver
Lives in London and Aussies don't come much tougher than Webber, who drove in last year's world championship while still suffering from a broken leg sustained in his own charity cycle race. He won this summer's British Grand Prix for Red Bull just a fortnight after surviving a 190mph crash in Valencia.

Jenson Button, Formula One, driver
The 2009 champion moved from title-winning Brawn to McLaren where he was expected to be outdriven by that team's protégé, Lewis Hamilton. It didn't happen. Button proved a consummate competitor, the equal of Hamilton.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal, chief executive
South African-born Oxford graduate who is using his US sports savvy — he was deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer — to boost Arsenal's profits, which hit a record £56 million this year. Close to the club's largest shareholder, Stan Kroenke.

Baroness Grey-Thompson, Disability champion
Retired Paralympic gold medallist Tanni champions the cause of disabled athletes as a director of UK Athletics and she's also on the board of the London Marathon and Transport for London. Elevated from Dame to the House of Lords this year.

Justin Rigby, True North Media Group, founder
Ex-sports journalist who looks after the public relations for a burgeoning list of Premier League footballers including England captain Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou.

Andy Murray, Tennis player
That dour demeanour has yet to be lit with the smile that comes with winning a maiden grand slam. He parted with long-term coach Miles Maclagan following this year's Wimbledon disappointment. Won six titles last term, but only claimed his second this year in October. Spends much of his time in the capital.

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- Evening Standard

Evening Standard - London's 1000 most influential people 2010: Tycoons & Retailers26.11.10

List Included Laskhmi Mittal
"...Lakshmi Mittal, Mittal Arcelor, chief executive
The richest man in Britain recovered from recession to add to his enormous wealth. He has agreed to fund the new Anish Kapoor-designed tower in London's 2012 Olympic Park. Mittal also owns 20 per cent of QPR, where his son-in-law sits on the board.

This is London
- Ex-QPR Youngster, Christian Nanetti Released by Raith Rovers

- Leon Jeanne Update

- Ex-QPR Danny Maguire Possibly to Crewe

- Four Year Flashback: Antonio Caliendo and Gianni Paladini Statement: QPR NOT Going Bust (...Meanwhile ON The Field: John Gregory -QPR in Trouble

- Year Flashback: Hart and Harford Set to Replace Magilton

- Year Flashback: Nigel Quashie (Pre-Joining QPR) on Magilton and Quashie's love for QPR!

- 11 Year Flashback: Darran Ward Joins QPR on Loan...Stuart Wardley QPR's Top Scorer

- German Recalled to QPR

- Author of new Book On Bernie Ecclestone

- Rowan Vine - Not Playing for Brentford and Picks up an Injury

- Next: Leeds - Past Results, Stats, Etc

- RIP: Rushden and Diamonds Goalkeeper, Dale Roberts, age 24
- Note: The November Issue of AKUTRs has a very extensive interview with Michael Wale (For years, Michael Wale used to write a regular column in the QPR programme). Part II of the Wale interview is in the December AKUTRs. (The article is not online, AKUTRs purchase details)


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