Seven British-Indians have been included in the top 10 of the 'GG2 Power 101 list' or the GG2 Leadership Awards. The award recognizes and reward high achievers within the ethnic minority population living in Britain.
Britain’s first Indian-origin cabinet minister Sajid Javid has topped a list of the most influential Asians in the country, followed by the Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz at the third, and Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and Hinduja brothers at the fourth and fifth positions respectively. NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul and son Angad, chairman and CEO of Caparo Group of Industries, curry king Late Lord Gulam Noon and Deutsche Bank’s Indian-origin CEO Anshu Jain also find space in the Power 101.
The awards were presented at the 17th annual GG2 Leadership awards ceremony. At the ceremony, Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of the UK's most successful and profitable company Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a USD 65 billion empire won the GG2 Hammer Award. Film maker Asif Kapadia, bagged the GG2 Media and Creative Arts Award for his film production company, ‘On the Corner’. Gaurav Atreja, Consultant Neonatologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, won the GG2 Pride of Britain Award. Priti Patel was also declared GG2 Woman of the Year, while Lord Kamlesh Patel emerged as the GG2 Man of the Year.
The British PM David Cameron praised the awardees for their leading contributions and becoming a role model for other British Asians. “I am incredibly proud that No. 1 on this power list is Sajid Javid, a brilliant Asian man who I asked to join the cabinet and I know we have a lot to do to encourage true opportunity and diversity in our country but doesn’t it say something that in two generations, you can go from coming to our country with so little to sitting around the Cabinet table?... That is the kind of country we are building,” Cameron said in his speech lauding the awardees.