Mark Zuckerberg Tops, Rebekah Brooks Returns to U.K. Media Power List
Google parent Alphabet's Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook round out the top 3 of the annual MediaGuardian 100 power list, while Taylor Swift moves up and Rupert Murdoch is the highest-ranked traditional media boss.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the most powerful person in U.K. media, according to the annual MediaGuardian 100 power list, published on Monday.
He ranks ahead of Larry Page, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, who topped the list for the past four years, and Apple CEO Tim Cook who remains in third place, followed by George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, the British version of the finance minister who influences the funding of the BBC, production incentives and more.
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp, is the highest-ranked traditional media boss in the fifth place, up from seventh last year. BBC director general Tony Hall came in sixth this year, down from fourth place last year.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is in the No. 7 spot on the list put together by The Guardian, down from No. 5, followed by Taylor Swift, who last year debuted in the 10th spot.
Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News Corp unit News UK, returns to the ranking this year in the 15th spot.
Other prominent media and entertainment figures on the latest list include Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch in the 12th position, new Top Gear host Chris Evans in 13th, ITV CEO Adam Crozier in 16th, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in 17th, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in 19th, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in 22th, Simon Cowell in 23rd, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 27th, Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner Laing in 28th, Vice Media CEO Shane Smith in 29th, Google CEO Sundar Pichai in 37th, Armando Iannucci in 39th, Adele in 48th, Liberty Media and Liberty Global chair John Malone in 49th, James Corden in 50th, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman in 51st, HBO boss Richard Plepler in 66th, Amy Schumer in 70th, Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat in 76th, John Oliver in 81st, Arianna Huffington in 94th, Caitlyn Jenner in 96th, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in 96th, BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead in 98th and former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson in 99th.