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Who's Who 2014
Who’s New in Who’s Who 2014?
Around 1,000 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2014, a selection of which appear here.
Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi
Jerusalem-born Yotam Ottolenghi is a food writer, chef and restaurateur. After completing a Masters in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, he began his culinary career as a pastry chef at The Capital in Knightsbridge in 1997. Owner of numerous London eateries, including Ottolenghi deli in Islington, he enjoys pilates, eating out and travelling in his spare time.  
 
© Keiko Oikawa
 
Rajeeb Dey
Rajeeb Dey
Rajeeb Dey is the Founder and Chief Executive of Enternships.com, a service connecting students and graduates to work. Born in 1985, he is one of the youngest new entrants in Who’s Who 2014. The successful entrepreneur co-founded StartUp Britain in 2011 and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013.
 
Tom Hooper
Thomas Hooper
Critically-acclaimed film director Tom Hooper is a new entrant from the entertainment industry. Widely known for his Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech, the Oxford University graduate joins his father, Richard Hooper, in the pages of this year’s Who’s Who. His film credits include The Damned United and Les Misérables.
 
Mark Carwardine
Mark Carwardine
Mark Carwardine has worked as a freelance zoologist and environmentalist since 1986. Author of over 50 books, he is also a radio and TV presenter, conservation consultant and magazine columnist. He lists astronomy, polar exploration and scuba diving as well as ‘sleeping in own bed (ie not travelling)’ among his recreations.
 
Lauren Cuthbertson
Lauren Cuthbertson
Lauren Cuthbertson has been the Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancer since 2008. From Torquay, she joined the Royal Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to first soloist in 2006. The award-winning ballerina is the Patron of both the London Children’s Ballet and the National Youth Ballet. In her spare time she enjoys theatre, music, cinema and art galleries.  
 
© Marina Kleinwort
 
Sara Murray
Sara Murray
Entrepreneur Sara Murray is the Founder and Chief Executive of Buddi, the GPS personal alarm system. The Lancashire-born businesswoman’s achievements include founding Ninah Consulting and Inspop.com Ltd. As well as being a high-flier in the business world, she is a qualified helicopter pilot and enjoys ‘helicopter flying in perfect weather’.
 
Alex James
Alex James
Alex James is a musician, journalist and more recently cheesemaker. Best-known as bass guitarist in the chart-topping band Blur, he also hosts a weekly radio show, Alex James’ Magical Musical Tour, on Classic FM and produces award-winning artisan cheeses. His recreations include building and napping.  
 
© Adam Gasson
 
Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey is a new entry in Who’s Who from the sporting world. The swimmer-turned-cyclist won an impressive eleven Gold Medals in the London Paralympic Games in 2012. The versatile athlete has competed in six Paralympic Games to-date and was appointed DBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
Who’s Who contains biographies of all kinds of people from all parts of the world and from all walks of life: the arts, business and finance, the church, the civil service, education, entertainment, sport, government, the law, local government, the media, medicine, professional institutions, science and the trade unions.
Each edition of Who’s Who now contains over 33,000 entries, with approximately one thousand new names appearing for the first time each year.
Uniquely among biographical reference works, entries in Who’s Who are retained for the life of the biographee (being transferred on his or her death to Who Was Who). Who’s Who therefore has an unrivalled historical perspective, listing those who lead and influence the world today, side by side with their living predecessors.
HOW ARE PEOPLE CHOSEN FOR INCLUSION?
An invitation to appear in Who’s Who recognises distinction and influence.
‘What is it that really puts the stamp of eminence on a modern British life? Two things count today: having an entry in Who’s Who and being asked to choose your eight favourite records on BBC’s Desert Island Discs.’ – The Wall Street Journal
The editor of the 1897 edition wrote in his preface that Who’s Who seeks to recognise people whose “prominence is inherited, or depending on office, or the result of ability which singles them out from their fellows”. In essence, this continues to be the policy for selection into Who’s Who today.
The majority of Who’s Who biographees are included in recognition of the distinction they have attained in their professional lives, and the influence they exert on British society, ranging from politicians and academics to musicians and film directors. Whilst the majority of entrants are British, notable individuals from across the world are included due to their presence and importance in British and international life.
The holders of some posts, such as MPs, senior judges and high-ranking civil servants, are invited to have an entry an entry as a matter of course, when the appointment itself is of general public interest. For those who do not fit into these categories, a Selection Board meets regularly during the preparation for each edition of Who’s Who to discuss potential entrants. The Selection Board reviews those people whose professions are less rigidly structured, such as artists, actors and sportsmen, as well as professors, scientists and businesspeople. Prominent figures in numerous fields are considered by the Board on the basis of their continuing achievements, and ultimately selected due to their exceptional pre-eminence. Where necessary, the Selection Board consults those with specialist knowledge.
Who’s Who also includes a comprehensive listing of the holders of UK hereditary titles, from Duke to baronet, who are invited automatically. These entries make up approximately 10% of the total listings.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration by the Selection Board, please send a brief CV to or post it to the Office of Who’s Who, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.

 

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