Over the last week The Telegraph has been profiling the top fifty Britons in America. The series has concluded today with Jonathan Ive, the principal designer of the iPod and iPhone, at number one.
Five Britons with political influence made the list:
- The Hitch - Christopher Hitchens - was number 11: "A former Trotskyist who continues to drift to the Right, he alienated many of his fans by supporting the war in Iraq and taking a hawkish foreign policy stance. His recent book, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, helped to balance things out by infuriating many Christian conservatives, too."
- Blogger Andrew Sullivan is at number 23: "The Oxford-educated journalist's blog The Daily Dish has been a must-read for political types for years, surviving the move from Time to Atlantic Monthly a year ago. His rejection of the Republicans, for abandoning true conservatism, has chimed with the party's general sense of drift. His support of gay marriage, which the many on the Right oppose, meanwhile only pushed him further away from the conservative movement."
- John O'Sullivan is at number 39: "Former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, and editor in chief of United Press International, O'Sullivan is a fixture of the American Right. Now a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as Editor-in-Chief of The National Interest and Editor-at-Large of The National Review, he played a significant role in influencing the ideology of the Bush years and keeping the flame of die-hard conservatism alive at the Review."
- Nile Gardiner is at number 46: "A post-graduate student at Yale, he is an expert in the special relationship and the UN oil-for-food scandal. A sometime consultant to the Bush White House on trans-Atlantic affairs, he has also acted as foreign policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as well as being sought regularly as an expert by the major news networks."
- BBC journalist Katty Kay is ranked at 49: "Her colleague Matt Frei may be better known but she earns her place in our list through her regular guest appearances on Meet the Press, Chris Matthews’ Sunday morning show on the news channel MSNBC, which is (virtually) required viewing for the Washington politicos and commentariat members. She also substitutes for Diane Rehm on the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio and is to be found at most of the right parties."
Earlier this week BritainAndAmerica published our own list of the most influential British journalists covering US politics.