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Forest author JK Rowling and Worcestershire designer Stella McCartney among Britain's top 100 women

By Weekend  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

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Forest of Dean-born author JK Rowling and designer Stella McCartney, who has a house in Bishampton, near Evesham, have been named in BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour 100 Most Powerful Women list.
JK Rowling, who grew up in Tutshill, was among the movers and shakers in the art world, including singer-songwriter Adele, comedienne Dawn French, artist Tracey Emin and actress Joanna Lumley.
The daughter of Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda, Stella was listed with fellow fashionistas Victoria Beckham and Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
Other big names included on the list were broadcaster Clare Balding, who will be in Cheltenham next month for The Festival, The Apprentice's Karren Brady, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary also made it.
The top 10 included Dame Gail Rebuck, chairman of Random House Group, at number 10; Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts at nine; Appeal Court judge Lady Justice Hallett at eight, Mumsnet founders Justine Roberts and Carrie Longton at seven, and chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies at six.
At number five was media mogul Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth, chairman of Shine Group; Baroness Hale of Richmond, a Supreme Court judge, made it to number four; Ana Botin, CEO of Santander UK was at three and Home Secretary Theresa May came in at number two.
Topping the poll, broadcast on the Radio 4 show today, was the Queen.
Surprise omissions were the Duchess of Cambridge - influential but not powerful - and Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis.
Woman's Hour editor Alice Feinstein is reported as saying: "The Power List is about more than just a series of names. We wanted to start a conversation about women and power."
Judges were journalist Eve Pollard, Tory MP Priti Patel, presenter Dawn O'Porter, Dancing on Ice contestant Oona King, novelist Val McDermid and fomer Woman's Hour editor Jill Burridge.

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