Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Rowling 'most influential woman'

JK Rowling topped a poll of the most influential women

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has pipped Victoria Beckham and the Queen to be named the most influential woman in the UK by leading magazine editors.

The writer was chosen for her writing skills, tenacity to succeed and philanthropic nature, the National Magazine Company said.

Pop star turned fashion designer Victoria was the runner-up with the Queen in third place.

The list was compiled to mark the centenary of the National Magazine Company which currently publishes 20 magazines including Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health, Esquire and Cosmopolitan.

The top 10 women were ranked with another 90 included in the top 100 list in no particular order.

Arnaud de Puyfontaine, chief executive of the National Magazine Company, said: "The UK is home to an incredible amount of inspirational women and we are lucky enough to have worked with a significant number of them through our various publications over the years."

Other celebs to make the top 10 were pop star and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole (fifth) and supermodel Kate Moss (eighth).

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