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The latest Debrett 500, an annual list of Britain’s 500 most influential people, has been divulged.
Debrett’s 500, which began in 1769, is compiled by an independent panel of specialists in 26 fields, including law, film and sports. It has made the list publicly available for the first time ever this year.

Among the names is Alan Parker from Save the Children, who is in the group of the country’s more significant people in PR; Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, recognised for his influence in theatre; and Amanda Nevill, CEO of the British Film Institute, cited for her inspiration in the film industry.

The Debrett’s 500 also has a dedicated field to major players in the field of charity. The 17-strong list heavily features philanthropists and campaigners, such as Elton, the Prince of Wales, Stephen Fry and Richard Branson. 

Here is their description of Elton and his partner. . . .

Sir Elton John, CBE and David Furnish. Rock star and film producer.

Rock star Sir Elton John and his partner, the film producer David Furnish, have campaigned tirelessly for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and to reduce the stigma sufferers face. The Elton John AIDS Foundation was founded in 1992, and has raised hundreds of millions to support programmes in 55 countries. To raise money for his AIDS charity, Elton hosts annually a glamorous White Tie and Tiara Ball, to which many famous celebrities are invited. They have also backed Cyndi Laupers charity, True Colors, to end the discrimination the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community faces.
Elton was also nominated in the Music sector.