Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Stephen Fry and Andy Murray all network better than current Labour leader Ed Miliband, according to a new list of the 100 best-connected men in Britain.
The famous faces all feature in the rundown, published in the latest issue of GQ and detailing men who have exercised their influence by networking in politics, the media, business, sports, PR and culture.
Other recognisable names on the list – which is not ranked – include News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, BBC director-general Tony Hall, television host and former editor of The Mirror, Piers Morgan, and footballer David Beckham.
The omission of the Labour frontman will come as an embarrassment, especially considering the inclusion of his senior advisor, Tom Baldwin, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron who is credited for “forging against all the odds a coalition government” with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg – who did not make the list either.
Ed Miliband’s brother, David – who quit the Labour party last year to become President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York – is also included for “reinventing himself as a world-stage player” thanks to his “schmoozing” with media moguls and bankers.
Also represented are artist Grayson Perry, London Mayor Boris Johnson and PR mogul Matthew Freud who is “probably the best-connected man in Britain,” according to the magazine.
The list was drawn up by GQ in conjunction with networking business Editorial Intelligence and identifies each of the entrants as a “connector”, “influencer”, “socialite”, “leader” or “spider” – the latter describing those who “operate in more than one sector”.