The Great Ring of Power


The Great Ring of Power shows which FTSE 100 companies are connected by their board of directors



All the money and power in the world lies in the hands of a small number of people. The ‘Great Ring of Power’ shows just how intertwined the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 are.

Data was collected from Companies House, the United Kingdom’s registrar of companiesthen cross-referenced in order to establish which companies were connected by one or more members of the board. The result was a map of the most connected individuals, and therefore, the most powerful people in the UK.

The map above demonstrates which companies are linked by one, to as many as five, other companies. Each line represents a connection between one company and another via a board member. Numbers next to the name of each company indicate how many connections that company has made.

In the original map, the companies are colour-coded according to industry. In the following maps, companies with one, two, three, four, and five connections to other FTSE 100 companies are highlighted in orange.

Among other interesting discoveries is the fact that a man called Byron Grote currently sits on boards of four FTSE companies: BP, Standard Chartered, Unilever and Tesco.

It’s astounding to think that these are some of the most influential people in the world and most us us don’t know their names.

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By Abigail Leith, Catherine Skelton, Olivia Kirk, and Lucy Bannister






About the Author

This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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