Oli Barrett MBE, Brent Hoberman and Boris Johnson among UK’s 100 “most connected men” of 2015

Cospa entrepreneur Barrett retains place in GQ’s index for second year running as Britain’s top businessmen and networkers are announced

Serial entrepreneur Oli Barrett MBE, a Growing Business Young Gun of 2008, has been named today as one of the UK’s 100 “most connected men” by men’s magazine GQ for the second year running in its 2015 index.

Produced in partnership with research firm Editorial Intelligence, the guide intends to act as an annual showcase of the key businessmen who use social media and personal networks to “create value and understanding” and spans four different categories; ‘connectors’; enablers who introduce others, ‘socialites’; renowned for their hospitality and generosity, ‘campaigners and change agents’; those that champion causes to help others without a voice, and ‘spiders’; part leaders and spokesmen.

Influencers from a range of industries including business, sport, politics, culture, art and food all feature in the list.

The founder of social venture Cospa, co-founder of StartUp Britain and an avid blogger for Growing Business, Barrett was named at number four on the index as a “relentless, charismatic connector” who has worked to support entrepreneurs through initiatives such as Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and Pitch at Palace.

He was joined on the list by Pizza Express and Strada mogul Luke Johnson (no. six), angel investor and co-founder of Founders Forum; Brent Hoberman (no. nine), Google Ventures’ Peter Read (no. 51) and Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan (no. 50).

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband were among a cluster of politicians acknowledged in the index for their networking and collaboration skills.

To view the full list of GQ’s 100 most connected men, click here.

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