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It's been a long time in coming, perhaps, but London is now the preeminent financial centre in the world.The Square Mile is home to the most vibrant and increasingly most successful financial sector on the planet, and it drives the UK economy. Here is our list of the City's biggest hitters
THE TOP FIVE
Stanley Fink, 48 MAN GROUP, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Fink is the UK's senior hedge fund player after transforming Man from sugar trader to global hedge fund manager. A health scare in 2004 prompted him to devote more time to charitable work and he is now a major philanthropist. He lives in north London, France and Spain and owns the Hotel Kilimanjaro in the ski resort of Courchevel.
Marcus Agius, 61 BARCLAYS, CHAIRMAN Agius is smooth, urbane and the classic British banker. Ran Lazards and BAA where he rebuffed Goldman Sachs's offer of making a friendly takeover of the airports operator as a way of fending off an approach from Spain's Ferrovial. Merger specialist Guinness/Grand Metropolitan and Granada/Carlton were two of his.
A passionate gardener, he also chairs Kew Gardens Foundation. Collects art - his wife Kate is the daughter of Edmund de Rothschild and a leading dealer in old masters.
Christopher Hohn, 40 CHILDREN'S INVESTMENT FUND, FOUNDER The original "locust"- the term used to describe him by former Deutsche Borse boss,Werner Seifert, when under siege from Hohn's hedge fund, the Children's Investment Fund.Hohn has created his own aura in the City.
Old guard don't know what to make of him; he makes a fortune for his fund with aggressive positions then gives it all away to a charitable foundation run by his American wife Jamie.
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Michael Spencer, 52 ICAP, FOUNDER AND CEO Has built the world's largest interdealer broker. An astrophysicist at Oxford, he has a brilliant mind and is the City's richest self-made man. Famous for wild parties but more staid now he is treasurer of the Tories. Known to everyone as Spencer or Spence. Hugely well-regarded in the City, in both dealing rooms and boardrooms. Originally wanted to be an Australian bush pilot.
John Duffield, 68 NEW STAR, FOUNDER Oxford biochemistry graduate who wanted to prove to Sir Charles Clore he wasn't marrying his daughter Vivien for the money - so went on to make a fortune of his own. Colourful, abrasive and the founder of two successful fund managers: Jupiter, since sold, and New Star. Said to have created more millionaires in the City than anyone else. A keen farmer and dresses like one, even in the office. Divorced from Vivien, who said he was "a wonderful fund manager but a lousy husband".
Clara Furse, 50 LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, CEO Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. Furse has grown in stature and popularity since defending the LSE against takeovers. Few people wanted the job but she has made it her own. Private and low-key, she has an impish sense of humour but a steely resolve.
Born in Canada to Dutch parents, educated around the world and speaking five languages, she is married to Richard, a former Barings banker who now works for breakingviews.com.
Damon Buffini, 45 PERMIRA, MANAGING PARTNER The son of a gas board worker mum and an African-American serviceman, he went to Cambridge, grew Permira and amassed a Pounds 100m fortune. Led the private equity fight.
A churchgoer, he is the most prominent black man in British business and the face of the new City - and blessed with an intellect described as "inhuman". No airs and graces - he drinks lager and greets people with "hello, mate". Chosen by Gordon Brown to sit on the new Business Council for Britain.
Mervyn King, 59 GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND Five years into the job and King seemed secure. Then came Northern Rock. While the Bank didn't do well at first King put up a robust defence to MPs. Cerebral, with a dry wit, he remains a respected and pivotal figure. …