The Australian Financial Review’s Power Lists for 2017 have been revealed, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy Turnbull topping the ‘Overt Power’ and ‘Covert Power’ categories.
The couple’s dual reign marks the first time in the 17-year history of the Power issue that a prime minister and his wife have simultaneously ranked number one on both lists.
The Turnbulls beat Bill Shorten on the ‘Overt Power’ list, who sits at number two, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at number three.
Former PM, Tony Abbott, returns to the’ list for the first time since losing the prime ministership, sitting at number nine, following his recent disruptions to the Turnbull government.
Since we here at Cream like to focus on pop culture more than politics, let’s cut to the ‘cultural’ players…
New to the ‘Cultural Power’ list are several people who have contributed to culture (well, commerce) and the arts, including Carl and Mark Fennessy – CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia, the makers of Australian Ninja Warrior. The Fennessy brothers were not only recognised for having produced ANW, but for their production efforts behind popular TV shows MasterChef, Offspring and Survivor. Incidentally, Australian Ninja Warrior averaged more viewers than the Rio Olympics and has become the most-watched new TV show in five years, which is very impressive in this age of digital downloading taking over traditional television.
At number two on the Cultural Power list is the entire AFL Women’s League – which saw over 200,000 people going to its games, and drew 5.6million combined TV viewers.
Comedic actress Rebel Wilson debuts on the list at number nine after her recent legal win over Bauer Media, while Megan Davis and the Referendum Council enter at number seven, following their landmark Statement from the Heart in June 2017.
Also in the top ten are The Murdoch family at number three, Nicole Kidman at number six, actor and playwright Leah Purcell at number eight, and museum creative director Leigh Carmichael at number 10.
Diversity is certainly taking shape in the AFR magazine’s Cultural Power List year on year. This year, the list includes five women, two indigenous figures, a bunch of YouTube stars, and one openly gay individual.
According to AFR magazine, “cultural power” is measured by a person’s ability to define “what it means to be Australian”.
The voting panel included Oscar-winning actress Rachel Griffiths, CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason, and Chief Creative officer of PWC, Russel Howcroft, among others. Antonino Tati
To view the full power lists visit www.afr.com.