Top 50 over 50: our top ten revealed
April 1, 2011 | By: High50

Last week we listed the 50 public figures aged 50-plus who we feel have most made their mark on the world. We have now selected from those our top ten. You may agree, you may very well disagree. We want to know what you think, and will reveal your favourite next week. You have from now until Sunday to vote


Weekends are for relaxing, right? This one wasn’t, not for our panel anyway. Narrowing down our top 50 over-50s was hard enough (read how we chose them), but now we wanted to pick a top ten so that you, our dear readers, could have your say.

Over takeaway and wine we argued further, championing our favourites, putting down other people’s and unleashing obscure trivia. We wanted our ten to span different arenas, to be inspirational in their own unique ways, to sum up a new generation of thrusting, relevant, and continually successful over-50s.

We arrived at a top ten that does that. Sure, there are some controversial omissions. (Clooney? He’s had enough praise! Annie Lennox? A bit too worthy.) But to end up with a list that takes in men, women, crossdressers, gays and straights, singers, writers, actors, designers, scientists, artists and activists – and spans three continents – can be no bad thing. So, without further ado, here is our top ten:

1. Tom Ford
2. Tim Berners-Lee
3. Colin Firth
4. Kim Cattrall
5. Hugh Grant
6. Tilda Swinton
7. Tina Brown
8. Nick Cave
9. Cath Kidston
10. Grayson Perry

But we’re much more interested in what you think. So, for the rest of this week, we want you to vote for your favourite. It couldn’t be easier: voting is open from now until Sunday night and we will release the results next Friday.

UPDATE The results are in! Your top three