Latest Who's Who Adds 1000 New Influential People From 2012

Posted: Updated:

In a world where the notion of celebrity is loose and anybody can trend on Twitter, it's sometimes difficult to know where cultural power lies - and more importantly, with whom.

Things might become clearer on Monday when the 165th edition of Who's Who is published.

This huge tome, which lists the biographical musings of 33,000 movers and shakers from the UK and also abroad, helps to illuminate our nation's achievements over the past 12 months as well as to offer an insight into what and who may be coming over the next year.

This map infographic shows the power distribution around the country.

For 2012, more than 1,000 new entrants have joined the list, including HuffPost's editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, who has also written the book's introduction.

Test your knowledge of 2012's most influential people with our Who's Who quiz, below.

Who's Who

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU1--883894--HH>

    Question 1 of 10

    What do Sir Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and Sir Steve Redgrave have in common?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU2--883899--HH>

    Question 2 of 10

    Which historian enjoys tea-drinking?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU3--883900--HH>

    Question 3 of 10

    Which author spent part of her early career as a puppy fat model, switchboard wrecker, and very temporary typist?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU4--883903--HH>

    Question 4 of 10

    Which comedian likes smoking, drinking, swearing, and pressing wild flowers?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU5--883905--HH>

    Question 5 of 10

    What do Gabby Logan, Stephen Frears and Christine Lagarde all have in common?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU6--883907--HH>

    Question 6 of 10

    Which QC’s former jobs include working on a pork pie production line and being a homeless drifter?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU7--883910--HH>

    Question 7 of 10

    Which Scottish city is the birthplace of Robbie Coltrane, Aminatta Forna and Kenneth Dalglish?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU8--883915--HH>

    Question 8 of 10

    Which Dame is the new Director-General of the National Trust?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WHOS-WHO--883891--HH>

    Question 9 of 10

    Which Who's Who entrant has held the world record for the longest-ever after-dinner speech?

  • <HH--PHOTO--WW_QU10--883919--HH>

    Question 10 of 10

    Which recreation is NOT included in any entry in Who's Who?


How Who's Who has changed over the years.

FREE 1 month Online Access for Subscribers

Who’s Who 2013 is available online where the up-to-date autobiographical information on over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life can be searched extensively and cross-referenced to other works. For a 1 month free trial visit and enter ‘huff’ in the username and password fields.

Around the Web

Marquis Who's Who

Who's Who - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges