Who's Who in 2013?

The 165th edition of Who's Who brings together over 33,000 autobiographical entries from people of influence and interest in every area of public life. Featuring just over 1,000 entries new for this edition, Who's Who 2013, published on 3rd December 2012, celebrates the achievements of British society. An invaluable research tool and a unique way of measuring social change, it is the longest established and most comprehensive general biographical reference book. An invitation to appear in Who's Who recognises lasting distinction and influence. An entry in Who's Who is for life.

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief at the Huffington Post Media Group, is a new biographee for the 2013 edition. She has written this year's foreword, in which she considers the ways in which technology is rapidly transforming the media.

Read the Preface by Arianna Huffington

Olympic Idols

Included for the first time in the 2013 edition is heptathlon darling Jessica Ennis, who won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. At just 26 years old, her impressive resumé includes an Olympic gold, two World Championship medals, two World Indoor Championship medals, a European Championship medal, and a Commonwealth Games medal.

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah makes a welcome entry this year, as does professional tennis player and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray. Born in 1987, Murray is the youngest non-hereditary new entrant.


Presenter and journalist Gabby Logan is a new addition to Who's Who 2013. She represented Wales in rhythmic gymnastics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, before carving out a career in broadcast where she recently presented at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Included in the 2013 edition is author and Times columnist Caitlin Moran, who was named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year at the 2011 British Press Awards. She lists her recreations as ‘hair biggening, cava, eyeliner, The Struggle’.

Comedian and songwriter Tim Minchin, who composed the music for Matilda the Musical, is included in Who's Who for the first time, as is fellow comedian Richard Ayoade. Richard starred in The IT Crowd and has directed music videos for the Arctic Monkeys and Super Furry Animals, amongst others.

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Cooking Sensations

Two star Michelin chef Michael Caines is a new biographee for the 2013 edition. Head Chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon and Bath Priory, Michael appeared in Celebrity Masterchef 2011 and is one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. He is joined by Nathan Outlaw, another South West based chef, who enjoys ‘collecting cookery books’. Star Wars fan Nathan is a two star Michelin chef who has two restaurants at the St Enodoc Hotel, in Cornwall.

Family Connections

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson's brother Leo, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sustainability and Climate Change and sister Rachel, Editor-in-Chief of The Lady, are new names for 2013. Boris, another brother Joseph, and father Stanley are already in Who's Who, making them one of the most successful families in the yearbook.

Another well-connected new entrant is Rachel Wolf, Director of the New Schools Network, who began her career as a researcher for Boris Johnson and whose mother and father are both already in Who's Who.

Trivial Pursuits?

Lord Haskins, former Chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies plc, has updated his recreations to include ‘only-in-emergency harvest tractor-driver’, while Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC 3, and a new entrant for the 2013 edition, reveals his pastimes to include ‘impersonating primates for baby daughter’.

Writer and broadcaster on architecture and design Thomas Dyckhoff's recreations include ‘gluttony, staring out of the window, butchery and pie-making’ and Antonia Romeo, Director General of Transforming Justice at the Ministry of Justice, enjoys ‘Star Wars, Lego’. Host of Radio 2's The Art Show, Claudia Winkleman, is another welcome addition to the 2013 edition. She lists her recreations as ‘sleeping, cuddling and bothering the children’.

Who's Who in Numbers

  • 4.5 tonnes — the weight of Who's Who if all the UK's inhabitants were in it (the weight of an Asian elephant!). It would be 94 metres thick, which is the height of the O2.
  • 6th — where Who's Who would have come in the medal table if it had been a team at the London Olympics (12 golds, 4 silvers).
  • 80 — the number of jumbo jets it would take to transport everyone in Who's Who.

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Notes to editors

The first edition of Who's Who was published in 1849. Then a compact, 250-page volume (one tenth of the size of the 2013 edition), it consisted of an almanac followed by thirty-nine lists of ranks and appointments and the names of those holding them. Since its acquisition by A&C Black in 1897, Who's Who has consolidated its status of supreme national importance, proving to be invaluable as a research tool and a unique way of measuring social change. During the Second World War Winston Churchill personally intervened to ensure its publication and full circulation was not affected by the paper shortage. Who's Who is still to this day the definitive reference book relied upon by academics, researchers, business people, government officials and charities, as well as the casual browser.

Who's Who and Who Was Who Online

From 3rd December 2012, Who's Who 2013 and Who Was Who, which covers 1897 onwards, will be available online exclusively from Oxford University Press where the data can be searched extensively and cross-referenced to other works. For more information visit: http://www.oup.com/whoswho/about/

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