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Top 100: 34. Mary Portas

Retail expert

While Mary Portas was the great retail champion of 2011, this year saw her position in our Power List drop as the Portas Pilots set up following her review of the high street were seen as falling short, although not due to her efforts. And yet her influence on fashion retail continues to be widespread. Despite a few well-publicised spats with some of the locals, the nation is waiting to see whether the Portas Pilots can actually offer a blueprint for a 21st-century shopping community. Now the biggest contribution Portas makes to the industry is raising its profile through her TV work, when she reminds shoppers - and legislators - of the importance both have to the UK.

Don’t mention… Margate and the gagging order.

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