35 Women Under 35
Management Today Magazine July/August Edition has run its annual 35 Women Under 35 featuring beautiful young women in tight dresses on the front cover.
This year's winners featured fewer bankers yet include three lawyers, including Misha Patel. Previously on the M&A team at Clifford Chance, she is now assistant general counsel at KPMG - where she's working on its ambitious growth plans, particularly in the Middle East.
And in a year when there's been much talk of how to get more women into the upper echelons of UK plc, another corporate high-flier to star in this year's list is Nicola Roberts, a director in Deloitte's tax practice, who has just become one of its youngest ever partners. This year, Roberts will generate more than £2m in revenues for the firm.
MISHA PATEL 31
Previously an M&A lawyer at Clifford Chance, Patel recently rose to the heights of assistant general counsel at Big Four accountancy firm, KPMG. She has advised blue-chip companies including ABN, Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital and Accenture and will continue to work on multimillion pound M&As at KPMG. The UCL graduate has been recognised by Financial News and the Sunday Times as a rising star.
STEPHANIE NIVEN, 27
After taking a double first in history at Oxford in 2005, Niven joined Goldman Sachs, becoming an investment analyst. Four years later she left to help set up Majedie Investments-backed Javelin Capital, a hedge fund with assets of £157m, where she's the portfolio manager in charge of almost half of returns. Last year, she completed an Ironman triathlon.
NICOLA ROBERTS, 33
Roberts is proof that you don't need a degree to be a successful professional.
Starting as a trainee accountant after A-Levels, 12 years later she's a director at Big Four accountancy firm, Deloitte, giving tax advice to the world's super rich. Roberts has helped her branch of the firm grow by 15% in the past year. When not burying her head in tax returns she enjoys sailing and scuba diving.
ANGELA LEMOS, 29
With a degree in statistics from University College London, Lemos made short work of the career ladder, becoming director of financial trading at Dresdner Kleinwort aged 27. Now executive director, financials trading desk at Nomura, Lemos provides market commentary and valuation and credit quality advice to institutions and hedge funds around the world.
SOPHIE LIVINGSTONE, 34
A winning combination of third sector vision and private sector savvy, Livingstone made her name running financial sector children's charity the Private Equity Foundation. She is now CEO of City Year London, a full-time volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds communities across London, and joined US President Obama's entourage during his recent London visit.
RUTH WANDHOFER, 35
As head of market strategy at Citi Global Transaction Services, EMEA, Wandhofer is highly influential in the arcane but important business of regulating the payment systems of European banks. She sits on a number of boards giving advice and recently published a book on payments integration in the European Union. She speaks five languages.