Mark Palmer Edgcumbe

Google’s diversity chief Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe has been listed as the nineteenth most influential gay person in the world.

The Guardian’s World Pride Power list was announced at a high profile dinner at London’s Corinthia Hotel on Friday.

Palmer-Edgecumbe is widely regarded as a leading global authority on diversity and equality issues and has played a huge part in supporting people from a diverse range of backgrounds in his role at Google.

He is widely credited with Google’s Legailze Love campaign to promote safer conditions for people in countries with anti-gay laws and  developed Google’s first integrated diversity strategy. He has also won plaudits for his efforts to promote opportunities for women, BAME and disabled people in the workplace.

Actor, activist and trans woman Laverne Cox made the top spot while Ellen De Generes and olympic diver Tom Daley were also in the top three.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey and Nike CIO Anthony Watson were also amongst the top corporate names to be listed.

More information about the World Pride Power List can be found at