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Michael Acton Smith: One To Watch in 2012

24th January 2012

From authors to entrepreneurs; from CEOs to ballet dancers, and from scientists to police commissioners, The Times has compiled a list of those inspirational and successful figures who are predicted to hit the headlines in the year ahead, including entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith.

Below is a selection of others predicted by The Times to become faces to watch in 2012:

31. David Braben, invented Raspberry Pi low-cost computer
32. Philip Clarke, new CEO Tesco
34. Danny Rimer, ‘Venture capitalist with the midas touch’
36. Michael Acton Smith, CEO Mind Candy
38. Elisabeth Murdoch, Chairman Shine Group and  keynote speaker, McTaggart Lecture, Edinburgh Festival
39. Jonah Lehrer, author, new book How Creativity Works
40. Douglas Peterson, CEO Douglas and Poor’s, world’s largest credit rating agency
42. Pete Cashmore, CEO Mashable, technology guru, Forbes high achievers under 30 list, 2.5m twitter followers
43. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO Virgin Money
45. Mo Farah, athlete, 10,000m Olympic runner
47. Ben Spalding, chef, London restaurant Roganic
51. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
55. Amanda Hocking, author, self-publishing success on Kindle, sole more than 1m e-books, enevr published a book traditionally
70. Martin Lewis, personal fimnance journalist, MoneySavingExpert.com
63. Willie Walsh, CEO IAG (International Airline Group)
66. Thomas Hetaherwick, designer new London buses
78. Danny Cohen, BBC1 Controller

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