Chancellor Gordon Brown keeps top spot in this year's Money Marketing Power & Influence list, with the consumer shooting up from 13th to second place.
Incoming FSA and Bank of England chiefs John Tiner and Mervyn King replace Howard Davies and Eddie George in the top five while Ron Sandler falls out of the list altogether because his work is now done and his influence no more, say the panel.
Prime Minister Tony Blair's increased interest in the lifetime pension limit and the collapse of final-salary pensions sees him make his first appearance at number six.
This year's highest female entry is again Treasury Financial Secretary Ruth Kelly in fifth place.
The growing influence of regulation from Brussels is reflected by a surge from 52nd to 15th for EU commissioner Fritz Bolkestein while Aifa director general Paul Smee slips from 10th to 19th.
The highest-placed IFAs are Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Peter Hargreaves at 22nd and Bankhall chief executive Paul Hogarth at 24th, with Sesame chief executive Patrick Gale at 26th.
Highest journalist is Mail on Sunday personal finance editor Jeff Prestridge in 30th place, well ahead of rivals Sunday Times editor John Witherow and Daily Telegraph PF editor Ian Cowie at 52nd and 53rd respectively.
The 16-page Power & Influence supplement is enclosed with this week's issue of Money Marketing