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Brown keeps the crown of power

Chancellor Gordon Brown takes the top spot in this year&#39s Money Marketing Power & Influence in retail financial services list for the second year.

Brown, the architect of the FSA, claims the crown ahead of outgoing FSA chairman and chief executive Howard Davies and Bank of England Governor Sir Eddie George in second and third respectively.

The second annual list provides an in-depth analysis of the people who have shaped today&#39s financial services market and who will be calling the shots in the future.

Former Guardian economics writer now Treasury Financial Secretary Ruth Kelly is the highest-placed woman at number five. Aifa director general Paul Smee leaps 80 places to 10th following success over the menu payment system.

One of the more controversial inclusions by MM&#39s panel of experts is the consumer, who sits at unlucky spot number 13.

The highest-placed executive among product providers for positive reasons is HBOS&#39s James Crosby at number 14. New FSA chairman Callum McCarthy just makes it into the list in 100th position.

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