Amal Clooney named London’s most powerful woman

Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney (C) listens to Greece's Culture Minister Konstantinos Tasoulas during a visit at the Parthenon hall inside the museum in Athens October 15, 2014. (Reuters)

Barrister and activist Amal Clooney has been named by a London-based newspaper as the British capital’s most powerful woman.

Clooney, 36, - who last week changed her name after marrying 53-year-old Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney in Venice in September – placed fourth overall on the list, published by the London Evening Standard, five places ahead of global fashionista Victoria Beckham.

Both women beat their equally-influential husbands who were not even listed in the top 20.

Ahead of Clooney were George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, London mayor Boris Johnson, and artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis.

Since her wedding, Alamuddin has officially returned to work to argue the case of the Parthenon Marbles, the ancient Greek statues which are partially housed in the British Museum in London.

The case of the marble sculptures, which were taken from the Parthenon in the Greek capital by a British diplomat in 1803 and are currently housed in the British Museum, have caused spats between London and Athens for years.

The case is the latest high-profile for Clooney who previously defended Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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