Here are the top 7 tech names that the Queen awarded with Britain’s highest honours.
Leading figures from London’s tech community including Eileen Burbidge and Andy McLoughlin were among those recognised on the Queen’s birthday honours list on Saturday.
Here’s the who’s who of awards given to those in the tech community from London and around the world:
Burbidge was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to business. The prominent venture capitalist, who has been outspoken in her support for London’s tech community, said she was honoured to be counted among her peers on the list. Passion Capital, whose past investments include Duedil, Mendeley and Gosquared, recently raised £45m to continue investing in small digital businesses.
Mendelsohn was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the second-highest honour behind being made a dame or knight, for services to the creative industries. Mendelsohn is Facebook’s most senior employee outside of the US and when she isn’t working at the social network she is also co-chair of the government’s forum with the creative industries, the Creative Industries Council.
McLoughlin was made an overseas Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to UK business and technology leadership. McLoughlin founded Huddle, the cloud collaboration platform for businesses, and is a prominent venture capitalist working at SoftTech VC in San Francisco.
Thrilled to announce I've been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to UK business and technology leadership. #mostexcellent— Andy McLoughlin (@Bandrew) June 12, 2015
Chuffed and slightly shocked to announce that I've been awarded an MBE for services to the digital fashion industry 🙂— Jenny Griffiths (@JennySnapTech) June 13, 2015
The husband and wife team of entrepreneurs were given an overseas OBE for services to technology and online services. The Birches founded and then sold social network Bebo for $850m in 2008, pocketing a combined $595m in the deal. In 2013 the couple bought Bebo back for $1m and continue to run the business today. Outside of Bebo their latest project saw the couple bringing London’s private members club scene to San Francisco with the opening of The Battery.
Thanks to everybody for the kind words over the weekend. Deeply honoured to accept on behalf of @JustGiving & all our amazing users.— Zarine Kharas (@ZarineKharas) June 15, 2015
Wells was given an OBE for his services to Business. He founded online glasses retailer Glasses Direct in 2004 while at university before selling it to Cipio Partners in 2013. Wells is now industry head of retail at Google UK.