Rules of Engagement
Selection Criteria for inclusion on the list
The Asian Power Couples Hot 100 is a curated list, i.e without a nominations process. Many people have asked to be included in the list and are invited to send us their details via the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website. For clarification these are the minimum eligibility requirements for inclusion:
You must be living and primarily resident in the UK.
You must be in a romantic relationship with your partner i.e no siblings, parents/children.
Same sex couples are considered although the conservative nature of the Asian community means many same sex couples do not wish to be included (please seek permission before nominating a same sex couple for inclusion).
Mixed race couples are considered although they must be able to meet the minimum heritage criteria.
Couples must of South Asian Heritage. For the purposes of this list we define South Asia to mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and their associated territories. The minimum requirement is 25% South Asian heritage, i.e at least one parent of a couple must be from South Asia.
The real issue is that the “Power Couple” tag denotes an equal balance between both partners and that each enjoys a significant level of success in their own field. This isn’t a list for one superstar and his/her best supporting act. Each partner is included on their own merit.
For business owners and entrepreneurs couples must hold Board Director level positions and be shareholders in their business. For those working in the corporate sector, they must hold C-Suite level or equivalent positions e.g. CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CMO.
For those from the third sector, they must hold a Directorship of an NGO or social enterprise or a Trusteeship of a charity.
Clearly an Asian Power Couple has to be successful. We have not based it all on economic prowess either; success is really defined according the impact of their job, business or work; their philanthropy, community activity and impact on society.
Success may also be determined by the number of patents, designs and trademarks an individual holds, their brand name and/or other intellectual property e.g. performing rights to music, copyright of books, images or papers; screen rights or other creative output.
This last category is the most controversial. Clearly a characteristic that is hard to define, but one which plays an important part in the dynamic of a powerful couple. We call it the “je ne c’est pas” criteria best defined as influence. Some couples have an impact and influence well beyond their job, community work or creative skills. It’s just who they are. We all know a couple like that. Here’s a list of a 100 such couples.
Lopa Patel MBE
Editor – Redhotcurry.com
* As this is a curated list compiled from publicly available information, the publisher reserves the right to make additions, exclusions or amendments at its discretion. There may omissions or inaccuracies in this list which we will try to rectify. You can notify us via the ‘Contact Us‘ page