OUTstanding also compiled a list of the top 20 "straight allies", which Virgin's Richard Branson topped, and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg featured in.
Business leaders who made the lists were nominated by peers and colleagues, and rated against five criteria. These included an individual's seniority and influence, as well as questions such as: "What activities have you undertaken to make the workplace a more welcoming place for LGBT individuals?"
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OUTstanding noted that close to 25 percent of those in this year's ranking worked within the "traditionally less LGBT friendly" industries of banking and financial services.
The networking group also said that overall, the technology industry had made "strong progress" this year, with almost three times the number of tech employees on its list compared with 2013. This follow criticism of the sector for its lack of diversity, after companies including Yahoo, Google and Apple published their workplace demographics. In a letter accompanying Apple's findings, CEO Tim Cook said he was "not satisfied" with the figures and called for more to be done.
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