Occupy Wall Street banged on about it. Karl Marx theorised about it. At the University of Wollongong there's even a research centre for it. If we adopt the premise that capital is power, then there shouldn't be any hesitation in anointing Lindsay Maxsted Australia's standard bearer of boardroom influence.

The former corporate work-out specialist came in at No. 1 on the Optimice Market Capitalisation Influence Index with over $200 billion (about 16% of the total ASX) sitting under his wing thanks to directorships of two of Australia's five biggest companies -- BHP Billiton and Westpac, the latter of which he chairs.