HUMZA Yousaf, the SNP minister for Europe and international development, is the only Scot listed amongst the UK's most powerful ethnic south Asians.

The Glasgow MSP and rising SNP star who became the Scottish Government's first ever Muslim minister enters the GG2 Power 101 for the first time.

The 30-year-old is a new entry at number 87 on this year's list which is compiled by the Asian Media and Marketing Group.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid topped the list, beating the richest Asians in Britain, the Hinduja brothers Gopichand and Srichand and minister of state for employment Priti Patel who finished second and third respectively.

Former One Direction vocalist Zayn Malik drops out the top 10 which sees some distinguished names across different sectors - including media and entertainment and business, as well as two Nobel Prize winners.

Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan who has received a Nobel Prize for Chemistry, jumps 47 places to number five on the list. Earlier this year Sir Venki, was elected president of the Royal Society, the first Indian-born person to hold this post in 350 years.

The second is the young activist and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who at just 18 years old, remains the youngest entry on the list.

An awards spokeswoman said: "Named the One to Watch at The Scottish Politician of the Year Awards in 2012, Humza Yousaf has lived up the billing.

"His achievements have made him the youngest and the first ethnic minority to be appointed in the history of the Scottish Government.

"The Glasgow University graduate, who won the Future Force of Politics Award 2010, has been an MSP for four years.

"During his tenure, he has helped to distribute more than £30 million to good causes and helped coordinate the response to disasters including the Ebola virus in Africa, the Haiti typhoon, the Gaza conflict and the Nepal Earthquake.

"He also managed to persuade the UK Government to take Syrian refugees, of which a portion have been granted asylum in Scotland."

The awards organisers say Mr Yousaf has also been heralded for opening the door for other ethnic minorities and young people to enter politics by funding a scholarship programme.

"After being a prominent member of the SNP’s campaign for independence in 2014 and successful general election in May, the future looks bright for Humza," said the spokeswoman.