Steve Hilton is spindoctor to Prime Minister David Cameron, currently on a year long sabbatical in California from May 2012.
Cameron's closest adviser
Formerly in advertising, Hilton worked with Cameron on the 1992 election campaign. He set up his own company, Good Business, but spent six months "in a darkened room", thinking up ways to help his friend to win. Sharp and quick-witted, he is credited with many of Mr Cameron's new buzzwords.  He and his wife former Tory spindoctor Rachel Whetstone, who now works for Google were also godparents to Mr Cameron's eldest child, Ivan, who died in February 2009.
Hilton has a 'studiously low profile' but is reportedly involved in every decision Cameron takes, according to The Times. He is 'intensely proud' that by May 2010 only two public photos existed of him with Cameron. 'In one they are standing so far apart that magazines are forced to run it over a double-page spread.'  He earns £90,000 a year.
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