The AVENUE A-List: The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2013

New Yorkers are New York City’s secret weapon and what make it unlike any other place in the world. We’re fast, tough, independent and creative. Every year we pay tribute to these extraordinary people. Our A-list is a reflection of the very best that Manhattan has to offer. Our A-listers achieve in more than one area at a time and we realize that today’s entrepreneurs could be tomorrow’s philanthropic stars—or vice versa. 212 is the number we chose to represent this year’s list as the area code has always been linked with classic New York. Our list isn’t just the most powerful people in New York, it’s the most interesting. If you are seated next to anyone on this list, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

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Marina Abramović

 

– Performance Artist

 

The world’s most famous performance artist just raised $600,000 through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, to open the Marina Abramović Institute in bucolic Hudson, New York. The Institute will be dedicated to the preservation of the Abramović Method, which in the past has included artistic feats such as the artist aiming a bow and arrow at her romantic partner, and sitting in a chair for eight hours a day, staring at strangers in silence. Lady Gaga also helped out with fundraising. How many artists can claim that?

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times The Acquavella Family, Gallery Owners Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Designer; Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys Herb Allen III, President and CEO of Allen & Company Woody Allen, Director, Writer, Producer and Actor Iris Apfel, Interior Designer Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL Dr. Sherrell J. and Muffie Potter Aston, Plastic Surgeon; Charity Activist

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Louis Bacon

 

– Founder of Moore Capital Management

 

This founder of the hedge fund Moore Capital Management is one of the more self-made—and humble—billionaires around. He named his hedge fund after his middle name and expanded his business to include Moore Global Investments, using just $25,000 he inherited from his family. He owns the historic Robins Island estate off Long Island, where he regularly hosts English style pheasant hunts for his friends. He also runs the Moore Charitable Foundation, which advocates for the conservation and protection of natural resources around the world.

Maria Baibakova

 

– Founder of Baibakova Art Projects

 

At the tender age of 27, this daughter of Russian oligarch Oleg Baibakov made a name for herself as an arts patron in Russia by founding the highly influential Red October nonprofit art space, in a former chocolate factory in Moscow. Now, having finished her MBA at Harvard last spring, she’s carving a stake for herself in New York, helping to fund the art ecommerce site Artspace and be- coming an all-around arts patron who has earned a reputation as “Russia’s Peggy Guggenheim.”

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar André Balazs, Hotelier and President and CEO of André Balazs Properties Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Actor; Yoga Instructor The Bancroft Family, Charity Activists Mercedes Bass, Charity Activist Jonathan Becker and Alexandra Kotur, Vanity Fair Photographer; Creative Director of Town & Country Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose, Actress and Producer; Real Estate Mogul and Philanthropist

Preet Bharara

 

– U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

 

Preet Bharara cut his chops prosecuting the Gambino crime family as assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, but he’s recently earned the nickname “Sheriff of Wall Street” for an unprecedented campaign against financial corruption. He oversaw the investigation of Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted of 14 counts of insider trading in 2012, and sued Bank of America for $1 billion, accusing it of defrauding the government during the financial crisis. This summer, he charged SAC Capital Advisors, a $10 billion group of hedge funds, with insider trading. His prosecution of Wall Street has produced 73 guilty pleas or convictions—and counting, if he has his way.

Jeff T. Blau, Real Estate Developer and CEO of Related Companies Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Derek Blasberg, Writer, Editor, Author and Man-about-town Ross Bleckner, Artist Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg L.P.; Managing Director at Wolfensohn Fund Management Dr. Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Psychiatrist; Real Estate Tycoon Serena Boardman and John Theodoracopulos, Sotheby’s International Real Estate Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker; Shipping Heir Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Spanish Princess; Manager and Founder of Optima Fund Management Alex and Eliza Reed Bolen, CEO and a Director of Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.; VP of Licensing for Oscar de la Renta, Ltd. Andrew Bolton and Thom Browne, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Fashion Designer Mary Boone, Mary Boone Gallery Owner Daniel Boulud, Chef and Restaurateur Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-large for Vogue Geoffrey Bradfield, Interior Designer Daniel Brodsky, Real Estate Developer and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Bronfman Family, Seagram Corporation Gavin Brown and Hope Atherton, Art Gallery Owner; Artist Mario Buatta, Interior Decorator and Author Chris Burch, Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital

Tory Burch

 

– Fashion Designer

 

Designer Tory Burch built a global behemoth around ballet flats, and became a billionaire as a result. Now, no longer bogged down with her expensive divorce from her ex-husband—and former business partner— she’s already branching out: She’ll launch her first fragrance this fall and is hoping to expand her global profile by adding to her stores worldwide (she already has 90). She also runs the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports women’s empowerment in the business world. She’d know all about that.

Amanda Burden, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning

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Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Robert Caravaggi, Restaurateur and Co-Owner of Swifty’s Wendy Carduner, Doubles Club President Graydon and Anna Scott Carter, Vanity Fair Power Couple and Restaurateurs Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent for NBC News; Principal with the Clinton Foundation, concentrating on health issues Bob Colacello, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Contributor and Biographer Stephen Colbert, Comedian and Host of The Colbert Report Kenneth and Maria Cuomo Cole, Fashion Designer; Documentarian Chase and Stephanie Coleman, Hedge Fund Power Couple Joanna Coles and Peter Godwin, Editor of Cosmopolitan; Journalist Amy Fine Collins, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Ian Connor and Marina Rust Connor, Managing Director of Investment Banking at JPMorgan Chase; Vogue Contributing Editor Katie Couric, Television Host and Journalist Anderson Cooper, Broadcast Journalist

Michael Corbat

 

– Citigroup CEO

 

Michael Corbat climbed the ranks of Citigroup to become the CEO of the global bank in 2012. He’s the fourth person to hold that title in the last decade, but after a tumultuous period, which included the recent financial crisis, Corbat seems to be making good on his promise to turn the financial powerhouse around. In its first quarter of 2013, Citigroup’s profits surged by 30 percent, beating every- one’s expectations.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Actor and Actress Elissa Cullman, Interior Designer and Cullman & Kravis Co-founder Susan Cullman and John Joseph Kirby Jr., Philanthropists Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee, 56th and Current Governor of New York; Entrepreneur Boykin Curry and Celerie Kemble, Managing Director of Eagle Capital Management; Interior Designer

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Oscar and Annette de la Renta, Fashion Designer; Philanthropist John Demsey, Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. Lisa Dennison, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America Joan Didion, Novelist and Journalist Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Senior Executive of IAC/InterActive Corp. and Media Executive; Fashion Designer Mickey Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group

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Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. Books Mica Ertegun, Interior Designer

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The Fanjul Family, Sugar Magnates Linda Fargo, Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman Katherine Farley, Senior Managing Director, Brazil and China, at Tishman Speyer and Chair of Lincoln Center

Tina Fey

 

– Writer and Actress

 

One of the greatest comedy writers alive today said goodbye to her show 30 Rock this year following seven very consistent seasons. She essentially changed the game of network televi- sion, raising everyone’s standards and proving that slapstick could be smart as well as funny. But don’t worry: She’s already sold a new show to NBC— a workplace comedy focusing on a female writer, à la 30 Rock, which is being described as “Cheers on Fire Island”—and now serves as trustee to the board of the American Museum of Natural History.

Larry Fink

 

– CEO of BlackRock

 

The founder and CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, Fink measures his company’s money in trillions. His financial guidance is sought after by everyone from retirees—he is an outspoken critic of the national savings level— to the U.S. government, which hired BlackRock as a fixer during the financial crisis. Fink is also thoroughly progressive, urging financiers to, as he put it in a recent interview, “evolve with the world.”

Dexter Filkins, New York Times Foreign Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Dennis Freedman, Creative Director of Barneys New York

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Larry Gagosian, Gallery Owner Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux David and Danielle Ganak, Hedge Fund Power Couple and Art Collectors Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera

Audrey Gelman

 

– Political Spokesperson

 

Audrey Gelman is possibly the only publicist in New York who’s more famous than her boss. As the head press secretary for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Gelman stridently campaigned for the Democrat’s primary election bid for New York City comptroller—which he won handily against former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Stringer will face a Republican opponent in November, giving Gelman an opportunity for extended employment. But if that doesn’t last, she can always fall back on her recurring supporting role on HBO’s Girls, alongside her best friend Lena Dunham.

Barbara Gladstone, Gallery Owner Stephen and Cathy Graham, Playwright; Philanthropist Peter and Jamee Gregory, Financier; Author Nina Griscom, Charity Activist Marjorie Gubelmann, Founder, Owner and CEO of Vie Luxe International and DJ

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Madeleine Haeringer and Vanessa Silverton-Peel, Executive Producer at NBC News; Producer for the Rachel Maddow Show Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Fashion Designer; Fifth Marqués of Torre Casa, Venezuala The Hess Family, Oil Family Fortune and Philanthropists

Robert and Grace Hightower De Niro

 

– Entrepreneur, Actor, Producer and Director

 

Robert De Niro is one of the most loved actors of our time, an acclaimed director and a co-founder of TriBeCa Enterprises. Through TriBeCa’s various media holdings, including the TriBeCa Film Festival, he has helped highlight New York as a major filmmaking center. Grace is also an actor—you’ll see her in minor roles in several films by Lee Daniels, as well as a mother, real estate developer and activist. Recently, she’s turned her attention to Rwanda, starting Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, a fair trade coffee company that she stated, she hopes will “give back to the farmers.”

Chris Hughes

 

– Media Owner

 

Hughes cofounded Facebook, and used his fortune to purchase a majority stake in the New Republic magazine in 2012. Unlike a lot of wealthy media moguls, he holds the double title of editor-in-chief and publisher. In only a year, he’s taken a notoriously stodgy magazine and revamped it, hiring young talent, bringing back some of the old guard that had left—most notably his right-hand man in editorial matters, Franklin Foer—and made the publication relevant to a whole new generation of readers.

Katie Holmes, Actress and Fashion Designer Cathy Horyn, New York Times Fashion Critic Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

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Carl Icahn, Chairman and Majority Shareholder of Ichan Enterprises Ralph and Ala Isham, Managing Director of GH Venture Partners; Philanthropist

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Marc Jacobs, Fashion Designer Luke Janklow, Literary Agent Andrew and Nancy Jarecki, Filmmaker; Beauty Entrepreneur Nadine Johnson, Founder and Owner of Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. Robert “Woody” Johnson IV and Suzanne Johnson, Philanthropist and Owner of the New York Jets; NFL Women’s Apparel Ambassador/ Spokesperson

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Donna Karan, Fashion Designer Thomas Keller, Chef and Restaurateur Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Chair of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation; Director of Stribling Private Brokerage Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner

Caroline Kennedy

 

– Nominated for Ambassador to Japan

 

President Obama has nominated Kennedy as the next ambassador to Japan, and with good reason: The daughter of JFK is an all-around Renaissance woman, with a background in law—she’s a member of both the New York and Washington, DC, bars—and an impressive journalistic pedigree (she covered the death of Elvis Presley for Rolling Stone and has edited nine New York Times bestsellers). She’s awaiting Senate confirmation for her ambassadorship, and if approved, will become the first female American ambassador to Japan.

Gayle King, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning Henry Kissinger, Former Statesman and Secretary of State Calvin Klein, Fashion Designer David and Julia Koch, Businessman and Philanthropist; Patron of the Arts Steven Kolb, CEO of Council of Fashion Designers of America The Kopelman Family, Literary and Fashion Family Michael Kors, Fashion Designer Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, Economist and Philanthropist; Co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

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James LaForce and Leslie Stevens, Co-Founders of Laforce + Stevens public relations firm Gerrity and Patricia Herrera Lansing, CEO of Equator, LLC; Creative Consultant for Carolina Herrera The Lauder Family, Beauty Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs

Leonard Lauder

 

– Esteé Lauder Chairman Emeritus and Philanthropist

 

Lauder is a cosmetics mogul but perhaps more importantly he is a first-rate art collector—for others. A long-time benefactor of many of New York’s museums, he donated $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2008, the largest gift ever received by the museum. Lauder then outdid himself, in 2013, donating to the Metropolitan Museum of Art $1 billion worth of his own collection, including works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso—a whopping 33 works by the latter artist, in fact. Overall, the gift is widely considered one of the greatest private-collection donations in recent history.

The Lauren Family, Fashion Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs The LeFrak Family, Real Estate Developers and Philanthropists Dominique Lévy, Gallery Owner Howard Lorber, President and CEO of Vector Group Jenna Lyons, J.Crew Creative Director

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The Mack Family, Investment Bankers and Philanthropists The Macklowe Family, Real Estate Developers Rachel Maddow, Political TV Anchor Madonna, Pop Star and Entrepreneur Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week Peter Marino, Architect Catie Marron, Philanthropist and Author Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Peter Martins, Dancer, Choreographer and Former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, Philanthropist; Writer Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre Jon Meacham, Executive Editor and Vice President at Random House Tamara Mellon, Former Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Jimmy Choo The Mortimer Family, Philanthropists Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief of New York magazine

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The Nederlander Family, Broadway Scions The Newhouse Family, Condé Nast Executives The Neidich Family, Real Estate, Art and Philanthropy Leaders Lynn Nesbit, Literary Agent and Co-owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates The Niven Family, Media and Philanthropy Family Deborah Norville, Television Anchor and Journalist

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Soledad O’Brien, Broadcast Journalist Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Actresses and Fashion Designers

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George Packer, Journalist, Novelist and Playwright Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Actors

Sean Parker

 

– Internet Entrepreneur

 

The billionaire founder of Napster is all grown up now, and he has photos from his multi-million-dollar Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding to prove it. Parker has had his hand in nearly all of the tech world’s major developments in the last 15 years. With Napster, he changed the way people purchased (or, really, didn’t purchase) music. His early investment in Facebook was instrumental in the social networking site’s rise to global superpower. And as an investor in Spotify, he came full circle, helping to transform a small Swedish music-streaming service into a resource for music lovers, belatedly making the file-sharing he created with Napster legal. One more thing: Justin Timberlake played him in the movie, The Social Network.

John A. Paulson, Hedge Fund Manager, Paulson & Co. and Philanthropist Ronald Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Owner of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.; Psychiatrist; Philanthropists

Jonah Peretti

 

– Internet Entrepreneur

 

A co-founder of the online Huffington Post, Peretti, in 2006, went on to create the so-called “internet popularity contest” that is Buzzfeed. In just a few short years, he transformed a website known for its esoteric lists (see: “The 32 Most Iconic Eye Rolls of All Time”) and pictures of funny animals into a veritable media empire, with actual breaking news and political commentary. OK, there are still pictures of funny animals, too.

Emmanuel Perrin, President and CEO of Cartier North America Richard and Lisa Perry, Founder of Perry Capital LLC; Fashion Designer Peter Peterson, Businessman and Author

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Bruce Ratner, Real Estate Developer Celine Rattray, Producer William and Kathy Rayner, Artist; Philanthropist David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker

Rebecca Robertson

 

– Executive Producer of the Park Avenue Armory

 

As the president and executive producer of the Park Avenue Armory, Robertson took an old drill hall on the Upper East that was quite literally falling apart and turned it into one of the best art spaces in the city. She has given over the hall’s 55,000 square feet of space to artists like Tom Sachs (who imagined a life- size space mission to Mars), Paul McCarthy (who created a pornographic Snow White inside a recreation of his childhood home) and Philip Glass (who played his over-three- hour masterpiece Music in 12 Parts in its entirety on his 70th birthday). Not only that, but she’s also overseen the ambitious renovation of the building by the architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.

The Rockefeller Family, Industrial, Political and Banking Family The Rohatyn Family, Bankers, Diplomats, and Art Collectors The Ronson Dexter-Jones Family, Music and Fashion Entrepreneurs Charlie Rose, Broadcast Journalist Jane Rosenthal, Film Producer and President of TriBeCa Productions Wilbur and Hilary Ross, Investment Banker; Writer Philip Roth, Novelist The Rudin Family, Real Estate Dynasty and Philanthropists

Beth Rudin DeWoody

 

– Real Estate Developer and Art Collector

 

Artists know they’ve made it when Beth Rudin DeWoody owns one of their works. The executive vice president of Rudin Management Co., the New York real estate company headed by her father, Beth DeWoody has championed artists like John Waters and Tom Sachs when few people even knew who they were. She’s also been a longtime supporter of Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin, and is a trustee at the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She recently married photographer Firooz Zahedi. They met, appropriately, when she won a portrait session with him at an AIDS charity auction.

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Andrew Saffir, Founder of The Cinema Society Alejandro Santo Domingo, Financier Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo, Contributing Editor at Vogue and Co-founder of Moda Operandi; Kemado Records Co-founder and President Diane Sawyer, Journalist and ABC World News Anchor The Schnabel Family, Artists and Filmmakers

Stephen and Christine Schwarzman

 

– CEO of the Blackstone Group; Attorney and Philanthropist

 

Schwarzman, one of the wealthiest people in America, became the managing director of Lehman Brothers at just 31 years of age, then co-founded the Blackstone Group. The firm started buying up foreclosed homes in 2012 and is now the largest owner of houses in the United States. This year, Schwarzman invested $100 million to create the Schwarzman Scholars program in China, which he says will “create a group of future leaders from around the world.” He is a major philanthropist, as his wife Christine (who is an intellectual property lawyer by trade). The duo gives major support to some of the City’s most important institutions.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Comedian; Author Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang, President of PBS/ WNET New York City; Journalist for ABC News Amanda Sharp, Co-founder of Frieze Art Fair Cindy Sherman, Artist Peggy Siegal, Founder of The Peggy Siegal Company Nate Silver, Statistician and Writer, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN’s FiveThirty-Eight Blog Emily Smith, Editor, Page Six Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times Financial Columnist and Co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management Rob and Anne-Cecilie Speyer, President of Tishman Speyer and Chairman of Real Estate Board of New York; Marketing Director Lorin Stein, Editor of The Paris Review Richard and Renee Steinberg, Executive Managing Director of Warburg Realty; Charity Activist Jon Stewart, Host of the Daily Show Martha Stewart, Business Magnate, Writer and Television Personality The Sulzberger Family, Owners and Publishers of the New York Times

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The Tisch Family, Real Estate Dynasty, Loews Corporation; Co-owners of the New York Giants and Philanthropists Donald and Melania Trump, Real Estate Developer; Entrepreneur

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Amanda “Binky” Urban, Literary Agent

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Yvonne Force Villareal, President and Co-founder of the Art Production Fund

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Barbara Walters, Broadcast Journalist and Creator/Co-host of The View

Alexander Wang

 

– Fashion Designer

 

The rise of designer Alexander Wang has been nothing short of meteoric: It’s hard to believe that his first New York runway show was in 2007, when Wang was just a few years out of Parsons. His designs, with their angular tailoring and dark color scheme, have become ubiquitous. And his new role as creative director of Balenciaga has given him an altogether different platform. He’s said he’ll focus on taking the storied fashion house back to its roots. His first collection was met with almost universal acclaim; the only real complaint was that people wanted to see more of Alexander Wang in it. Now, everyone in fashion is wondering what he’ll do next.

Vera Wang, Fashion Designer Claude Wasserstein, Entrepreneur Derek and Rickie De Sole Webster, Entrepreneur; Senior Accessories Editor at Vogue Boaz Weinstein, Hedge Fund Manager and Founder of Saba Capital Management

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman

 

– Producer and Studio Head; Marchesa Founder and Designer

 

As the founder of Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company, producer Harvey Weinstein racks up Oscar nominations like parking tickets. He launched the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Pedro Almódovar and is an ardent supporter of social issues of all kinds, serving for instance on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York nonprofit that fights poverty. His marriage to English fashion mogul Georgina Chapman, a co-founder of the Marchesa label, has made the duo one of New York’s most glamorous power couples. They had a second child this year, making the family into something of a mini-empire.

Brian Williams, News Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News Bunny Williams, Interior Designer and Owner of Treillage Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Founder of SWW Creative Fashion agency Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast Tom Wolfe, Author Jayne Wrightsman, Art Collector and Philanthropist

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles, Rapper and Music Producer; Singer and Songwriter The Zeckendorf Family, Real Estate Developers The Ziff Family, Investors and Philanthropists John Zorn, Composer and Record Producer