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  • The AVENUE A-List: The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2012

    One of the most impressive things about New York is our continued effect on the world at large. Not only are we a city of movers and shakers, but we do it on a global scale. So boiling down all the members of this great metropolis into a “short list” is not easy—but we’re never ones to shy away from a challenge. We chose 212 as the number to represent this year’s list, as the area code is inextricably linked with Manhattan’s elite. We have selected a variety of personalities, all of whom make a major splash in New York, and whose reach extends well beyond the five boroughs. From the perennials to the new arrivals; developers to designers; authors, actors, anchors and far beyond, these people are the ones on top. Meet this year’s influencers…

    A
    Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times
    William Acquavella, Owner of Acquavella Galleries
    Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Designer and Creative Ambassador at Large for Barney’s
    Waris Ahluwalia, Jewelry Designer
    Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel and Chairman of Fox Television Studios
    Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano, Nightlife Entrepreneurs
    Woody Allen, Director, Writer, Producer and Actor
    Tom Allon, Candidate in the 2013 Mayoral Election
    Iris Apfel, Interior Designer
    Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, Plastic Surgeon
    Brian Atwood, Shoe and Accessory Designer

    B
    Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar
    André Balazs, Hotelier
    Alec Baldwin, Actor
    Magen Banwart, Nutrition Guru
    Mario Batali, Food Network Star, Chef, Restauranteur
    Nate Berkus, Interior Designer and Television Host
    Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist
    Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO of Spanx
    Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg LP
    April Bloomfield, Chef and Restauranteur
    Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Psychiatrist and Real Estate Developer
    Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda, Curators of the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Mary Boone, Owner of the Mary Boone Gallery
    Daniel Boulud, Chef and Restauranteur
    Anthony Bourdain, Author and Host of the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large for Vogue
    Hannah Bronfman, Entrepreneur and DJ
    David Brooks, New York Times Journalist
    Gavin Brown, Gallery Owner
    Mario Buatta, Interior Designer
    Gisele Bundchen, Super Model
    Chris Burch, Venture Capitalist
    Tory Burch, Fashion Designer
    Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose, Director of the NYC City Planning and Television Host

    C
    Louis C.K., Comedian
    Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Geoffrey Canada, Social Activist
    Graydon and Ann Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair and Socialite
    David Chang, Chef and Restauranteur
    Georgina Chapman, Fashion Designer, Marchesa
    Aline Cho, CNN’s New York Bureau General Assignment Correspondent
    Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent for NBC News
    Andy Cohen, Executive Vice-President of Development and Talent at BRAVO!, Host of Watch What Happens Live
    Lyor Cohen, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group
    Dr. David Colbert, Dermatologist and Author
    Stephen Colbert, Comedian and Host of The Colbert Report
    Chase Coleman, Hedge Fund Manager
    James Costos and Michael S. Smith, HBO Executive and Interior Designer
    Katie Couric, Television Personality
    Kenneth and Maria Cuomo Cole, Fashion Designer and Documentarian
    Tom Colicchio, Chef and Restauranteur
    Anderson Cooper, Television Host
    Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Actor and Actress
    Jim Cramer, Host of CNBC’s Mad Money
    Andrew Cuomo, 56th and Current Governor of New York
    Celerie Curry, Interior Decorator, Furniture Designer
    Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, SoulCycle Founders

    D
    Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Fashion Designer
    John DeLucie, Chef and Restauranteur
    Lisa Dennison, Sotheby’s Auction House Executive
    Nick Denton, Founder of Gawker Media
    Beth Rudin DeWoody, Real Estate Executive and Philanthropist
    Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Author
    Joan Didion, Author and Journalist
    Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Real Estate Developer and Fashion Designer
    Timothy Dolan, American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
    Alain Ducasse, Chef and Restauranteur
    Lena Dunham, Actress, Writer and Producer

    E
    David Einhorn, Founder and President of Greenlight Capital
    Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. Books

    F
    Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman
    Katherine Farley, Chairwoman of Lincoln Center
    Frédéric Fekkai, Celebrity Hairstylist
    Tina Fey, Comedian, Actress, Writer and Producer
    Bobby Flay, Chef, Restauranteur and Food Network Star
    Kate Foley, Buyer for Opening Ceremony
    Nicola Formichetti, Fashion Designer and Fashion Stylist

    G
    Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Larry Gagosian, Owner of Gagosian Galleries
    Nina Garcia, Fashion Editor and Critic
    Philip Glass, Composer

    H
    Anne Hathaway, Actress
    Carolina Herrera, Fashion Designer
    Sally Hershberger, Celebrity Hairstylist
    Cathy Horyn, Fashion Reporter for the New York Times

    I
    Carl Ichan, Chairman of Ichan Enterprises

    J
    Nadine Johnson, Founder and Owner of Nadine Johnson and Assoc., Inc.
    Woody and Suzanne Johnson, Owner of the New York Jets and NFL Women’s Apparel Ambassador/Spokeswoman

    K
    Donna Karan, Fashion Designer
    Thomas Keller, Chef and Restauranteur
    Raymond Kelly, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department
    Nur Khan, Nightlife Developer
    Sidney Kimmel, Film Producer and Philanthropist
    Henry Kissinger, Diplomat
    Calvin Klein, Fashion Designer
    David Koch, Co-Owner and Vice President of Koch Industries
    Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
    Michael Kors, Fashion Designer
    Marie Josee Kravis, Philanthropist

    L
    James LaForce and Leslie Stevens, Founders and Principals of LaForce + Stevens
    Jane Lauder, Beauty Executive
    Derek Lam, Fashion Designer
    The Lauder Family, Estee Lauder Company
    Matt Lauer, Host of The Today Show
    David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Senior Vice-President of Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications for Polo Ralph Lauren and Philanthropist
    Dylan Lauren, Entrepreneurs, Dylan’s Candy Bar
    Reynol Levy, President of Fox News Channel
    Dr. Frank Lipman, Founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center
    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Actress and Actor
    Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald

    M
    Julie Macklowe, Beauty Entrepreneur
    Sean MacPherson, Hotelier
    Rachel Maddow, Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
    Madonna, Pop Icon
    Fern Mallis, Executive Director of the CFDA
    Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center
    Peter Martins, Artistic Leader of the New York City Ballet
    Jay McInerney, Author
    Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre
    Keith McNally, Restauranteur
    Danny Meyer, Restauranteur
    Lorne Michaels, TV Producer, Writer and Comedian
    Richard Mishaan, Interior Designer
    Nicole Miller, Fashion Designer
    Wendi Murdoch, Media

    N
    The Nederlander Family, The Nederlander Organization
    Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentaries, Television Producer
    Lorry Newhouse, Fashion Designer

    O
    Soledad O’Brien, Anchor of CNN’s Starting Point
    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Fashion Designers
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Television Personality

    P
    Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress and Producer
    Sean Parker, Tech Investor and Board Member of Spotify
    Ronald Perelman, Owner of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.
    Jorge Perez and Stephen Ross, Chairmen and CEOs of The Related Group
    Lisa and Richard Perry, Fashion Designer and Retail Investor
    Natalie Portman, Actress
    Dina Habib Powell, President of Goldman Sachs Foundation, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Corporate Engagement

    Q
    Carlos Quiarte, Night-life Developer
    Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council Woman, Candidate for the 2013 Mayoral Election

    R
    Bruce Ratner, Real Estate Developer
    Abbe Raven, President and CEO of A&E Television
    Kelly Ripa, Host of Live! With Kelly and Michael and Television Producer
    Eric Ripert, Chef and Restauranteur
    Mark Ronson, Music Producer and DJ
    Jane Rosenthal, Film Producer
    Cynthia Rowley, Fashion Designer

    S
    Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation
    Andrew Saffir, Founder of the Cinema Society
    Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and Restauranteur
    Alejandro Santo Domingo, Financier
    Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder of Moda Operandi
    Andre Saraiva, Nightlife Entrepreneur, Hotelier
    Diane Sawyer, ABC World News Anchor
    Tom Scherer, General Counsel for Chartis Insurance
    Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Comedian and Author
    John Sexton, President of New York University
    Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang, President of PBS/WNET New York City and Journalist for ABC News
    Amanda Sharp, Director of Frieze Art Fair
    Cindy Sherman, Artist
    Peggy Siegal, Founder of Peggy Siegal Company
    Jim Simons, President of Euclidean Capital
    Emily Smith, Editor Page Six
    Patti Smith, Singer, Songwriter and Author
    Orin Snyder, Trial Lawyer
    Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times Financial Columnist and Co-Anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box
    George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management
    Jon Stewart, Comedian and Host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    Joseph Stiglitz, Economist
    Scott Stringer, Candidate for the 2013 Mayoral Election
    Veronica Swanson Bear, Fashion Designer

    T
    Olivier Theyskens, Fashion Designer
    Christopher Tierney, Owner of Apothoke

    V
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chef and Restauranteur
    Harley Viera Newton, DJ

    W
    Alexander Wang, Fashion Designer
    Vera Wang, Fashion Designer
    Sigourney Weaver, Actress and Philanthropist
    Harvey Weinstein, Film Producer and Movie Studio Chairman
    Allison Williams, Actress
    Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News
    Bunny Williams, Interior Designer
    Wendy Williams, TV Personality
    Phil Winser and Ben Towill, Chef and Event Planner
    Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Founder of SWW Creative Fashion Agency
    Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue
    Robert Wolf, President and COO of UBS Investment Bank
    Tom Wolfe, Author

    Y
    David Yurman, Jewelry Designer

    Z
    Robert Zimmerman, Political Commentator and Democratic National Committeeman