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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carl Ichan, Chairman of Ichan Enterprises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olivier Theyskens, Fashion Designer
Christopher Tierney, Owner of Apothoke

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

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

David Yurman, Jewelry Designer

Robert Zimmerman, Political Commentator and Democratic National Committeeman