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AVENUE’s Annual Power A-List

by AVENUE Magazine Photographed by Tory Burch
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Like the 212 area code, our annual A-List celebrates iconic New York. These power players are at the top of their game. Some occupy perennial spots on these pages. Some are just starting to emerge onto the scene. And some are such heavy hitters that they’re celebrated in our Hall of Fame. Family names are also revered—with a lineage like them, it’s impossible to fit everyone within the confines of our 212. Read on to see New York’s biggest influencers for 2016, and beyond.

Joanna Coles

In September 2016, the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan took on a new role as Hearst’s first chief content officer. In her new position, Coles will oversee Hearst magazine editors as well as new ventures and potential partnerships for the publications, both international and domestic. Coles has been at Hearst since 2006, when she was hired as the editor in chief of Marie Claire. As one of Snapchat’s board of directors, she continues to serve as a leader shaping the modern media landscape, although she will not stray far from the topics of interest at Cosmopolitan. She is to release a book with HarperCollins in 2018 about sex and love.

David Geffen

He is both an entertainment executive and philanthropy star. Geffen made a $100 million contribution to the Lincoln Center in 2015. Following the contribution, the Lincoln Center concert hall formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall was renamed David Geffen Hall. This year, Geffin contributed $100 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will soon name a new wing the David Geffen Wing. Geffen has also made notable real estate moves in the past year. In September 2016, he listed his Fifth Avenue co-op for $27.5 million, with plans to also renovate his new house in East Hampton.

Sean Parker

Parker has ignited the internet as cofounder of music streaming company Napster and as the former president of Facebook. He is also a major player in New York real estate. Parker is constructing another mansion in Manhattan with the alleged purchase of his third home in Greenwich Village. The townhouse, built in 1856, neighbors his two other homes. Parker has held residence in the area since 2010.

Eliza Reed and Alex Bolen

The two have solidified their position as the power couple behind the Oscar de la Renta brand. Eliza Reed, the stepdaughter of Oscar de la Renta, and her husband, Alex Bolen, the CEO of Oscar de la Renta, have focused on sustaining the company since de la Renta’s death in 2014. Most recently, Bolen has brought back designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim as the creative directors of the brand, and focused upon expanding the fashion label internationally. They continue to make women’s ready-to-wear a priority at the company.

Josh Tyrangiel

The media mogul is leading all news coverage for the internet giant Vice. His biggest responsibility in the coming years include sustaining the company’s news partnership with HBO. Weekly and nightly news broadcasts are to be produced by Tyrangiel and his robust team. The former Bloomberg chief content officer has contracted 26 new hires and recruited talent from BuzzFeed to the New York Times.

Karen and Bill Ackman

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler

Annette Tapert and Joe Allen

Francesca Amfitheatrof

Iris Apfel

Amy Astley

Glenda Bailey

André Balazs

Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso

Katharina Otto and Nathan Bernstein

Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose

Debra and Leon Black

Laura and Lloyd Blankfein

Derek Blasberg

Lisa and Jeff Blau

Emma Bloomberg

Diana Taylor and Michael Bloomberg

Andrew Bolton and Thom Browne

Hamish Bowles

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant

Geoffrey Bradfield

Tory Burch

H. Woody Brock

Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky

Thomas Campbell

Anna and Graydon Carter

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton

Michael Clinton

Bob Colacello

Stephen Colbert

Anderson Cooper

Misty Copeland

Stephanie and Chase Coleman

Amy Fine and Brad Collins

Marina Rust and Ian Connor

Blaine Trump and Robert Caravaggi

John Demsey

Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro

Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller

Timothy Dolan

Peggy and Mickey Drexler

Patricia Duff

Susan Magrino and Jim Dunning

Stacey Bendet and Eric Eisner

Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans

Linda Fargo

Dennis Freedman

Larry Gagosian

Jonathan Galassi

Marina and Francesco Galesi

Peter Gelb

Misha Nonoo and Alexander Gilkes

Martha and John Glass

Toni and James Goodale

Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino

Agnes Gund

Gillian Hearst and Christian Simonds

Andrew Heiberger

Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels

Dottie Herman

Marshall Heyman

Lester Holt

Carl and Gail Icahn

Sessa and Richard Johnson

Paul Tudor Jones II

Audra Asencio and Paul Jowdy

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos

Jill and Harry Kargman

David Karp

Dana and Richard Kirshenbaum

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

Steven Kolb

Jeff Koons

Kathy Korte

James LaForce

Betsy Kenny Lack and Andy Lack

Dominique Lévy

Pamela Liebman

Howard Lorber

Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi

Julie Macklowe

Rachelle Hruska and Sean MacPherson

Fern Mallis

Jane Trapnell and Peter Marino

Howard and Nancy Marks

Wynton Marsalis

Peter Martins

Anthony Marx

Michael McCarty

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney

Keith McNally

Richard Meier

Ed Menicheschi

Danny Meyer

Lorne Michaels

John Micklethwait

Steve Millington

Les Moonves and Julie Chen

Adam Moss

Edward Nardoza

Queen Noor of Jordan

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Jenny and John Paulson

Don and Katrina Peebles

Ronald Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman

Emmanuel Perrin

Lisa and Richard Perry

Frederick Peters

Nick Pileggi

Diane Ramirez

Kathy and William Rayner

Esther Fein and David Remnick

Avis and Bruce Richards

Zibby Schwarzman and Kyle Owens

Carolyne Roehm

Jill and Andrew Roosevelt

Charlie Rose

Dr. Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen

Jane Rosenthal

Kara and Stephen Ross

Hilary and Wilbur Ross

Daryl and Steven Roth

Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg

David Saltzman

Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo

Lady Charlotte Wellesley and Alejandro Santo Domingo

Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir

Tania and Ian Schrager

Gayfryd Steinberg and Michael Schnayerson

Vanessa Traina and Charlie de Viel Castel

Eddie Shapiro

Stuart Siegal

Renee and Richard Steinberg

Elizabeth Stribling

Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos

Allison and Leonard Stern

Mimi and Barry Sternlicht

Leslie Stevens

Lucy and Phil Suarez

Nan and Gay Talese

Serena Boardman and John Theodoracopulos

Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Stefano Tonchi and David Maupin

Caroline von Humboldt and Christophe von Hohenberg

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Darren Walker

Vera Wang

Rickie De Sole and Derek Webster

Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein

Paul Wilmot

Bronson van Wyck

Hal Willkie

Shelby Bryan and Anna Wintour

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Caryn and Jeff Zucker

Mort Zuckerman

Monica Seeman and David Zwirner


For certain families, power is a tradition

The Astons

The Bronfmans

The Chantecailles

The Elgorts

The Fanjuls

The Farkases

The Gregorys

The Gubelmanns

The Herreras

The Johnsons

The Kochs

The Lauders

The Laurens

The LeFraks

The Macks

The Murdochs

The Neidichs

The Peabodys

The Rockefellers

The Roses

The Rudins

The Schnabels

The Schwarzmans

The Sulzbergers

The Tisches

The Zeckendorfs

The Ziffs

The Zilkhas


Perennially powerful

Anne Bass

Mercedes Bass

Deeda Blair

Annette de la Renta

Virginia Coleman and Peter Duchin

Mica Ertegun

Louise Grunwald

Linda and Mort Janklow

Calvin Klein

Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis

Kenneth Jay Lane

Virginia and Frederick Melhado

Georgette Mosbacher

Jamie Niven

Joan Ganz Cooney and Pete Peterson

Lee Radziwill

Peggy Siegal

Melania and Donald Trump

Gloria Vanderbilt

Lauren and John Veronis

Joan and Sanford Weill

Jayne Wrightsman


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