The 2013 Hamptons A-List

The power players on every invitation list

profiles by Cindi Cook
illustrations by Gary Hovland

THE SUMMER IS BEST SPENT away from the hustle bustle and sweltering heat of the city. This oasis of an alternate world offers open air, ocean breezes and sprawling green lawns. But that’s just the start of it: With the city-dwellers’ annual migration to the Hamptons comes a slew of South Fork social events. All of New York’s power players are represented: the tycoons, the financiers, the fashionistas, the media giants, the philanthropists and so on. There are the Blue Book perennials, in their grand old houses, who have grown up in the Hamptons and whose kids are growing up in the Hamptons. Then there are always some fresh faces looking to make their mark—sweeping up notable properties, carting in a team of decorators and aiming to establish the next can’t-miss party of the season. New or old, New Yorker or transplant, the names that you need to know this summer are listed here. You can take the people out of New York, but you can’t take the “New York” out of the people. Here, for your reading plea- sure, is the East End who’s-who: because who lives where, who is throwing what party, who is going to what party or not going to what party matters! So get acquainted with the A-List.

beth rudin dewoody

Prominent philanthropist and contributor to charities such as The Watermill Center and the Parrish Art Museum, Beth Rudin DeWoody has been a fixture in the Hamptons since the ’70s, with Southampton being the town where she hangs her hat. Daughter of the late real estate mogul Lewis Rudin, DeWoody has a family name quickly recognizable to New Yorkers because of the clan’s major contributions to city parks, schools, hospitals and other institutions. DeWoody’s own career commenced in the film industry when she helped produce iconic movies like The Front and Annie Hall. She fell into lockstep with the family business, though, joining the real estate world and heading her grandfather Samuel Rudin’s philanthropic foundation. This summer, the renowned art collector has an exhibition coined “EST-3: Southern California in New York,” housed at the Parrish. She is also newly married to photographer Firooz Zahedi.

Art World Heavyweights

  • John Alexander
  • Ruth Appelhof
  • Donald Baechler
  • Ross Bleckner
  • Chuck Close
  • George Condo
  • Beth Rudin DeWoody
  • Terry Elkins
  • Eric Fischl
  • Larry Gagosian
  • April Gornik
  • Judy Hudson
  • Polly Krause
  • Dorothy Lichtenstein
  • Donald Lipski
  • Paige Peterson
  • Elizabeth Peyton
  • Richard Prince
  • Michael Roach
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Lola Schnabel
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Keith Sonnier
  • Billy Sullivan
  • Donald Sultan
  • Terrie Sultan
  • Jane Wilson
  • Robert Wilson
  • Jack Youngerman
robert wilson

Multimedia artist, director, set designer, painter, choreographer, performer, videographer, teacher, collector, architect and sculptor, Robert Wilson is a true Renaissance man. Born in Waco, Texas, Wilson moved north to conquer the changing artistic landscape and burgeoning downtown avant-garde arts scene in the late ’60s. The work he created with his company, the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, led to his eventual masterwork, Einstein on the Beach, an opera created in collaboration with Philip Glass that achieved worldwide acclaim. In 1992, Wilson founded the Watermill Center in Water Mill as a “laboratory for performance” for young and emerging artists throughout the world. As founder and artistic director, he has accomplished what many artists can only dream of: a place of peace and quiet in which to dream, think and create. The East End has provided Wilson with the perfect backdrop to do just that.

Big Wigs

  • Louis Bacon
  • David Conrod
  • John Demsey
  • Harold Ford, Jr.
  • Earl Graves
  • Neil Hirsch
  • Henry Kravis
  • Michael Lynne
  • Ron Perelman
  • Pete Peterson
  • Leonard Riggio
  • Julian Robertson
  • Felix Rohatyn
audrey and martin gruss

Philanthropists and power couple Audrey and Martin Gruss recently endowed Southampton Hospital with the substantial sum of $5 million to establish the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center, donated from their foundation, of which Audrey is president. Look for them at Southampton Hospital’s 55th Annual Summer Party on August 3, where Audrey will serve as honorary chair.

Creative Types

  • Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
  • Bryan Bantry
  • Peter Beard
  • Robert Dash
  • Ron Delsener
  • Patrick Demarchelier
  • Philippe de Montebello
  • Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman
  • Peter Marino
  • Russell Simmons
  • Russ Steele
  • Bronson van Wyck
  • Ben Watts
  • Bruce Weber
sean “diddy” combs

The notorious rapper, who has championed multiple monikers (Puff Daddy, Puffy, Puff, P. Diddy, Diddy and Swag) returns to his luxurious home in East Hampton this summer. And he’s making a comeback. Once again “Diddy,” Sean Combs is making some noise, from hyped appearances at clubs (like Marquee, where he ordered bottles of Cîroc for each table) to his publicized comeback announcement (“Diddy is back!”). The media have already taken notice, with Forbes naming him “Richest hip-hop guy on the planet” in April of this year. Between exclusive outings and private soirees, Diddy is making a return to the East End this summer that just could be the start of his second coming, which leaves us wondering . . . Will he bring back the White Party?

Aesthetic Aces

  • Anthony Baratta
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Roxine Brown
  • Jack deLashmet
  • Michael Derrig
  • Jamie Drake
  • Joe Farrell
  • Thom Filicia
  • Steven Gambrel
  • Perry Guillot
  • Peter Hallock
  • Austin Handler and Jennifer Mabley
  • James Huniford
  • Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper
  • Delphine Krakoff
  • Christopher LaGuardia
  • Jack Lenor Larsen
  • Blaze Makoid
  • Silas Marder
  • Christopher Maya
  • Richard and Marcia Mishaan
  • Charlotte Moss
  • Alex Papachristidis
  • Preston Phillips
  • Campion and Tatiana Platt
  • Fred Stelle
  • Edwina von Gal

Culinary Wizards

  • Tom Colicchio
  • Bobby Flay
  • Ina Garten
  • Eric Ripert
  • Martha Stewart
donald sultan

Born in Asheville, N.C. in 1951, this widely renowned Hamptons artist has made the East End his home for many years, finding inspiration in the landscape and natural beauty. He is known for provocative, powerful and meaningful iconography, and for still-life paintings of flowers that channel Georgia O’Keefe but are recognizably his own. He is loved by the community for his affable manner and distinctly southern charm. Sultan’s work has been featured locally at the Parrish Art Museum and galleries like The Drawing Room in East Hampton, and nationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. His work is on permanent display at the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton.

aby rosen

The real estate tycoon and art collector is known for his ownership of the iconic Seagram building and Lever House. Add to this the Gramercy Park and Paramount hotels in New York and the W South Beach in Miami and you have one cool businessman. He definitely has friends in high places; the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Vera Wang and Bono recently raised a glass to Rosen during his high-profile 53rd birthday bash. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Rosen is the definition of “working one’s way up”— and out, with a spot on Billionaire’s Row, aka Meadow Lane, which he shares with his wife Samantha Boardman Rosen and their children. He is celebrated for hosting A-list gatherings and dinners, especially at Art Basel Miami where he regularly adds to his 850-piece collection of contemporary art.

Family Matters

  • Becker Family
  • Bloomberg Family
  • Brant Family
  • Bregman Family
  • Bronfman Family
  • Channing Family
  • Farkas Family
  • Ferrer Family
  • Galesi Family
  • Greevan Family
  • Grubman Family
  • Gruss Family
  • Hampton Family
  • Hearst Family
  • Horn Family
  • Kessler Family
  • Lauder Family
  • Lauren Family
  • LeFrak Family
  • L’Esperance Family
  • Mardel Family
  • Mortimer Family
  • Nederlander Family
  • Niven Family
  • Ronson Family
  • Sulzberger Family
  • Topping Family
  • Wölffer Family
  • Wunsch Family
  • Zilkha Family

Fashion Royalty

  • Yigal Azrouël
  • Dennis Basso
  • Tory Burch
  • Grace Coddington
  • Tracy Feith
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Donna Karan
  • Calvin Klein
  • Reed Krakoff
  • Liz Lange
  • Christian Leone
  • Fern Mallis
  • Nicole Miller
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Lisa Perry
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Michelle Smith
  • Elie Tahari
  • Vera Wang
grace coddington

A model in her youth, Vogue creative director Coddington has put her stamp on the fashion bible for the past quarter century. She is the visionary behind the fantastical images of young beauties in garden settings sporting couture gowns while waiting for Mr. Darcy. A resident of Wainscott for just as long, Coddington spends her weekends relaxing, foraging in area antique shops, swimming and cooking. Born on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales, Coddington became fashion director at British Vogue prior to arriving in the States. Her first role was design director at Calvin Klein before settling in as fashion director at American Vogue in 1988, pulled in by her former British Vogue comrade, Anna Wintour. Coddington and her partner, hairstylist Didier Malige, spend as much time in the Hamptons as they can manage with their packed schedules. In 2009, the two published Catwalk Cats, a book written by Coddington and photographed by Malige but imagined from the point of view of their cats. Her latest book, Grace, A Memoir, dishes on life at Vogue as well as commentary and personal opinions on her appearance in the 2009 documentary The September Issue which made Coddington, to those who didn’t know her genius already, a star.

Hamptons Denizens

  • Jane Gill
  • Kelly Klein
  • Courtney Sale Ross
  • Barbara Walters
  • Lally Weymouth
  • Jeff Zucker
  • Mort Zuckerman

Media Elite

  • Dan Abrams
  • Ken Auletta and Amanda “Binky” Urban
  • Cathie Black
  • Dominique Browning
  • Alina Cho
  • Andy Cohen
  • Katie Couric
  • Donny Deutsch
  • Nina Garcia
  • Steve Kroft
  • Matt Lauer
  • Terry McDonell
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Shala Monroque
  • George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth
alexandra wolfe

Prominent journalist Alexandra Wolfe is no stranger to vacationing in the Hamptons—she grew up traveling to East Hampton with her family, including father and novelist, Tom Wolfe. Accomplished in her own right, Wolfe has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Portfolio among other publications. Wolfe has established herself as a hard-hitting reporter and accomplished journalist. Watch for her upcoming first book on the Silicon Valley gold rush.

Music Men (and Women)

  • Jimmy and Jane Buffett
  • Lyor Cohen
  • Sean “Diddy” Combs
  • Alexa Ray Joel
  • Billy Joel
  • Norah Jones
  • Sir Paul McCartney
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Roger Waters
bruce weber

Distinguished photographer and Montauk denizen, Bruce Weber is known the world over for his iconic photos. For the past four decades, he has photographed ad campaigns, commercials and album covers for some of the biggest names in the worlds of fashion, beauty and music, such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Estée Lauder. His photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Interview, GQ and countless other publications, comprising a body of work that has made him one of the most influential and renowned photographers in the world. In recent years Weber has turned his lens to film, with his work as a director featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011.

Power Couples

  • Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir
  • Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi
  • Christy Turlington Burns and Ed Burns
  • Gabby Karan DeFelice and GianPaolo DeFelice
  • Peggy and Mickey Drexler
  • David and Danielle Ganek
  • Judith and Rudy Giuliani
  • Shoshanna and Josh Gruss
  • Kathy and Rick Hilton
  • Gail and Carl Icahn
  • Suzanne and Woody Johnson
  • Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
  • Samantha Boardman Rosen and Aby Rosen
  • Marie and Bill Samuels
  • Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo
  • Chuck and Ellen Scarborough
  • Ian and Tania Schrager
  • Christine and Steve Schwarzman
  • Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld
  • Martin and Jean Shafiroff
  • Judy and Alfred Taubman
  • Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch
  • Sybil and David Yurman

Society Blue Book Heavyweights

  • Acquavella Family
  • Victoria and C. Minot Amory
  • Bancroft Family
  • Tiffany Dubin
  • Mica Ertegun
  • Anne Ford
  • Charlotte Ford
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Jamee and Peter Gregory
  • Nina Griscom
  • Marjorie Gubelmann
  • Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney
  • Jeannie and Christopher Lawford
  • Frederick and Virginia Melhado
  • Carroll Petrie
  • Mary and Tommy Phipps
  • Ann and John Pyne
  • Kathy and William Rayner
  • Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross

Real Estate and Hoteliers

  • André Balazs
  • Jeff Blau
  • Matt Breitenbach
  • Susan Breitenbach
  • Paul Brennan
  • Christopher Burnside
  • Melissa Cohen
  • Terry Cohen
  • Tim Davis
  • Gary DePersia
  • Judi Desiderio
  • Jay Flagg
  • Harald Grant
  • Martha Gundersen
  • Andrew Heiberger
  • Dottie Herman
  • Dolly Lenz
  • Howard Lorber
  • Jenny Lundgren
  • Billy Macklowe
  • Harry Macklowe
  • Joseph Moinian
  • Beate Moore
  • Enzo Morabito
  • Carol Nobbs
  • Lynda Packard
  • Diane Saatchi
  • Mala Sander
  • Andrew Saunders
  • Michael Schultz
  • Richard Steinberg
  • Laura White
the goelet family

One of New York’s wealthiest real estate-owning families who were among the Hamptons’ first European settlers, the Goelet family continues its generation-by-generation tradition of summer vacationing on Gardiners Island. The highly private and family-owned paradise, located on the north side of East Hampton on Gardiner’s Bay, is a 3,700–acre strip of land founded by Lion Gardiner in 1639, New York State’s first permanent English settler. Robert David Lion Gardiner was the eccentric heir who dubbed himself “Lord of the Manor” and was the last to bear the family name before his death in 2004. At that point, Alexandra Gardiner Creel Goelet—a Gardiner by blood—inherited the island and its homestead. Long a place shrouded in the mystique of prestige and privilege, Gardiners Island was also the subject of continual feuding between Alexandra’s husband, Robert Goelet, and the elder Gardiner concerning its rightful use and ownership. But that’s all in the past now. Today, Gardiners Island stands as a proud icon of Hamptons history. The Goulet/Gardiners are known for their conservationist agenda, and for regulating the island as both a national preserve and family estate. For the future, the family plans to continue the Gardiner tradition of maintaining the private property as a beacon of amity—a perfect getaway from the urban jungle.


  • Alan Alda
  • Julie Andrews
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Bob Balaban
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Lorraine Bracco
  • Mel Brooks
  • Dick Cavett
  • Robert De Niro
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Nacho Figueras
  • Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan
  • Richard Gere and Carey Lowell
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Nathan Lane
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Dina Merrill
  • Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
  • Brooke Shields
  • Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
  • Jon Stewart
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Kathleen Turner
  • Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Renée Zellweger

Society Power Players

  • Nathan Bernstein and Katharina Otto-Bernstein
  • Muriel and Nuno Brandolini
  • Louise and Vince Camuto
  • Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola
  • Andrea Karambelas and Peter Kaplan
  • David and Julia Koch
  • Dan and Cynthia Lufkin
  • Lucy Sykes Rellie and Euan Rellie
  • Ophelia and Bill Rudin
  • Alejandro Santo Domingo
  • Annette Tapert and Joe Allen
michael j. fox & tracy pollan

The fresh-faced Fox and his lovely wife have captured our hearts over the years with both their endearing talent and with the awareness, and funds, they have raised through Fox’s heroic battle against Parkinson’s Disease. After being diagnosed two decades ago, he established an eponymous foundation which has since raised more than $300 million. The couple and proud parents of four have laid down second-home roots in Quogue, with a $6.3 million home set on 1.11 acres. Replete with guest cottage and gunite pool, the retreat will serve as the perfect place this summer for the high-flying pair to kick back with family and friends.


  • Edward Albee
  • Carl Bernstein
  • Robert Caro
  • Bob Colacello
  • E.L. Doctorow
  • Bret Easton Ellis
  • Peter Matthiessen
  • Peter Mayle
  • Nick Pileggi
  • Taylor Plimpton
  • James Salter
  • Gail Sheehy
  • Alexandra Wolfe
  • Tom Wolfe