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The Power Elite, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Things change. Things stay the same. AVENUE has published its annual A-List for decades, and last year updated it, renaming it the Power Elite List and dividing it into broad categories that reflect life at the top in the 21st century in our city. This is not an American A-List, or an International A-List, or a list of who gets invited to screenings of the latest Marvel cartoon-character movies. It’s a tabulation of power in this city at this moment. And our team strives to keep it up-to-date.

This year, a handful of powerful men disappeared from the precincts of power in our town, and this list reflects their departure. Politics in New York has turned a corner, too. Suddenly, self-described socialists win elections here, and (at least some) backers of the current administration in Washington admit to second thoughts. This is healthy. Like our skyline, our establishment is permanent even as it is ever-evolving. With this list, we celebrate it—and those of you who’ve made it. And if you didn’t, remember what we said last year: There’s always next year.

Son et Lumiere

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin

Bryan Bantry

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Steve Janowitz and Joy Behar

Byrdie Bell

Matthew C. Blank

Katie Brown

Barbara Corcoran

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson

Ellin and Ron Delsener

Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich

David Geffen

Brooke Hayward

Padma Lakshmi

Billy Joel

Spike Lee

Michael and Nina Lynne

Wynton Marsalis

Kate McKinnon

Alice and Lorne Michaels

Jane Rosenthal

Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir

Peggy and Henry Schleiff

Liev Schreiber

Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld

Paul Simon

Jon Stewart

Martha Stewart

Naomi Watts


Frances Beatty and Alan Adler

Paola Antonelli

Colin Bailey

Tony Bechara

Marianne Boesky

Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky

Misty Copeland

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jeffrey Deitch

Whitney Donhauser

Morgan Entrekin

Sara Friedlander

Ellen V. Futter

Peter Gelb

Max Hollein

Joan Jakobson

Maria Cooper and Byron Janis

Glenn D. Lowry

Anthony Marx

Lisa Phillips

Hunt Slonem

Hope Dworaczyk and Robert Smith

Dan and Carol Strone

Thelma Golden

Michael M. Thomas

Yvonne Force and Leo Villareal

Daniel Weiss


Yasmin Aga Khan

Maria Beatrice and Riprand Arco-Zinneberg

Marc de Gontaut Biron

Vanessa Bismarck

Lorenzo Borghese

Muriel and Nuno Brandolini

Liliana and William Cavendish

Bara and Roger de Cabrol

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece

Philippos of Greece and Denmark

Firyal Hussein

Dimitri Karageorgevich

Maria-Immaculata Liechtenstein

Noor Pahlavi

Michael von Habsburg-Lothringen

Géza von Habsburg

Christophe von Hohenberg

Cecile von Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Anita and Johannes Graf von Schönborn

Beatrice Windsor

Marina Cherlotte Windsor

Cafe Society

André Balazs

Daniel Boulud

Danny Bowien

Mario Carbone

Wendy Carduner

Tom Colicchio

Scott Conant

Gabby Karan and Gianpaolo de Felice

Kay Gilman

Gherardo Guarducci

Omar Hernandez

Caroline and Andrew Fox Hirsch

Alex Hitz

Daniel Humm

Nur Khan

Rachelle Hruska and Sean MacPherson

Cristina and Charles Masson Jr.

Nobu Matsuhisa

Michael and Kim McCarty

John McDonald

Audrey and Danny Meyer

Steve Millington

Stratis Morfogen

Lisa and Julian Niccolini

Drew Nieporent

Richie Notar

Eugene Remm

Tania Wahlstedt and Ian Schrager

Gabriel Stulman

Alex Stupak

Lucy and Phil Suarez

Rich Torrisi

Julio Pena and Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta

Alex von Bidder

Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten

Michael White

Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian

Jeff Zalaznick


Roland Augustine

Frances Beatty

Ross Bleckner

Mary Boone

Gavin Brown

Henry Buhl

Chuck Close

Paula Cooper

Will Cotton

Anh Duong

Inger McCabe Elliott

Larry Gagosian

Barbara Gladstone

Arne Glimcher

Marian Goodman

Jared du Pont Goss

Ian and Ellen Graham

Agnes Gund

Mary Hilliard

Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan

Deborah Kass

Jeff and Justine Koons

Dominique Lévy

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann

Lawrence Luhring

Matthew Marks

Robert and Adriana Mnuchin

Jamie Niven

Enoc Perez

Paige Peterson

Clifford Ross

Alexia Hamm and Baird Ryan

Sana Sabbagh

Cindy Sherman

Keith Sonnier

Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas

Donald Sultan

Marlies Verhoeven Reijtenbagh

William Wegman

Ivan Wirth

Dustin Yellin

Monica Seeman and David Zwirner


Dan Abrams

Anne Kreamer and Kurt Andersen

Rebecca and Jesse Angelo

Joe Armstrong

Amy Astley

Genevieve Bahrenburg

Dean Baquet

James Bennet

Christine Biddle

Derek Blasberg

Susan Blond

Hamish Bowles

Kate Betts and Chip Brown

Katy Close and Christopher Buckley

Claudia and Bartle Breese Bull

Anna Scott and Graydon Carter

Alejandra Cicognani

Michael Clinton

Jessica Coen

Bob Colacello

Stephen Colbert

Anderson Cooper

Peter Davis

Nancy Dubuc

Ronan Farrow

Pamela and Jimmy Finkelstein

Jonathan Galassi

Gayle King

Anthony Haden-Guest

Joan and Morton “Skip” Hamburg

R. Couri Hay

Carla and Tony Hendra

Amy Hoadley

Sharon King Hoge

Warren and Olivia Hoge

Jared Hohlt

Chris Hughes

Radhika Jones

Alexandra Kotur and Jonathan Becker

Betsy Kenny and Andrew Lack

Lewis and Joan Lapham

Aaron Latham and Leslie Stahl

Christine Schott and George Ledes

Kate Lewis

Steve Lynch

Anna and Bill Mann

Christopher Mason

Alison Mazzola

Cynthia McFadden

Patrick McMullan

Seth Meyers

John Micklethwait

Ian Mohr

Christine Mortimer Biddle

Adam Moss

Matt Murray

Sheila Nevins

Polly Onet

Laura Bush and Richard Parsons

Pamela Paul 

Holly Peterson

Nick Pileggi

Robert and Veronique Pittman

Nina Reeves

James Reginato

Esther Fein and David Remnick

Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa

Margaret Russell

Diane Sawyer

Ellen and Chuck Scarborough

Hamilton South

Leslie Stevens

Jennifer Crandall and Richard David Story

A.G. Sulzberger

Felicia Taylor

Amanda Taylor

Josh Tyrangiel

Anne Van Rensselaer

Dini von Mueffling

Jann Wenner and Matt Nye

Michelle Wolf

Pam and David Zaslav

Robert Zimmerman

Jeff Zucker

Old Guard

Gigi and Phillipe Bigar

Katherine Bryan

Amanda Burden

Marina Rust and Ian Connor

Connie and Pierre Crosby

Jackie and Nick Drexel

Emily and Henry Clay Frick II

Gail Auchincloss Gilbert

Mark F. Gilbertson

Martha and John Glass

Peter E. “Tony” Guernsey

Cornelia Guest

Pamela and Gifford Miller

Heather deForest Mnuchin

George and Calvert Moore

Melissa and Chappy Morris

Stephen and Muffie Murray

Elizabeth Peabody

Pauline Pitt and Jerry Seay

Patty Raynes

Kitty and Stephen Sherrill

Annabel Vartanian and Andrew Jeffries

New Guard

Carolina de Neufville

Joanna Baker de Neufville

Lydia Fenet

Isabelle Marino and Ryan Louis Hoffman

Patricia Herrera and Gerrit Livingston Lansing Jr.

Debbie and John Loeffler

Amory and Sean McAndrew

Meredith Melling

Claudia and Gunnar Overstrom

Emilia Fanjul and Brian Pfeifler

Alexandra and Theodora Richards

Cole and Siena Rumbough

Storey Schifter

Mary Snow

Ophelia Snyder

Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker

Bricks and Mortar

Lisa and Jeff Blau

Robby Brown

Janna Bullock

John Burger

Charles S. and Clo Cohen

Paula Del Nunzio

Fredrik Eklund

Roger Erickson

Helene and Ziel Feldman

Nikki and Stephen Field

Bess Freedman

Maria and Sherlock Hackley

Andrew Heiberger

Dottie Herman

Ara and Rachel Hovnanian

Ellie Johnson

Robert Winthrop “Roy” Kean

Kathy Korte

Linda and Ben Lambert

Henry Lambert

Dolly Lenz

Pam Liebman

Lisa Lippman

Howard Lorber

Kelly Kennedy Mack

Wendy Maitland

Christine Miller Martin

Howard Morrel

Lauren Muss

Marilyn and Eyal Ofer

Don and Katrina Peebles

Fred Peters

Louise Phillips Forbes

Diane Ramirez

Kara and Stephen Ross

Wendy J. Sarasohn

Izak and Sarah Senbahar

Ryan Serhant

Eddie Shapiro

Stuart Siegel

Larry Silverstein

Mia Fonssagrives and Sheldon Solow

Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer

Debby and Neal Sroka

Renée and Richard Steinberg

Leonard Steinberg

Guy Robinson and Libba Stribling

Cathy Taub

Hall Willkie

Steve Witkoff


Carmelo Anthony

Bruce and Teresa Colley

Delfina Blaquier and Nacho Figueras

Derek and Hannah Jeter

Henrik Lundqvist

Kristaps Porzingis

Alex Rodriguez

Venus Williams and Nicky Hammond


Anne Bezamat

Christie and Sailor Brinkley

Christy Turlington and Ed Burns

Carmen Dell’Orefice

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans

Jessica Hart


Alex Lundqvist

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl

Ulla Parker

Hilary Rhoda

Chris Henchy and Brooke Shields

Frederique Van Der Wal


Jean and Lee Bollinger

H. Woody Brock

Jeffrey Fagan

Joel Klein

Eva Moskowitz

Diane Ravitch

Marc Tessier-Lavign

Smart Money

Bill Ackman

Toni Bentley and Scott Asen

Peter Bacanovic

Louis Bacon

Amanda Ross and Zack Bacon

Paul Beirne

Debra and Leon Black

Emily and Len Blavatnik

Alison and George Brokaw

Cliff and Amanda Taylor Brokaw

Edgar Jr. and Clarissa Bronfman

Chris Burch

John K. and Marianne Castle

Angela Chen

Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen

Bryan York Colwell

Stephanie and Chase Coleman

Ann Colley

Vanessa and Henry Cornell

Pilar Crespi and Steve Robert

Michel and Hélène David-Weill

Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola

Carolyn and Tom Deane

Jane and Michael DeFlorio

Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond

Joe and Diana DiMenna

Judith and Jamie Dimon

Lisa and Chris Errico

Lise and Michael Evans

George Farias

Wendy and Andrew Fentress

Danielle and David Ganek

Amy and John Griffin

Mai Harrison

John and Susan Hess

Tom and Janine Hill

Carl and Gail Icahn

Carola and Bob Jain

David and Julia Koch

Ana and Philippe Laffont

Jeffrey T. and Elizabeth Marshall Leeds

Abby and Anton Levy

Kamie and Richard Lightbourn

Dan and Margaret Loeb

Dan and Adrienne Lufkin

Howard and Nancy Marks

Anjali and Prakash Melwani

Mary Kathryn and Alex Navab

Laura and Brent Nicklas

Jane and Dan Och

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Jennifer and Erik Oken

Jenny and John Paulson

Jeff and Liz Peek

Emmanuel Perrin

Lisa and Richard Perry

Ira Rennert

Avis and Bruce Richards

Julian Roberston

Alex Roepers

John and Pat Rosenwald

Chuck and Deborah Royce

Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg

Burwell and Paul “Chip” IV Schorr

Jean and Martin Shafiroff

Nancy Silverman

Marilyn and James Simons

Paul Singer

Ted Smith

David Solomon

Allison and Leonard Stern

Mimi and Barry Sternlicht

Stuart Sundlun

Paul Tudor Jones II

Rob Wiesenthal

Fred Wilson

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Sarah Arison

Lavinia Branca Snyder

Sharon Bush

Laverne Cox

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Ashley and Jeff McDermott

Peter Neufeld

Cecile Richards

Mitchell and Sarah Rosenthal

Emilia Saint-Amand

Courtney Sale Ross

Barry Scheck

Gloria Steinem

Bryan Stevenson

Darren Walker

Faye Wattleton

Caryn Zucker

La Mode

Michael Foster and Bruce Addison

Frederick Anderson

Mark Badgley

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Geoffrey Bradfield

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Andrew Bolton and Thom Browne

Cayli Cavaco Reck

Georgina Chapman

Alina Cho

Amy Fine and Brad Collins

Graziano and Valerie de Boni

Milly de Cabrol

Gabriella and James de Givenchy

John Demsey

Jamie Drake

Libby and Sam Edelman

Linda Fargo

Fe and Alessandro Saracino Fendi

Michele Gerber-Klein

Wes Gordon

Ellery and Marjorie Reed Gordon

Valesca Guerrand-Hermès

Zani Gugelmann

Giorgio Guidotti

Susan Gutfreund

Randy Kemper and Toni Ingrao

Lisa Jackson

Eric Jr. Javits

Jessica Joffe

Ann Keating

Tommy and Ann Kempner

Delphine and Reed Krakoff

Ward and Judith Landrigan

Fern Mallis

Jane Trapnell and Peter Marino

Boaz Mazor

James Mischka

Juan Pablo and Pilar Molyneux

David Monn

Vanessa Noel

Alex Papachristidis

Zac Posen

Lauren Remington Platt

Nina Ford and John Richter

Rebecca Robertson

Carolyne Roehm

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli

Tom Scheerer

Andrea and John Stark

Steven and Rich Wilkie Stolman

Isabel and Ruben Toledo

David Maupin and Stefano Tonchi

Bronson van Wyck

Gianluigi and Adrienne Vittadini

Vera Wang

Linda Wells

Law and Order

Floyd Abrams

Geoffrey Berman

Preet Bharara

Lee and CeCe Black

David Boies

Evan Chesler

Harriet Newman Cohen

Jesse Furman

Betsy Gotbaum

Suzie and Ed Hayes

Jon Mechanic

Gary Naftalis

Bettina Plevan

Kathy and Othon Prounis

Jed Rakoff

Laura and Fred Tanne

Theodore V. Wells Jr.

Paula Zahn


Margo and John Catsimatidis

Patricia Duff

Chele and Richard Farley

Bruce Kovner

Georgette Mosbacher

Kim Catullo and Christine Quinn

Kevin Sheekey

Tracy and Jay Snyder

Susie Kasirer and Bruce Teitelbaum

Silicon Alley

Paul Allen

Tim Armstrong

Perry Chen

Eric Hippeau

Jeff Horing

David Karp

Ken Lerer

Howard Lerman

Miguel McKelvey

Jerry Murdock

Adam Neumann

Jon Oringer

Sean Parker

Jonah Peretti

Kevin Ryan

Ben Smith

Danielle Weisberg

Andy Weissman

Albert Wenger

Whitney Wolfe

Carly Zakin

Ex Officio

Bill de Blasio

Kirsten Gillibrand

Letitia James

Joe Lhota

Carolyn Maloney

Chuck Schumer

Sonia Sotomayor

Scott Stringer

Cyrus R. Vance


Jeffrey L. Bewkes

Kenneth Chenault

Michael L. Corbat

James Dolan

Brian Duperreault

James P. Gorman

Lowell C. McAdam

Ian C. Read

Dynamic Duos

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler

Annette Tapert and Joe Allen

Amanda “Binky” Urban and Ken Auletta

Marshall Rose and Candice Bergen

Victoria Hagen and Michael Berman

Katharina Otto and Nathan Bernstein

Eliza Reed and Alex Bolen

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant

William and Rikki Klieman Bratton

Pierre Yves Roussel and Tory Burch

Susan Burden and William Goldman

Beyoncé and Shawn “Jay-Z“ Carter

Daisy Prince and Hugh Chisholm

Stephanie and Fred Clark

Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton

James and Lisa Cohen

Maria Cuomo and Kenneth Cole

Hugh Bush and Douglas S. Cramer

Casey Fremont and Brandon Crowe

Andrew and Kate Pickett Davis

Judy Licht and Jerry Della Femina

Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller

Peggy and Mickey Drexler

Virginia Coleman and Peter Duchin

Susan Magrino and Jim Dunning

Richard and Lauren duPont

Phil and Ali Edwards

Stacey Bendet and Eric Eisner

Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans

Michael Goldberg and Linda Fairstein

Susan and Aaron Hill Fales-Hill

Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai

April Gornick and Eric Fischl

Martha Kramer and Neal Fox

Peter and Kara Georgiopoulos

Misha Nonoo and Alexander Gilkes

Toni and James Goodale

Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino

Deborah and Allen Grubman

Audrey and Martin Gruss

Larry Lederman and Kitty Hawks

Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels

Yaz and Valentin Hernandez

Tracey Jackson and Glenn Horowitz

André and Rita Jammet

Linda and Mort Janklow

Sessa and Richard Johnson

Mick and Ann Dexter Jones

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost

Dayssi Olarte and Paul Kanavos

Jill and Harry Kargman

Ray and Veronica Kelly

Cindy and Steve Ketchum

Beth and Chris Kojima

Jennet Conant and Steve Kroft

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

Tom and Heather Leeds

Ros and Fran L’Esperance

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney

Melanie Lazenby and Matt McLennan

John and Emily Altschul Miller

Gillian and Sylvester Miniter

Marcia and Richard Mishaan

Julian and Lisa Niccolini

Nancy and John Novogrod

Richard and Francesca Nye

Tatiana and Thorne Perkins

Chuck and Lisa Crosby Pfeifer

Nicole Hanley and Brett Pickett

Tatiana and Campion Platt

Marie Brenner and Ernest Pomerantz

Peter and Judy Price

Maureen White and Steve Rattner

Alison Spear and Alex Reese

Guy and Elizabeth Stribling Robinson

Ed and Shari Rollins

Dr. Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen

Steven and Daryl Roth

Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough

Helen and Tim Schifter

Gayfryd Steinberg and Michael Schnayerson

Paul Deleon and Emily Smith

Vanessa Traina Snow and Maxwell Snow

Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos

Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen

Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale

Jeff and Patsy Tarr

Eleanor Balfour and Alexis Theodoracopulos

Serena Boardman and John Theodoracopulos

Tiffany Dubin and John Toland

Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner

Annaliese Peterson and David Winter

Shelby Bryan and Anna Wintour

Michael Kramer and Kimba Wood


Stephen Alesch

William Georgis

Paul Goldberger

Richard Meier

Lee Mindel

Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer

Annabelle Selldorf

Robin Standefer

Robert A.M. Stern

Alan Wanzenberg


Cindy Adams

Mercedes Bass

Julian Lethbridge and Anne Bass

Harry and Gigi Benson

Deeda Blair

Vera and Donald Blinken

Cornelia Bregman

Mario Buatta

Bill and Hillary Clinton

David Patrick Columbia

Norma Dana

Annette de la Renta

Frederick Eberstadt

Anne Eisenhower

Mica Ertegun

Richard Feigen

Vartan Gregorian

Louise Grunwald

Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera

Linda and Steve Horn

Donna Karan

Eleanora Kennedy

Henry and Nancy Kissinger

Calvin Klein

Arie and Coco Kopelman

Terry Allen Kramer

William Ivey Long

Iris Love

Donald and Catie Marron

Mary McFadden

Barnabas and Bannie McHenry

Sonny and Gita Mehta

Virginia Melhado

Robert and Lucinda Morgenthau

Lee Radziwill

Kathy Rayner

John Richardson

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Barbara Cirkva and John Schumacher

Donald and Barbara Tober

Gloria Vanderbilt

Lauren and John Veronis

Sanford and Joan Weill

Ronald and Harriet Weintraub

Jayne Wrightsman

Mort Zuckerman


This piece was originally published in Avenue’s October 2018 issue.


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