The AVENUE A-List: The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2014

AVENUE’s Power 212 reflects who we are. Influence in New York still flows from blood and money, as it has since the old-school A-Lists, but in our century, neither alone is enough. Celebrity, American culture’s be-all and end-all, can work against you on this side of the Hudson. What other criteria count? Accomplishment, most of all. But manners mean just as much, as do position, philanthropic involvement, physical attractiveness and inchoate leverage. Inheritance can be a burden, but as our power families prove, it can also be an advantage and a great gift. Some are here and gone, others endure and a few are admitted into the pantheon. Herewith, our latest fleeting glimpse of the people who matter most today.


TK and Bill Ackman Annette Tapert and Joe Allen Francesca Amfitheatrof Joe Armstrong Aston family


Peter Bacanovic Glenda Bailey Andre Balazs Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Dean Baquet Dennis and Michael Cominotto Basso Nate Berkus Nathan and Katharina Otto Bernstein Jeff Bezos Preet Bharara Christine Mortimer Biddle Debbie and Leon Black Laura and Lloyd Blankfein Susan Blond Michael Bloomberg Eliza Reed and Alex Bolen TK and Lee Bollinger Daniel Boulud Anthony Bourdain Goeffrey Bradfield Lavinia and Ophelia Branca Snyder William and Ricki Kleiman Bratton H. Woody Brock Daniel Brodsky Henry Buhl Gisele Bundchen John Burger Christy Turlington and Ed Burns


Thomas Campbell Anna and Graydon Carter TK and John Catsimatidis Chantecaille family Bill and Hilary Clinton Michael Clinton Jessica Coen TK and Steven A. Cohen Andy Cohen Stephen Colbert Maria Cuomo and Kenneth Cole Stefanie and Chase Coleman Amy Fine and Brad Marina Rust ansd Ian Connor Blaine and Robert Caravaggi Jennifer Creel


John Demsey Robert DeNiro Nick Denton Diane von Furstenerg and Barry Diller Timothy Dolan Mickey Drexler Patricia Duff Lena Dunham Jim and Susan Magrino Dunning



Fanjul family Linda Fargo George Farias Farkas family Shrin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai Tina Fey Jamie Figg Dennis and Michael Cominotto Freedman


Larry Gagosian Marian and Francesco Galesi Stephen Gan David Geffen Peter Gelb Martha and John Glass Toni and Jim Goodale Gregory family Nina Griscom and Lionel Priano Gubelmann family Cornelia Guest Giorgio Guidotti


Lydia Hearst-Shaw Fernanda Gilligan and Kirk Henckels Yaz and Valentin Hernandez Herrera family Alex Hitz Jared Holdt Ari ana Huffington Chris Hughes


Carl Icahn Randy Kempner and Toni Ingrao


Marc Jacobs Sessa and Richard Johnson Johnson family


Paul and Dayssi Kanovas David Karp Robert Winthrop “Roy” Kean Nur Khan Yasmin Khan David and Julia Koch Steve and Jennet Conant Kroft


Lauder family Tom and Heather Leeds Dominique’ Levy Pamela Liebman Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann TK and Dan Loeb Howard Lorber


Maccioni family Mack family Sean MacPherson Silvano and Marisa Marchetto TK and Peter Marino Howard and TK Marks Wynton Marsalis Peter Martins Anthony Marx Lisa and Michael McCarty Anne Hearst and Jay McInerny Margitay’ McKee Keith McNally Richard Meier Nicole and Matthew Mellon Ed Menischesci Danny Meyer Lorne Michaels Steve Millington Gillian and Sylvester Miniter Marcia and Richard Mishaan Melissa and Chappy Morris Adam Moss David Muir Murdoch family


Neidich family Julian and Lisa Niccolini Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols


TK and Dan Och Marilyn and Eyal Ofer Bayo Ogunlesi


Sean Parker Richard Parsons TK and John Paulson Peabody family Norman and TK Pearlstine Scott and Jane Pelley TK and Peter Pennoyer Anna Chapman and Ronald’ Perelman Jonah Peretti Emmanuel Perrin Lisa aned Richard Perry Nick Pileggi



Jed Rakoff Carolyn Reidy Esther Fein and David Remnick Avis and Bruce Richards Rebecca Roberston Guy and Elizabeth Stribling Robinson Rockefeller family Carolyne Roehm Jill and Andrew Roosevelt Rose family Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen Jane Rosenthal Andrew Rosenthal Kara and Stephen Ross Steven and Daryl Roth TK and Steve Rubin Rudin family Margaret Russell Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg


Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir Schnabel family TK and Ian Schrager Martin Scorcese Christine and Stephen Scwhartzman Jean and Martin Shafiroff Gayfryd Steinberg and Michael Shnayerson Lockhart Steel Renee and Richard Steinberg Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopulos Alison and Leonard Stern TK and Barry Sternlicht Jon Stewart Richard David Story Dan and Carol Strone Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen Lucy and Phil Suares


Marc Tessier-Levigne Serena Boardman and John Theodorocopulos Tisch family Isabel and Ruben Toledo Josh Tyrangiel Neil deGrasse Tyson



Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman Alex von Bidder Christophe and Carolina von Humboldt von Hohenberg Anita and Johannes von Schoenburn Jean-Georges Vongerichten


Vera Wang Ricki de Sole and TK Webster Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein Fred Wilson Anna Wintou



Dmitry of Yugoslavia


Zeckendorf family Ziff family Zilkha family Karin and Jeff Zucker Mort Zuckerman TK and David Zwirmer

The Families

Inheritance, whether financial or genetic, can be a burden, but as these power families prove, it can also be an advantage and a great gift if managed wisely. These New York families wield their influence across the spectrum from finance to fashion. Though we only have space to profile a few, all play an outsize part in our city’s life and times.

The Families

The Astons The Bronfmans


Two generations of Chantecailles work together to perpetuate matriarch Sylvie’s luxury beauty company. In addition to making the Chantecaille brand a standout in the cluttered cosmetics industry, family members are active in philanthropy (their own and external projects), and social fixtures in the city and out East.


They’re the world’s most successful sugar barons and also have lucrative stakes in real estate, finance and tourism (they own Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic). They are influencers in philanthropy (particularly in the rural Palm Beach County area) and political activists, influential in both parties.


The descendants of George and Ruth Farkas, who in 1928 founded New York’s legendary Alexander’s department store as well as a real-estate empire, members of today’s family tree include four sons, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grand-children. Andrew L. Farkas, the billionaire real-estate investor, Montauk Yacht Club owner and son of Robin Farkas, is married to playwright and founder of Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Sandi Farkas. Georgette Farkas, daughter of the late Alexander Farkas, is a well-known gourmand who has worked with Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse. She opened her own restaurant, Rotisserie Georgette, in 2013.


Peter S. Gregory, a native New Yorker, is the senior vice president of the Hampton Group at Morgan Stanley. His wife is Jamee T. Gregory, a noted philanthropist, Hamptonite and the author of two books: New York Parties and New York Apartments. Brother André Gregory is an acclaimed director, most famously of My Dinner with André. A third brother, Alexis Gregory, is also immersed in the arts as the chairman of Vendome Press.


They’re the descendants of William Gubelmann, the American inventor who held more than 5,000 patents, including one for the cash register. His grandson, William S. Gubelmann, is a former racecar driver, married to Susan McCammon Gubelmann, a designer. Their daughter is Marjorie Gubelmann, a famed socialite, philanthropist and owner and CEO of Vie Luxe International as well as a professional DJ (known by friends as “DJ Mad Marj”).

The Herreras


Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV and his sister Elizabeth “Libet” Johnson are among the descendants of the Johnson & Johnson dynasty. Woody is an American businessman and philanthropist, who purchased the New York Jets in 2000 for $635 million. Libet is an avid collector of art and city real estate. She owns a West Village town house, which once belonged to Meryl Streep, and the Upper East Side Vanderbilt Mansion.

The Lauders The Laurens The Lefraks The Maccionis The Macks The Murdochs The Neidichs The Peabodys The Rockefellers The Roses The Rudins The Schnabels The Sulzbergers The Tisches The Zeckendorfs The Ziffs


Like many Jewish families of Middle Eastern origin, the Zilkhas have persevered through discrimination and loss. Displaced from Baghdad, Syria and Egypt in the 20th century, the family’s patriarch set his sons up in different cities to guarantee the family would continue to prosper. One of the sons was Ezra, who learned business in Hong Kong before arriving in New York. He and wife Cecile have been longtime influencers on the charity circuit—particularly the Metropolitan Opera and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Bettina Zilkha, one of their three children, is a fashion and society writer, oft spotted on the city’s social scene.

Hall of Fame

“Some are here and gone, others endure and a few are admitted into the pantheon.” Anne Bass Mercedes Bass Deeda and William Blair Annette and Oscar 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