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The AVENUE A-List

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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There’s nothing illusive about power. It’s more potent than just knowing it when we see it; we feel it. We experience it. When any one of our A-Listers walks into a room, everyone stands up a little straighter and begin to migrate towards the influencer, as if responding to a magnetic force. A-Listers are forces of intelligence, accomplishment, experience and intrigue. These individuals have a type of social currency that can only be earned by achievement, reputation and virtue, making them all the more desirable and enviable. Here, we have compiled our annual list of New Yorkers on top . . . Some mainstays, some new comers, all with the highest stature. The Editors


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Karen and Bill Ackman

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler

Annette Tapert and Joe Allen

Francesca Amfitheatrof

Iris Apfel

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

Andrew Bolton

Diana Taylor and Michael Bloomberg

Eliza Reed and Alex Bolen

Hamish Bowles

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant

Geoffrey Bradfield

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Tory Burch

Woody Brock

Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky

Thomas Campbell

Anna and Graydon Carter

Princess Beatrice and Dave Clark

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton

Michael Clinton

Bob Colacello

Stephen Colbert

Anderson Cooper

Misty Copeland


“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” —George Orwell, 1984


Bill Cunningham

Maria Cuomo and Kenneth Cole

Stephanie and Chase Coleman

Amy Fine and Brad Collins

Marina Rust and Ian Connor

Blaine 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

Jeffrey Fagan

Linda Fargo

Tina Fey

Dennis Freedman

Larry Gagosian

Jonathan Galassi

Marina and Francesco Galesi

David Geffen

Peter Gelb

Misha Nonoo and Alexander Gilkes

Martha and John Glass

Toni and James Goodale

Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino

Cornelia Guest

Agnes Gund

Gillian Hearst and Christian Simonds

Fernanda Gilligan and Kirk Henckels

Marshall Heyman

Lester Holt

Arianna Huffington

Carl and Gail Icahn

Sessa and Richard Johnson

Paul Tudor Jones II

Audra Asencio and Paul Jowdy

Dayssi Olarte and Paul Kanavos

Jill and Harry Kargman

David Karp

Karlie Kloss

David and Julia Koch

Steven Kolb

Jeff Koons

Leslie Stevens and James LaForce

Betsy Kenny Lack and Andy Lack

Dominique Lévy

Pamela Liebman

Jenna Lyons

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

Adam Moss

Edward Nardoza


“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” —Margaret Thatcher


Queen Noor of Jordan

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Richard Parsons

Jenny and John Paulson

Don and Katrina Peebles

Ronald Perelman

Emmanuel Perrin

Lisa and Richard Perry

Nick Pileggi

Kathy and William Rayner

Esther Fein and David Remnick

Avis and Bruce Richards

Zibby and Andrew Right

Carolyne Roehm

Jill and Andrew Roosevelt

Charlie Rose

Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen

Jane Rosenthal

Kara and Stephen Ross

Hilary and Wilbur Ross

Daryl and Steven Roth

Margaret Russell

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

Christine and Stephen Schwarzman

Gayfryd Steinberg and Michael Schnayerson

Vanessa Traina Snow and Maxwell Snow

Renee and Richard Steinberg

Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos

Allison and Leonard Stern

Mimi and Barry Sternlicht

Dana Hammond and Patrick Stubgen

Lucy and Phil Suarez

Nan and Gay Talese

Amanda Taylor

Serena Boardman and John Theodoracopulos

Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Stefano Tonchi

Josh Tyrangiel

Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen

Alex von Bidder

Caroline von Humboldt and Christophe von Hohenberg

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Vera Wang

Rickie De Sole and Derek Webster

Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein

Paul Wilmot

Bronson van Wyck

Shelby Bryan and Anna Wintour

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Karyn and Jeff Zucker

Mort Zuckerman

Monica Seeman and David Zwirner


The POWER Families

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 Lauders

The Laurens

The LeFraks

The Macks

The Murdochs

The Neidichs

The Peabodys

The Rockefellers

The Roses

The Rudins

The Schnabels

The Sulzbergers

The Tisches

The Zeckendorfs

The Ziffs

The Zilkhas


HALL OF FAME

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


Jeff and Lisa Blau

It would be appropriate to say that Jeff and Lisa Blau are both in the business of making things happen. The CEO of Related Companies, Jeff is responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of development across the city, including the highly anticipated Hudson Yards Project. His wife, Lisa, is an angel investor who’s both loved and respected for her reputation of paying special attention to female-founded companies in New York. Together, the Blaus are working to reshape the city—in one sense, literally.


Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland’s résumé is already a mile long, but that didn’t stop the ballerina from adding even more to it this year. Just two months after her appointment to prima ballerina by the American Ballet Theatre—a victory made all the sweeter by the fact that she’s the first ever African-American to earn the top spot—Copeland made her Broadway debut in the musical On the Town, proving that she’s truly the master of her art in every respect. Add in one best-selling book, a starring role in a Prince video, a spot atop Time’s 100 Most Influential list, and an engagement (to Taye Diggs’ cousin!), and we can officially dub Copeland a superstar. But you knew that already.


Lester Holt

For the past three decades, Lester Holt has reported on just about every topic imaginable, and even received the nickname of “Iron Pants” for his ability to stay on air for hours without breaks. Holt recently made history as the first African-American solo anchor of a flagship evening newscast after stepping into Brian Williams’ scandal-filled shoes. The broadcast journalist also holds the role as anchor of NBC’s signature news-magazine, Dateline. What can we say? For everything up to the minute, Holt can always be counted on.


Donald Trump

What else is there to say about the man who’s said it all about himself? Political orientation aside, 2015 has cemented Donald Trump’s status as a bona fide New York icon, and not just because he’s provided such excellent fodder for fellow A-Lister Jon Stewart’s farewell season. If the year proved anything, it’s that Trump cannot be trumped. In the face of every shock-inducing headline and sound bite, The Donald also rises both in notoriety and, to everyone’s surprise, polling numbers. 2015 has been a wild ride of a chapter in the already-legendary book of Trump’s life. The next year, as we all well know, could hold just about anything.


John Micklethwait

The editor in chief of Bloomberg News runs one of the most powerful and influential media companies around. After a brief stint as a banker, British-born Micklethwait left his job after the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash and landed a gig as a finance correspondent at The Economist with no previous journalistic experience. There, the editor extraordinaire discovered his true calling and worked his way up to become the publication’s editor in chief for nine years and led the newspaper into the digital age while increasing The Economist’s readership by half a million (resulting in a circulation of 1.6 million in print, digital, and audio).

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