The 19th-century social elite known as Mrs. Astor’s 400 was rumored (probably incorrectly) to be limited by the number of people who would fit in William B. Astor’s ballroom.
For ease of making a Muckety map, we probably should have confined our list of top Muckety-mucks to 100. But we couldn’t help ourselves.
We’ve a compiled a list of 400 Americans with the greatest Muckety in the overlapping spheres of business, politics, nonprofits, education and/or entertainment. (The map above shows four members of Chicago’s prominent Crown family who appear on the list. The Crowns are rich and connected, with links to both the Obama and Romney campaigns.)
James S. Crown
The list is based on a our scoring system, which counts and weighs relationships to other people and organizations in the Muckety database.
We should emphasize that these scores measure influence within social networks. They are not a gauge of wealth, although 61 people on the list are billionaires.
A few interesting findings: Jeb Bush and George H.W. Bush made the cut. George W. Bush, who has been lying low since leaving the White House in 2009, didn’t.
Both Clintons, needless to say, are on the list. Chelsea is not. Yet.
Although the list includes some powerful women - not only Hillary Rodham Clinton, but former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice, men still rule. The group includes just 72 women.
The skew is partly because our database focuses so heavily on Fortune 1000 companies, where male executives and directors dominate.
Each person named below ranks ahead of 99 percent of others in our database. Because scoring differences at this end of the spectrum are often miniscule and constantly shifting, we have published names alphabetically. Each name links to a profile page with an interactive Muckety map of relationships.
The Muckety 400
We continually add data and refine our scoring system, and we’ll update the Muckety 400 regularly.
Suggestions and complaints are welcome.