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The Muckety 400

By Laurie Bennett

September 5, 2012 at 8:54am

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
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

Spencer Abraham     Harvey Golub     James W. Owens
Sheldon G. Adelson     Berry Gordy Jr.     William A. Owens
Madeleine K. Albright     Albert A. Gore Jr.     Leon E. Panetta
Paul G. Allen     Jamie S. Gorelick     Richard D. Parsons
Herbert M. Allison Jr.     Robert E. Grady     Alan J. Patricof
Roger C. Altman     C. Boyden Gray     Ronald O. Perelman
Marc L. Andreessen     William H. Gray III     H. Ross Perot Jr.
Wallis Annenberg     Judd A. Gregg     William J. Perry
Philip F. Anschutz     Linda M. Griego     Peter G. Peterson
George L. Argyros     Patrick W. Gross     T. Boone Pickens Jr.
Richard L. Armitage     Carlos M. Gutierrez     Thomas R. Pickering
William L. Armstrong     James T. Hackett     John Podesta
Bernard W. Aronson     Chuck Hagel     Roger B. Porter
Norman R. Augustine     John J. Hamre     Michael K. Powell
James A. Baker III     F. Philip Handy     Steven Price
James L. Barksdale     Jane D. Hartley     Charles O. Prince III
Barbara M. Barrett     Gerald L. Hassell     Erik D. Prince
John F. Barrett     Craig M. Hatkoff     Penny S. Pritzker
Charlene Barshefsky     John L. Hennessy     Thomas J. Pritzker
Evan Bayh     Alexis M. Herman     Joseph W. Prueher
James A. Bell     John B. Hess     Joseph W. Ralston
Thomas D. Bell Jr.     Marlene Hess     George A. Ranney Jr.
Lawrence Bender     V. Janet Hill     Shari E. Redstone
Marc R. Benioff     Carla A. Hills     William K. Reilly
Tom A. Bernstein     Leo J. Hindery Jr.     J. Christopher Reyes
Joseph R. Biden Jr.     Mellody L. Hobson     Catherine B. Reynolds
Leon D. Black     Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.     William R. Rhodes
Ronald E. Blaylock     Edith E. Holiday     Condoleezza Rice
Michael R. Bloomberg     Charles O. Holliday Jr.     Linda Johnson Rice
Neil G. Bluhm     R. Glenn Hubbard     Thomas J. Ridge
Richard C. Blum     Reed E. Hundt     Rozanne L. Ridgway
Norman R. Bobins     Ray L. Hunt     Nelson C. Rising
Geoffrey T. Boisi     Jon M. Huntsman Jr.     Charles S. Robb
David Bonderman     Glenn H. Hutchins     Julian H. Robertson Jr.
David L. Boren     Carl C. Icahn     James D. Robinson III
Michael J. Boskin     Robert A. Iger     David Rockefeller
Erskine B. Bowles     Daniel K. Inouye *     Jay Rockefeller
William W. Bradley     Walter Isaacson     Judith Rodin
Nicholas F. Brady     Darrell E. Issa     James E. Rogers
David A. Brandon     Shirley Ann Jackson     John W. Rogers Jr.
John B. Breaux     Donna A. James     Felix G. Rohatyn
Glenn A. Britt     Hamilton E. James     James E. Rohr
Eli Broad     James A. Johnson     Mitt Romney
William E. Brock III     Robert L. Johnson     Stephen M. Ross
Edgar Bronfman Jr.     Robert Wood Johnson IV     Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
Harold Brown     Suzanne Nora Johnson     Steven Roth
John H. Bryan     Vernon E. Jordan Jr.     John W. Rowe
John E. Bryson     Paul G. Kaminski     David M. Rubenstein
Susie Tompkins Buell     Karen L. Katen     Robert E. Rubin
Warren E. Buffett     Jeffrey Katzenberg     Jesse H. Ruiz
Ronald W. Burkle     John M. Keane     Patricia F. Russo
Ursula M. Burns     Francis A. Keating     Edward B. Rust Jr.
George H.W. Bush     Muhtar Kent     Haim Saban
Jeb Bush     James M. Kilts Jr.     Sheryl K. Sandberg
Joseph A. Califano Jr.     James V. Kimsey     John F. Sandner
John A. Canning Jr.     Henry A. Kissinger     Richard Mellon Scaife
Benjamin L. Cardin     Klaus Kleinfeld     Leonard D. Schaeffer
Frank C. Carlucci     David H. Koch     James J. Schiro
Russell L. Carson     Christopher G. Korge     James R. Schlesinger
Raymond G. Chambers     Ann McLaughlin Korologos     Ralph L. Schlosstein
Kenneth I. Chenault     Henry R. Kravis     Eric E. Schmidt
Peter A. Chernin     Kent Kresa     Alan D. Schwartz
Michael Chertoff     Ellen J. Kullman     Barry F. Schwartz
Frank M. Clark Jr.     Philip Lader     Stephen A. Schwarzman
Wesley K. Clark     Rocco Landesman     Richard L. Scott
Hillary Rodham Clinton     Kenneth G. Langone     Brent Scowcroft
William J. Clinton     Sherry L. Lansing     Ivan G. Seidenberg
H. Rodgin Cohen     Philip A. Laskawy     Douglas W. Shorenstein
William S. Cohen     Marc Lasry     George P. Shultz
Arthur D. Collins Jr.     Ronald S. Lauder     Frank V. Sica
Michelle L. Collins     Rochelle B. Lazarus     Harold C. Simmons
Timothy C. Collins     Charles R. Lee     Russell Simmons
John M. Connors Jr.     Debra L. Lee     James H. Simons
France A. Cordova     Thomas H. Lee     Paul E. Singer
Edward F. Cox     John F. Lehman     Samuel K. Skinner
Howard E. Cox Jr.     Theodore J. Leonsis     Rodney E. Slater
Gregory B. Craig     William M. Lewis Jr.     Frederick W. Smith
James S. Crown     Edward M. Liddy     John W. Snow
Lester Crown     Andrew N. Liveris     George Soros
Paula Hannaway Crown     Howard W. Lutnick     Michael I. Sovern
Susan Crown     Michael Lynton     David B. Speer
Lewis B. Cullman     Connie Mack III     Joan E. Spero
William M. Daley     John J. Mack     Jerry I. Speyer
Richard J. Danzig     William L. Mack     Steven Spielberg
Tom Daschle     John W. Madigan     Carl Spielvogel
Gordon J. Davis     Gregory B. Maffei     Marc I. Stern
Robert A. Day Jr.     Frederic V. Malek     Paul G. Stern
Robert DeNiro     John C. Malone     Howard Stringer
Lynn Forester de Rothschild     Ellen R. Marram     Ronald D. Sugar
John M. Deutch     Donald B. Marron     Louis W. Sullivan
Barry Diller     Lynn M. Martin     Lawrence H. Summers
James Dimon     R. Brad Martin     John E. Sununu
Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr.     R. Eden Martin     John P. Surma
Paula J. Dobriansky     Jessica Tuchman Mathews     Sally Susman
L. John Doerr     Deryck C. Maughan     Ratan N. Tata
Thomas J. Donohue     Peter W. May     Anne M. Tatlock
William H. Draper III     Aubrey K. McClendon     Diana L. Taylor
Kenneth M. Duberstein     Cappy R. McGarr     Vincent S. Tese
Craig J. Duchossois     Harold W. McGraw III     John A. Thain
Connie K. Duckworth     Raymond J. McGuire     Peter A. Thiel
Esther Dyson     Donald F. McHenry     John L. Thornton
Stuart E. Eizenstat     Andrew J. McKenna Sr.     Glenn F. Tilton
Lawrence J. Ellison     John R. McKernan Jr.     Andrew H. Tisch
Ari Emanuel     Thomas F. McLarty III     James S. Tisch
Thomas F. Farrell II     W. James McNerney Jr.     Donald Trump
W. James Farrell     Leonard T. Mendonca     Ted Turner
Roger W. Ferguson Jr.     Heidi G. Miller     Laura D’Andrea Tyson
Frances D. Fergusson     Constance J. Milstein     Harold Varmus
Carleton S. Fiorina     Howard P. Milstein     Jose H. Villarreal
Lawrence K. Fish     Norman Y. Mineta     David J. Vitale
Jay S. Fishman     Patricia E. Mitchell     Frederick H. Waddell
Lawton Wehle Fitt     Steven T. Mnuchin     J.C. Watts Jr.
J. Christopher Flowers     Georgette Mosbacher     Sanford I. Weill
Gerald J. Ford     Michael H. Moskow     Harvey Weinstein
Harold E. Ford Jr.     K. Rupert Murdoch     Togo D. West Jr.
Henrietta Holsman Fore     Richard B. Myers     Thomas E. Wheeler
Barbara H. Franklin     Marilyn Carlson Nelson     John C. Whitehead
Louis J. Freeh     Joseph Neubauer     Christine Todd Whitman
Bradford M. Freeman     Indra K. Nooyi     Margaret C. Whitman
Jacob A. Frenkel     Charles H. Noski     Mary Agnes Wilderotter
Stephen Friedman     Richard C. Notebaert     Christopher J. Williams
William H. Frist     Sam Nunn     Ronald A. Williams
Ann M. Fudge     Barack Obama     Kendrick R. Wilson III
Craig L. Fuller     Michelle Obama     Oprah Winfrey
Ellen V. Futter     Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg     Frank G. Wisner
Jeffrey E. Garten     James J. O’Connor     Patricia A. Woertz
Henry Louis Gates Jr.     Philip A. Odeen     Robert Wolf
William H. Gates III     Sean O’Keefe     R. James Woolsey
Helene D. Gayle     Hutham S. Olayan     Joseph R. Wright Jr.
David Geffen     Ronald L. Olson     Jay-Z
Timothy F. Geithner     Pierre M. Omidyar     Ernesto Zedillo
Richard A. Gephardt     Paul H. O’Neill     Sam Zell
Gordon D. Giffin     William A. Osborn     Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Daniel R. Glickman    
* Daniel K. Inouye died Dec. 17, 2012

We continually add data and refine our scoring system, and we’ll update the Muckety 400 regularly.

Suggestions and complaints are welcome.

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