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The New York 40

By Laurie Bennett

February 19, 2013 at 7:28pm

We note that the Wall Street Journal has started running a list of the most powerful people in New York.

Maybe someday soon they’ll catch up to Muckety and publish a national list.

In the meantime, we’ve put together our own list of the 40 most connected people in Manhattan.

Unlike the Journal’s report, our top 40 is not a measurement of headlines or tweets, but a gauge of influence based on links to other powerful people and organizations.

Here they are in alphabetical order, with each name linking to a page with more information.

Leon D. Black Chairman and CEO of Apollo Global Management. A collector of works by Raphael and Cezanne, Black is on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s also a director of the business group, Partnership for New York City.
Lloyd C. Blankfein Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. Blankfein is also on the boards of Weill Cornell Medical College and Partnership for New York City.
Michael R. Bloomberg What will the billionaire mayor do when his final term ends? Bloomberg is a national leader for gun control and public health reforms. His name also comes up as a potential buyer whenever a major news organization comes on the market, which is pretty much all the time.
Glenn A. Britt Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. Britt is also a director of Xerox and Cardinal Health, both Fortune 1000 companies.
Kenneth I. Chenault Chairman and CEO of American Express Company. Also on the boards of Procter and Gamble, IBM and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. Chenault was a member of President Obama’s jobs council.
H. Rodgin Cohen A partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Cohen has been described as the “Trauma Surgeon of Wall Street” for his work advising the nation’s biggest financial firms.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild Co-founder of E.L. Rothschild LLC. Her political sway has lessened since 2008, when she was an ardent Hillary supporter who refused to support the Democratic nominee. Last year, she backed John Huntsman. Nevertheless, she’s rich, she’s glamorous, she’s successful in business, and you’ll likely see more of her if Clinton runs in 2014.
Barry Diller Chairman, IAC/InterActiveCorp. Married to Diane von Furstenberg. Diller also sits on the boards of Coca-Cola, the Washington Post and NYU.
Jamie Dimon Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Dimon, a master of the universe despite the bank’s recent $6 billion loss, quietly left his post as a director of the New York Fed in January.
Laurence D. Fink Chairman and CEO, BlackRock. Fink is also a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, NYU Langone Medical Center, the Robin Hood Foundation and NYU.
Stephen Friedman Chairman, Stone Point Capital. Former chairman of the New York Fed, Friedman is also on the boards of the Aspen Institute and Goldman Sachs.
Joshua J. Harris Co-founder of Apollo Management. Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Harris also sits on the New York Fed’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets.
John B. Hess Chairman and CEO of Hess Corporation. Hess also sits on the board of KKR, Lincoln Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the New York Public Library.
Marlene Hess Civic & cultural leader. She’s the sister of John Hess, daughter of the late Leon Hess, chairman of the New York Jets. Board member of such influential NYC institutions as the American Museum of Natural History, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Metropolitan Opera, Museum of Modern Art and New York City Ballet.
Carl C. Icahn Billionaire investor. The Mount Sinai School of Medicine was renamed in his honor after Icahn pledged to give $200 million in 2012.
Hamilton E. James President and COO of Blackstone Group. Metropolitan Museum of Art trustee and Obama fundraiser.
Klaus Kleinfeld Chairman and CEO of Alcoa. Also a director of the Brookings Institution, Morgan Stanley and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
David H. Koch Executive vice president of Koch Industries. The libertarian activist is scourge of the left. He also holds board seats with many civic and cultural institutions, including the American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center.
Henry R. Kravis Billionaire founding partner of KKR. We can’t wait until he turns 70. His 60th birthday bash in 2007 was a multimillion-dollar affair at the Park Avenue armory, with entertainment supplied by Rod Stewart, Patti LaBelle and more.
Kenneth G. Langone Billionaire co-founder of Home Depot. Langone’s civic involvements include Harlem Children’s Zone and NYU.
Ronald S. Lauder President of the World Jewish Congress. The billionaire Estee Lauder heir is an important player in the city arts scene.
William P. Lauder Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies. Nephew of Ronald Lauder; son of Leonard Lauder, billionaire and former chairman of the family business.
Deryck C. Maughan Managing director of KKR. Other board memberships include the Japan Society, Lincoln Center, BlackRock and Thomson Reuters.
Peter W. May President and founding partner of Trian Fund Management. Also on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic and Tiffany.
Harold W. McGraw III Chairman, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Companies. McGraw is active in the broader business community, serving as a director of United Technologies and Phillips 66, and chairing trade groups such as the United States Council for International Business.
Howard P. Milstein Owner of New York Private Bank & Trust. Milstein chairs the state Thruway Authority and is active in such New York City organizations as the Grand Central Partnership.
K. Rupert Murdoch Billionaire chairman and CEO of News Corp. The past few years haven’t been the best, given the never-ending phone hacking scandals in the UK, but Murdoch still wields significant clout on several continents. He has also found a new niche on Twitter.
Richard D. Parsons Former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner Cable. Active in such organizations as the American Museum of Natural History and the Apollo Theater Foundation.
Alan J. Patricof Managing director of Greycroft Partners. A longtime Democratic fundraiser, Patricof was a bundler for Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Ronald O. Perelman Billionaire chairman of Revlon and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings. Perelman also sits on the boards of New York health and educational institutions.
Judith Rodin President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Rodin, a director of Citigroup, AMR and Comcast, Rodin co-chairs a climate-change commission recently established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group. The central New York Public Library was named for Schwarzman after he pledged $100 million.
James H. Simons Billionaire founder of Renaissance Technologies. Simons is enjoying retirement by giving away money, including $150 million to the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
George Soros Financier; liberal activist. The political antithesis of David Koch, Soros is the billionaire founder of the Open Society Foundations.
Jerry I. Speyer Chairman and co-CEO of Tishman Speyer Properties. Speyer is active with many city organizations, and is chairman of the Museum of Modern Art.
Howard Stringer Chairman and co-CEO of Sony. Stringer’s many activities in the arts include chairing the American Film Institute.
Diana L. Taylor Wolfensohn & Company. Taylor, longtime companion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is a director of Citigroup and Sotheby’s.
Andrew H. Tisch Co-chairman of Loews. Also a trustee of Cornell University and the Brookings Institution.
James S. Tisch President and CEO of Loews. Brother of Andrew. Tisch’s many board commitments include General Electric, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the public library.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Founder of Boston Properties; publisher of the New York Daily News. The billionaire real estate developer and media mogul recently pledged $200 million to Columbia University in 2012 for a neuroscience center.
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