Here are some of our favorite Muckety maps over the years. After viewing the story, you may want to click on the “View large map” link that appears below each map, so you have more room to expand connections.
- Why the U.S. hasn’t punished Russian oligarchs
While Russia is beginning to feel the pinch of U.S. sanctions, President Obama’s list of targeted individuals is still remarkable for the oligarchs and companies not on it.
- The ‘House of Cards’ relationship map
We include relationships through the end of season 2.
- Our map to the George Washington Bridge
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s connections to the developing George Washington Bridge scandal.
- Goldman Sachs & the world banking system
The company’s broad network extends well beyond the U.S.
- The lofty connections of Helena Bonham Carter
You wouldn’t always know it to look at her, given her propensity for wild-eyed, wild-haired roles, but Helena Bonham Carter has a towering family tree.
- The overlap between Clinton Foundation and Hillary money
If Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president in 2016, expect to see these names among her most generous supporters.
- Promontory Financial - the $1B revolving door
In the federal government’s mortgage foreclosure review, consultants racked up fees while affected borrowers waited for compensation.
- U.S. companies & offshore tax shelters
How widespread are foreign tax dodges by America’s biggest companies?
- Compared with the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers are pikers
An old world dynasty joined a new world dynasty in 2012 when RIT Capital Partners, a Rothschild investment trust, bought a stake in Rockefeller Financial Services.
- It’s a boy!
Aside from the paparazzi, the sartorial pressures and the scrutiny of a perfectly behaved great-grandmother, Baby Boy Cambridge has the burden of so many names.
- Thought promoters: Funders of major conservative think tanks
We present a series of maps showing major funders of conservative think tanks such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.
- A daisy chain of Fortune 1000 directors
Good corporate directors are so hard to find that many poor souls have to serve on multiple boards.
- Father-son power pyramids
Rockefellers, Haslams, Frists and Huntsmans. We map a few business-political dynasties.
- Brothers and Super Bowls
John and Jim Harbaugh aren’t the only ones.
- ‘Pride and Prejudice’ turns 200
And it’s still as timely as ever.
- The widening Petraeus scandal
Readers thanked us for this one. The players and their connections were becoming to complicated to keep track without a map.
- Mapping the e-book wars
Titans such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony and Microsoft are vying for majority stakes in digital readers and distribution.
- How oil interests fund attack on Obama energy policy
Americans for Prosperity has launched another advertising drive criticizing President Obama’s energy policies.
- Edwards prosecutors track ‘Bunny money’
Heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon is ever-present in the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards.
- Rooney Mara and the amazing Mara-Rooney clan
To members of the extended Rooney Mara family, it must seem too much to hope for, that the young star could win an Oscar Sunday.
- Revolving door at Commodity Futures Trading Commission
This map, published in December 2011 after the collapse of MF Global, shows chairs of the commission that regulates such brokerages.
- The rise of the Washington not-lobbyist
Our map shows just a few of the lobbying connections of Newt Gingrich and other former members of Congress who are not registered lobbyists.
- Billionaires tapped Energy Department loans
We show the connections of six billionaires to DOE loans or loan guarantees.
- Romney and Marriotts have a long history
Marriott International Chief Bill Marriott and his brother Richard were connected to Mitt Romney long before they started contributing to his super PAC.
- What do bundlers get?
Our map shows ambassador appointments of wealthy, connected people who raised money for the 2008 Obama campaign.
- Nuland speaks for Democrats; husband advises Romney
Victoria Nuland is spokesperson for the State Department in the Obama administration. Her husband, Robert Kagan, joined Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as a foreign policy adviser.
- Christie’s billionaire backers
The wealthy men who pushed for a presidential bid by the governor of New Jersey.
- Tony Blair godfather to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter
The former prime minister, who has held his tongue during the News Corp. phone hacking scandals, is still holding his tongue.
- Wintour looks like half a million bucks
The bundler is Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the lucky candidate is President Barack Obama.
- Former NRC chairs welcome in energy company boardrooms
Members of the NRC are forbidden from holding outside employment while in government. But they frequently join energy companies upon leaving.
- The Coca-Cola power network
They are the Coca-Cola kings - billionaires and multi-millionaires who sit on the beverage company board and hold millions of dollars in company stock, with millions more invested elsewhere.
- Luxembourg - landing pad for American bundlers
Where do bundlers go to lick their chops after successful political campaigns?
- Super Sam Fuld’s off-field connections
Super Sam Fuld, who turns 30 in November, is the best Jewish diabetic, statistics-loving, Stanford-educated player in major league baseball.
- The Kean-Fish political dynasty
The Kean-Fish clan has had a place in American government in every century since the days when New York was a Dutch colony.
- Google’s battle for dominance
Is Google becoming the vampire squid wrapped around the Web?
- The domino effect of the Gates retirement
President Obama says farewell today to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.
- Congresswoman marries billionaire
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine married billionaire hedge funder Donald Sussman Saturday.
- Another scandal, another Allred client
Hardly a sex scandal goes by that doesn’t bring new business to celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred.
- State dinner or campaign event?
The purported reason for the state dinner at the White House Tuesday was to honor German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Romney campaign recruits major bundlers
Mitt Romney is moving quickly to tie up big-money supporters who can attract more big-money supporters to his presidential campaign.
- Anthony Weiner and other lewd dudes
Rep. Anthony Weiner has moved from one elite group - aspiring mayors of New York - to a club nobody wants to join.
- Mapping the complicated social network of Bunny Mellon
While the indictment against John Edwards refers to her only as “Person C,” Rachel Mellon is at the heart of the the former presidential candidate’s case.
- The Pritzker fortune and the Obama campaign
Tonight, President Obama will speak at a ceremony honoring this year’s winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, named for the family that built a fortune with the Hyatt Hotels chain.
- Oprah truly built her own network
The show is over, but the conglomerate that is Oprah Winfrey lives on.
- Two famous political names pair up at financial firm
When it comes to career advancement, being the offspring of a prominent national politician has its advantages.
- FCC revolving door keeps turning
Another day, another dollar for a federal regulator joining the industry being regulated.
- Newt Gingrich’s well-funded network
It’s been more than two decades since Newt Gingrich has run a real campaign. But he has been busy for years, building connections that could help him mount a presidential run.
- Family ties endure at America’s biggest company
The Fortune 500 list, released Thursday, puts Wal-Mart in the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row.
- Evolution of a wedding dress
The veiled creation was unveiled this morning. And as many had suspected, it was the work of Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton.
- The endless family connections of Amanda Burden
Amanda Burden may well be the most glamourous official in New York city government.
- Two degrees from Elizabeth Taylor
We map one of Hollywood’s most connected actors.
- The Dolan family dynasty
Despite their ubiquity in New York, the Dolans manage to keep a fairly low profile.
- Beverly Hills High: Hollywood’s alma mater
In honor of Oscar Sunday, we’ve mapped the Hollywood network that orbits Beverly Hills High School.
- The multi-talented Draper clan
California venture capitalist William Draper III is the patriarch of a family with many talents.
- Claire Bloom links Hollywood generations
In a gracious acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday, Geoffrey Rush thanked Claire Bloom for putting the “The King’s Speech” cast “one degree of separation from Charlie Chaplin.”
- Kappa Beta Phi, the secret society of Wall Street
Wall Street’s secret fraternity, Kappa Beta Phi, accepted its newest members last week.
- DeLay staffers find new jobs in D.C.
Many of Tom DeLay’s former aides are faring much better than their old boss, who faces a three-year prison term for illegally plotting to funnel corporate campaign contributions to candidates.
- The Brown bourbon dynasty
Rarely does nepotism have the long-term success it has had at Brown-Forman, the company that makes Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort and a host of other alcoholic beverages.
- Stiller and Wilson are the new odd couple
Much as you might hate to admit it, you have to love the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
- John Sayles maintains his independence and his loyalties
Filmmaker John Sayles believes in long-term relationships - working and otherwise.
- Before American Idol, there was the Mickey Mouse Club
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating, given the current success of Ryan Gosling, who stars in two new releases - All Good Things and Blue Valentine.
- SNL at center of Christmas movie network
Who is the Kevin Bacon of Christmas movies? It’s not a person but a TV show.
- We give thanks for FDR, Clint Eastwood, Alec Baldwin and … Sarah Palin
A big shout-out to the 53 Pilgrims who sat down to America’s first Thanksgiving dinner almost four centuries ago.
- Hillraisers named to fed jobs by Obama administration
Obama bundlers aren’t the only campaign supporters who have received appointments from the current White House.
- Tom Harmon - Patriarch and Heisman winner
The extended family of actor Mark Harmon and his father, football star Tom Harmon.
- Dick Armey’s third act
Eight years out of Congress, Dick Armey is being described as a shadow majority leader.
- George Soros is in Glenn Beck’s cross-hairs
Of the hundreds of thousands of people we profile on Muckety, George Soros is one of the most popular with our users.
- Armie Hammer born to the role of Winklevi
The persona of the aristocratic Harvard gentleman came so easily to actor Armie Hammer that he played two of them in “The Social Network.”
- The Lindberghs: Born to politics
Our review of family relationships in this year’s congressional elections recently led us, however improbably, to the Lindberghs.
- The Chafees, the Tafts and the family business
Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican who endorsed Barack Obama early in the last presidential campaign, is attracting an electic group of supporters in his run as an independent candidate for Rhode Island governor.
- Real-life connections of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
Reality TV is generally beyond the Muckety attention span, but The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is so rich with connections, we had to go there.
- Bill Clinton: The most networked president in history?
Despite Jimmy Carter’s recent claim to supremacy, Bill Clinton may well be the most networked president in U.S. history.
- The Houghton-Weinberg web
When Sidney Weinberg Jr. died this week, The New York Times described him as part of a family dynasty at Goldman Sachs.
- Abner Mikva’s many connections to the top
Writing in The New York Times, Adam Liptak refers to retired federal judge Abner J. Mikva as “the Zelig of the American legal scene.”
- Mapping ‘The Social Network’
The Social Network ruled the box office when it opened over the weekend, taking in $23 million.
- The other Guggenheims
Davis Guggenheim and his father, Charles, have launched a new family dynasty.
- The Deschanel cabal
Word of Emily Deschanel’s marriage Saturday to actor-writer David Hornsby gives us an excuse to chart the Deschanel clan.
- Biopic to put Maxwell Perkins in starring role
Early in his marriage, Maxwell Perkins told his wife Louise that he wanted to be “a little dwarf on the shoulder of a great general advising him what to do and what not to do, without anyone’s noticing.”
- God, art, money and the Medicis
The Medicis of Florence never lose their ability to fascinate.
- The bejeweled family tree of Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness, a name familiar to fashionistas and beer lovers, makes an intriguing Muckety map.
- Koch brothers: The Medicis of libertarian politics
The Koch brothers’ impact on Americans’ daily lives is immeasurable.
- The Hearsts wear Prada
As sometimes happens when moneyed families hold onto their fortunes, the Hearst progeny get better looking with each generation.
- Greta Van Susteren’s political and lobbying connections
In a softball interview published today on Politico, Fox news host Greta Van Susteren is asked what she would try if she knew she couldn’t fail.
- The storied Dursts of New York
One of America’s quirkiest real estate families landed a major deal this week.
- Six degrees of Kyra Sedgwick
The game may be named for her husband, Kevin Bacon, but Kyra Sedgwick is the one with the real power connections.
- Ivy League presidents find time for corporate boards
Bloomberg points out today that five of the eight Ivy League college presidents sit on the boards of public companies.
- The colorful, connected life of Thomas Hoving
Thomas Hoving died in December, after multiple careers in which he showed off his exquisite taste and his talent for attracting media attention. He was commissioner of New York City Parks, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and editor of Connoisseur magazine.
- Lost no more
We’re left so many questions and ambiguities. Is everyone dead, or just Jack? If everyone, did they die in the original plane crash or later? And where’s Richard?
- Augusta club will protect Tiger Woods’ privacy as well as its own
It’s no surprise that Tiger Woods has chosen to resume his golf career at the Masters next month.
- Christopher Lloyd carries on family tradition
True to its title, ABC’s hit new comedy “Modern Family” is about families now, not then, a comic celebration of both the conventional and the unconventional.
- Buffett-Gates friendship too big to fail
The much publicized friendship between Warren Buffett and Bill Gates has become an empire - extending even beyond Buffett’s huge gift to the Gates Foundation.
- The network of the book
Geraldine Brooks wrote a memorable novel a couple of years ago about a readers’ web. People of the Book describes the travels of a 14th-century Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah.
- The Muckety of Robert Morgenthau
Mapping the career and family connections of former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
- Yanks continue to invest in Premier soccer
Who says Americans don’t like soccer?
- An unusual friendship: Nica Rothschild and Thelonious Monk
She was a baroness, descended from one of Europe’s wealthiest families. He was the great-grandson of a slave.
- Paul Pelosi, spouse & football team owner
Paul Pelosi has decades of experience in avoiding the spotlight.
- Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale - of the Minows
Here’s a scoop for the conspiracy theorists who frequent Muckety: The Minow family is reshaping America.
- More Obama bundlers named to ambassador jobs
President Obama yesterday named former DNC finance chairman Philip D. Murphy to be U.S. ambassador to Germany, the latest in a growing list of political nominations to diplomatic positions.
- ‘Hillaryland’ is reborn at the State Department
Hillary Rodham Clinton may have reinvented herself as secretary of state, but she hasn’t exactly started with a blank slate.
- Obama administration is a family affair
Declan Power-Sunstein, born last month to power couple Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein, has been hailed as the Obama administration’s “first baby.”
- Small film ‘Chooch’ at center of big political storm
Perhaps it’s time to re-release Chooch, an indie comedy that bombed at the box office in 2004.
- Harvard Law ensconced at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
To save on travel expenses, the Harvard Law School Class of 1991 might as well have its reunion this year at the White House.
- Lawsuit against Skull and Bones renews mystery about Geronimo’s remains
The descendants of Geronimo, the Apache chieftain whose skull is rumored to be part of the initiation rite of Yale’s Skull and Bones Society, filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding the return of his remains.
- Related by scandal
When Carrie Fisher’s teenaged daughter began flirting with Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson, Fisher decided it was time to chart family relationships.
- Wealthy donors ready to kick up their heels at inaugural festivities
Big-money supporters of Barack Obama kept a low profile during the election. Now it’s time to party.
- Robert Rubin’s disciples dominate Obama economic team
Barack Obama’s economic team is stunning for its homogeneity. Timothy Geithner, Lawrence Summers and Peter Orszag are all proteges of former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, a centrist economist who was one of the key Democratic architects of the financial deregulation undertaken in the Clinton years.
- As senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett will be loyal networker
They don’t come much more connected than Valerie Jarrett.
- Erik Prince’s mom gives $450,000 to stop same-sex marriage
A conservative religious family in western Michigan, whose vast fortunes derive from auto parts and government security contracts, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ban gay marriage in California.
- Swift Boat moneymen still trying to shape public policy
Four years later, many of the wealthy donors who funded the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry are still very active in molding public opinion.
- Ka-Pow! Thwap! Marvel faces ownership fight for Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk
Marvel Comics’ transformation from a bankrupt company with a dusty library of 5,000 superheroes in 1998 into a booming entertainment conglomerate that produced its first self-made movies this year was a real-life metamorphosis.
- Bilderberg ‘friends’ include Kissinger, Rockefeller, Perle and Johnson
Several dozen participants of a secretive group thought to rule the world gathered in a suburban Virginia hotel last week, talked for three days, then went their separate ways.
- Bayhs build a fortune with separate, but overlapping careers
Susan Bayh isn’t the only congressional spouse to sit on a corporate board.
- Harry Potter’s alternate universe
Our boy wizard Muckety map contains content up through H”arry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”