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December 12, 2016

New York’s 2017 Haute 100 List

In New York, it’s hard to compile a list of mega-achievers with only 100 names. But the men and women comprising this year’s Haute 100 continue to stand out even in a city of dazzlers, as they make news that resonates worldwide, setting new standards for achievement in art, business, fashion, entertainment, and philanthropy. With […]

In New York, it’s hard to compile a list of mega-achievers with only 100 names. But the men and women comprising this year’s Haute 100 continue to stand out even in a city of dazzlers, as they make news that resonates worldwide, setting new standards for achievement in art, business, fashion, entertainment, and philanthropy. With their extraordinary talent and drive, they ensure that the Big Apple remains the greatest city in the world.


Now that he and wife Amal bought a condo in Aby Rosen’s luxe Norman Foster–designed condo at 100 East 53rd Street, will New York see more of the screen icon and his legal-eagle wife? The new digs are conveniently a short walk to the U.N., where human rights lawyer Amal recently spoke to the General Assembly.


This five-time Emmy winner and hit-maker extraordinaire, who founded and headed up Arista Records for more than two decades, is credited with signing music icons Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead, and with developing the career of Whitney Houston. He is presently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment and author of a well-received memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life.


The two-time Academy Award winner is also a hospitality mogul, with an expanding empire of restaurants and hotels around the world. He spearheaded the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival to help revitalize Downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.


The Tonight Show host helped make one of the most venerable television franchises a New York institution again. Fallon, an SNL alum, has kept his program number one in the late-night ratings wars.


Coldplay’s frontman continues to rock the charts and win kudos for his Global Citizen activism. His other philanthropic pursuits include The Innocence Project and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.


He created Saturday Night Live and has helmed the show since 1975 (except for a brief break from it in the early ’80s). Michaels has kept SNL a ratings winner and launched the careers of numerous comedians. He now serves as executive producer of both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Myers.


He created the wildly successful, groundbreaking musical Hamilton, which won a Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tonys, including best musical. Now that he’s left the show, is a big film career in the offing?


The actress, Goop founder, and lifestyle maven never hits the pause button. Goop introduced a skin-care line this year and a book imprint, Goop Press, with Grand Central Publishing. Next year she hits the big screen playing artist Dora Maar, Picasso’s muse and lover, in 33 Dias.


Despite the brouhaha surrounding Michael Strahan’s departure from their morning show, Ripa remains the cornerstone of the popular Live! franchise, earning a reported $20 million a year. She is a highly visible supporter of various ovarian cancer charity initiatives as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


Critics and film scholars have called him the best living American director. He has won numerous honors, including a Best Director Academy Award for The Departed, the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for After Hours, and the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Taxi Driver.


TV Guide rated Seinfeld’s eponymous show, which he created with Larry David, as the greatest sitcom of all time. Today Seinfeld is host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and is involved in numerous charity initiatives.


This always best-in-class actress holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations, and has snagged three wins (two for best actress, one for best supporting actress). At 67, Streep is still going strong, proudly watching thespian daughters Mamie and Grace Gummer follow in her gilded footsteps.


The 10-time Grammy Award winner, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, is also a generous philanthropist, and in 2014 was appointed New York City’s Global Ambassador of Tourism. The pop icon’s comings and goings from her Tribeca penthouse (currently under renovation) are much documented by the city’s paps.


Leon Black, co-founder of private equity powerhouse Apollo Global Management, is as renowned for his art collection, reportedly worth over $2 billion, as he is for his financial prowess. He and his wife, Debra, founded the Melanoma Research Alliance, dedicated to finding a cure for the disease.


The three-time mayor has kept busy since leaving City Hall. He went back to Bloomberg LP, his financial data behemoth, to head it up, along withdevoting time to his charitable foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on the arts, education, the environment, and public health. He flirted with a presidential run earlier this year, but opted out, saying he couldn’t win.


Cohen, who started Point72 Asset Management, a family office, when his hedge fund SAC Capital shut down, retains a net worth of about $13 billion, according to Forbes. He is an avid buyer of contemporary art, with a collection valued at about $1 billion. Cohen reportedly bought a Giacometti sculpture at Christie’s last spring for $141.3 million.


Carl Icahn, a Queens native, is the chairman of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company with a wide range of interests, from autos to real estate. Earlier this year, he sold his substantial position in Apple for a $2 billion profit. Icahn is a generous benefactor for New York charities, among them the Icahn Charter Schools in the Bronx and the Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine.


Paul Tudor Jones II, a self-made hedge-fund billionaire who founded the Tudor Investment Corp. 30 years ago, famously foresaw and profited from 1987’s “Black Monday” (by shorting stock index futures). An active philanthropist, he’s used his money for good, founding the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity supported by many top Wall Street players.


Koch dukes it out with Michael Bloomberg each year for the title of richest man in New York. His mega-wealth ($42 billion according to Forbes) comes from Koch Industries, a privately held manufacturing and energy conglomerate, where he is executive vice president. He and his wife, Julia, are major benefactors of a wide range of charities, including Lincoln Center, American Ballet Theater, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where Koch donated $150 million for a new cancer center that will be named in his honor.


Kovner is chairman of CAM Capital, and for close to three decades, ran Caxton Associates, a global macro hedge fund. The Harvard graduate, whose net worth is estimated at more than $5 billion, made his first trade in 1977 for $3,000, a sum borrowed on his MasterCard. He is an active philanthropist who established the Kovner Foundation, and has made large bequests to such institutions as the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center.


The sons of company founder Estée Lauder are major art collectors and benefactors of the city’s best-known cultural institutions and social causes. Leonard Lauder has been a longtime patron of the Whitney Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to which he gifted his billion-dollar collection of Cubist art. He is also a major supporter of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Ronald Lauder, the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, co-founded the Neue Gallery and established an eponymous foundation, which benefits Jewish education and community programs.


As chairman and CEO of the company founded by his great-great-grandfather, which developed Battery Park City, LeFrak City (Queens), and Jersey City, Richard Lefrak helms one of the world’s largest real estate firms. He is active in civic and social causes like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History.


The 85-year-old mogul, who recently remarried Jerry Hall, still calls the important shots at his media conglomerate, which includes 21st Century Fox, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal, even though his sons James (as CEO of 21st Century Fox) and Lachlan (executive co-chairman of News Corp.) have taken leadership roles in the company. His personal net worth is about $12 billion.


As chairman and CEO of McAndrew and Forbes—a diverse holding company that owns businesses ranging from cosmetics to biotechnology—Perelman and his organization have been major benefactors of numerous medical, civic, and cultural causes.


The founder of ONEXIM Group, a private investment fund based in Russia, Prokhorov is the majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. His charitable foundation focuses on cultural institutions and initiatives in Russia.


Wilbur Ross is chairman and chief strategist for W.L. Ross & Co., a private equity firm known for its expertise in acquisitions, mergers, and corporate restructuring. He is an avid art collector, and together with his wife, Hilary Geary Ross, active on the city’s charity circuit.An early supporter of Donald Trump, will Ross take a role in the 45th president’s new administration? If so, the Rosses are sure to be on the dinner-party guest listsof top DC hostesses.


Chairman and co-founder of the private equity firm The Blackstone Group, Schwarzman leads a company with over $350 billion in assets. A highly active philanthropist, Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library, which led to the main building being renamed in his honor, and has given generously to numerous education causes.


Stern, the chairman and CEO of the Hartz Group (with extensive real estate holdings in New York and New Jersey, as well as interests in the financial, hospitality, oil, and gas businesses) gave $30 million to NYU’s business school, which was renamed after him.


This hedge-fund manager, who founded Appaloosa Management, has extensively supported education causes, donating $123 million to Carnegie Mellon’s business school and giving generously to the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University. Tepper owns one of the most expensive homes in the Hamptons and has a net worth of about $11 billion, according to Forbes.


As chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, Blankfein oversees a firm with more than $1 trillion in managed assets. The Harvard grad, often on the world’s most powerful lists, supports numerous New York charities, is a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College, and has been active with the Robin Hood Foundation.


A scion of the famous clan that founded Seagram, Bronfman Jr. is a managing partner at Accretive LLC, a private equity firm that invests in tech companies. Prior to Accretive, he was CEO of Seagram, vice chair of Vivendi, and CEO of the Warner Music Group (2004–2011). He recently made news with a preliminary takeover proposal in conjunction with Access Industries for Time Inc.


The long-serving head of American Express is taking the global behemoth into the digital age. He has pioneered diversity initiatives at Amex and serves on many nonprofit charity boards.


Dimon, a native New Yorker (and Browning alum), heads up the largest bank in the U.S., with more then $2.4 trillion in assets. As Chase’s CEO, Dimon won kudos for his role in the financial crisis (and this year for giving raises to lower-level bank employees). There’s been scuttlebutt about his running for elected office some day, but Dimon says it’s not in the cards.


This powerhouse father-son duo has far-reaching clout in media, sports, and philanthropy. Charles Dolan, founder of the Cablevision Systems Corporation, sold his conglomerate in June to Altice, the French telecom group, for $17.7 billion. Forbes pegs his personal net worth at $4.4 billion. His son, James, is executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, overseeing such major New York teams like the Knicks, the Rangers, and the Liberty. Charles serves as chair of the Lustgarden Foundation, dedicated to pancreatic cancer research.


Immelt was tapped by Jack Welch to take over the global giant GE in 2001. As CEO, Immelt oversees the world’s largest digital industrial company with some 330,000 employees and a market cap of over $285 billion, according to Forbes.


Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson is CEO of private investment firm the Johnson Company Inc. and owns the New York Jets. He established the Alliance for Lupus Research and helped transform the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) from a small nonprofit into the largest private group dedicated to curing diabetes.


Steinbrenner is the managing general partner and co-owner of the New York Yankees, which Forbes named the most valuable team in sports, with a valuation of more than $3 billion.


Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, co-owner (with his brother Steve) of the New York Giants, and a fervent advocate for the tourism and travel industry, Tisch cuts a wide swath across numerous business sectors important to New York. He is an active philanthropist for education, tourism, and cultural causes, and is a visible figure with his wife, Lizzie, on New York’s charity circuit. (See our cover feature on Jonathan Tisch in this issue.)



Often considered the most powerful art dealer on the planet, this ultimate gallerist is responsible for over $1 billion in art sales each year. His client list is ultra-blue-chip: David Geffen, Eli Broad, and Steven Cohen to name a few of the .01 percenter crowd who work with him to build their museum-worthy collections.


A rock star artist, Koons has captivated the art world with post-modernist works whose prices routinely reach the stratosphere. His “Balloon Dog (Orange)” set a record ($58.4 million) for a work by a living artist when sold at auction at Christie’s in 2013.



The dynamic curator in charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York is responsible for such recent blockbusters as “China: Through the Looking Glass” and “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The fashion world awaits his next extravaganza themed to the work of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo.


Her self-named label took off in 2004, evolving from a small fashion brand with a NoLita boutique into a global empire with customers in 30 countries eager to scoop up her boho-preppy clothes.


The designer/director, whose clothes have long been a favorite with A-listers, continues to grow his brand with new lines and sleek flagships. He’s also shaking up the fashion calendar by showing collections that sync up with their in-store delivery.


A beloved figure in the fashion world, Herrera enchants with her exquisite take on modern femininity, which makes it easy to understand why her clothes are staples in the wardrobes of Best-Dressed List regulars. The designer has racked up numerous fashion honors, including the 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.


A designer who has modernized all-American style, Hilfiger remains the chief designer of the eponymous multibillion-dollar label, now owned by Phillips-Van Heusen. He recently launched a capsule collection Tommy x Gigi in collaboration with star model Gigi Hadid. An active city philanthropist, Hilfiger and his foundation support many health, social, and cultural causes.


City native Jacobs remains one of the most closely watched designers in the world, with a genius talent for filtering zeitgeist references through a couture or haute ready-to-wear lens. While creative director at Louis Vuitton, Jacobs won worldwide acclaim for his collaborations with such artists as Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.


Even though this visionary designer and fashion executive, who reimagined the preppy and Anglo-chic aesthetic, handed over his CEO position in 2015 to Stefan Larsson, Lauren still remains chairman and chief creative officer of the global conglomerate he built from a small business crafting ties in the 1960s. He has dedicated himself to many charities, particularly those targeting breast cancer, and established the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in New York.


Wang revolutionized the bridal industry by bringing a couture sensibility to wedding gowns and attire. The former Vogue editor now helms a global empire with outposts ranging from Athens to Hong Kong.



Long known for a daring sense of luxe, Bradfield, joined by partner Roric Tobin, is defining a contemporary global style that resonates with a worldwide roster of A-listers, mega-moguls, and celebrities.


Multi-award-winning designer Drake, famous for designing Michael Bloomberg’s and Madonna’s homes and for developing a new luxurious modernism, recently partnered with Caleb Anderson, a much-watched young talent, to form Drake/Anderson.


The Danish designer is known for his ultra-high-end work on the famous “Billionaire Building,” One57, and his soon-to-open 50 West Street, in the Financial District.


A design star for more than three decades, Wolf creates sumptuous modern rooms for private dwellings, hotels, and restaurants, and brings his refined aesthetic to collaborations with luxury brands like Ralph Pucci and Baccarat.


Post-election, the former president’s New York connections will likely stay strong with The Clinton Foundation based in the city. The Clintons also recently added property to their Chappaqua estate.


What’s next for the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate? Stay tuned, but it’s hard to imagine Clinton, a former secretary of state and U. S. senator from New York, staying on the sidelines for long.


A second-term governor, Queens-born Cuomo has racked up such accomplishments as passing the Marriage Equality Act, enacting some of the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, and raising the minimum wage. His administration has also pushed successfully for the redevelopment of LaGuardia airport, jobs programs, and upstate tourism initiatives. With Clinton’s defeat, will Cuomo turn his eyes toward the White House for 2020?


She succeeded Hillary Clinton as the junior U. S. senator from New York at the height of the Great Recession, and has focused on jobs creation both in state and throughout the U.S. while in office. She is a strong advocate for economic empowerment of women and working families, among other initiatives.


Congresswoman Maloney has represented New York’s 12th District (the East Side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens), since 1993. She is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where she has worked on legislation for stronger oversight of the banking industry


New York’s senior U.S. senator is a Brooklyn native and graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School. Schumer, who just won reelection, is slated to succeed Harry Reid as Senate minority leader.


He anchors Anderson Cooper 360, CNN’s global nightly newscast, and is one of the cable network’s most visible stars. Cooper fronted much of CNN’s election year coverage and co-moderated one of this year’s presidential debates. Cooper, a Yale graduate, is also a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes.


Holt is the first African American to serve as primary anchor for a major network’s evening newscast, NBC Nightly News. He also serves as anchor for the network’s Dateline and moderated one of the 2016 presidential debates.


Muir, who was once dubbed the “Brad Pitt of news anchors,” succeeded Diane Sawyer as anchor of ABC World News Tonight in 2014. During his tenure, the broadcast has led ratings for the 25 to 54 age demographic. Muir is also known for his extensive field reporting during Hurricane Katrina and from Tahir Square during the Egyptian political uprisings. He also snagged an exclusive interview with the Pope.


The former New York Giants great and Emmy winner recently started a new high profile gig on Good Morning America.


The chairman and publisher of The New York Times, who has been running the paper’s daily operations since 1992, recently saw his son A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher. During his tenure, the Times has won 53 Pulitzer Prizes. When Sulzberger senior steps down, it will be up to A.G. to continue the Times’s transition into the digital age.


Editor in chief of Vogue for more than two decades, Wintour now serves as the artistic director of Condé Nast. Her icon status was secured with the renaming of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in her honor.


A wunderkind from his earliest days in broadcasting (he became executive producer of the Today show at 26), Zucker, once president and CEO of NBCUniversal, now helms CNN and is widely credited with reviving its ratings.


All-Star Knicks icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist Carmelo and Nicole “La La” Anthony (an actress, television personality, and author) dazzle New York wherever they go.


This music duo, one of the entertainment industry’s richest and most powerful couples, break records as easily as they make them. Both are among the best-selling singers of all time: The 21-time Grammy winner and his 20-time Grammy winner wife have each racked up over 100 million in record sales.


Dean, one of the world’s most successful hip-hop record producers, is also a fashion designer and noted art collector; wife Alicia Keys, who has been dubbed the “queen of R&B,” has racked up 15 Grammys. She is also co-founder of Keep a Child Alive.


Both legends in their respective fields, entertainment and Internet mogul Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp and Expedia, and Diane von Furstenberg—who built a fashion empire on the concept of a wrap dress and is the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America—have given lavishly to numerous causes through the Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation.


Henry Kravis, co-founder of equity powerhouse Kohlberg, Kravis, and Roberts, and wife Marie-Josée Kravis, a Canadian economist, are among the city’s most generous benefactors. There’s even a wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art named for the KKR pioneer.


Now that she’s a first daughter, Ivanka Trump—who heads up her eponymous $100 million apparel firm and serves as the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organization—and husband Jared Kushner– a principal of Kushner Companies. a real estate development firm and owner of The New York Observer—are sure to remain at the top of New York business, social and financial circles– and DC’s too.


Giants quarterback Manning—who led his team to wins in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI (besting the New England Patriots both times)—and wife Abby are known for their philanthropy supporting hospital charities in New York and Mississippi.


Co-chair of the Weinstein Company with his brother, Bob, Weinstein has racked up countless awards, including Best Picture Oscars for The English Patient, Chicago, and The King’s Speech. Chapman is the founder of the fashion label Marchesa, a red-carpet favorite.


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A power philanthropist in three cities (New York, Miami, and Chicago), Arsht gave $10 million to Lincoln Center, which named the stage at Alice Tully Hall in her honor. She continues to be an important benefactor of New York cultural causes.


He co-founded Home Depot and has been a tireless and extremely generous advocate for education, medical causes and children’s charities. His best known gift remains the $200 million he gave to NYU Medical Center, which was subsequently renamed in his and his wife’s honor.


Facebook’s first president and the co-founder of Napster created the Parker Foundation, in 2015, with a $600 million gift. It focuses on life sciences, global public health, and civic causes.


The Grammy Award–winning songwriter created Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, in 2008, in honor of her daughter who died from leukemia. The charity’s annual Angel Ball raises millions for cancer research.


One of New York’s most dedicated and glamorous philanthropists, Shafiroff sits on numerous boards, like The New York Mission Society and The New York Women’s Foundation, and has raised millions for many city and East End causes.


The chairman and founder of Midtown Equities, with extensive holdings in media, entertainment, and real estate, Cayre’s best known project was the joint acquisition, with Larry Silverstein and the Goldman families, of a 99-year lease on the World Trade Center, the largest real estate transaction in the city’s history. He also co-founded Core Group Marketing, a real estate brokerage, and established the Joe and Trina Cayre Foundation for global philanthropic initiatives.


Farkas founded Island Capital Group, a real estate merchant banking firm, where he serves as chairman and CEO. The company’s diverse holdings manage over $180 billion in assets. He is a generous philanthropist for numerous city-based causes and a benefactor for his alma mater, Harvard.


Lorber is the president and CEO of the holding company Vector Group and chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman, one of the largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the U.S., with an annual sales volume of more than $22 billion.


President of the Sorgente Group of America, Mainetti is known for preserving and restoring historic properties with sustainability foremost in mind. A major player and one of the most prominent women developers in New York real estate, Mainetti has a majority stake in the Flatiron Building.


As founder of real estate development, investment, and construction firm the Property Markets Group, Maloney has been involved in many of the city’s high-profile projects, like the Walker Tower and the 1,400-foot 111 West 57th Street, scheduled to open on Billionaire’s Row in 2018. PMG, with offices in New York, Chicago, and Miami, has completed 85 residential buildings.


His company, the Moinian Group, one of the largest privately held real estate firms in the U.S., has interests in a broad spectrum of real estate ranging from office, hotel, and retail properties to condos and rental apartments. Its 220 11th Avenue project, which is expected to begin construction in 2017, was designed by the late Zaha Hadid.


Miki Naftali is chairman and chief executive officer of the Naftali Group, a global real estate concern that develops luxury residential properties in New York, Los Angeles, and Singapore. He formerly served as CEO of the Elad Group, where he led the $450 million restoration and reconfiguration of the iconic Plaza Hotel.


Bill O’Connor is CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners, a New York–based institutional real estate investment, management, and development firm. Since its inception, the company has acquired or developed over $30 billion worth of property, including over 55 million square feet of retail space and over 30,000 residential units globally.


This real estate developer, a co-founder of RFR Holdings, oversees a portfolio of high-profile properties in New York that includes the Seagram Building, where Rosen is revamping the legendary Four Seasons restaurant; the new Norman Foster–designed 150 East 53rd Street; Lever House; and the Gramercy Park Hotel. Rosen is a major art collector and owns works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.


Ross, the founder, chairman, and CEO of The Related Companies—the powerhouse real estate concern responsible for trophy projects like the Time Warner Center and the mega-redevelopment project Hudson Yards—also owns a 95 percent stake in the Miami Dolphins.


Jerry Speyer is the co-founder and chairman of Tishman Speyer, the prominent real estate firm that owns such landmark properties as the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. Speyer’s son, Rob, is president and CEO of the company, whose global real estate holdings are valued at more than $80 billion. Speyer family members are prominent philanthropists, generously supporting many city cultural, medical, and civic causes.


The Zeckendorf brothers, principals of Zeckendorf Development LLC, have developed more than $4 billion worth of properties, including 15 Central Park West, which has been called the world’s most powerful address. They (along with partners Global Holdings and Park Sixty LLC) bring their special form of modern luxury to 520 Park Avenue, which is due to be completed in 2018.


Zuckerman is co-founder and chairman emeritus of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate developers in the country. Its portfolio includes the General Motors Building and the Times Square Tower. Zuckerman is also owner and publisher of the New York Daily News and owner and editor in chief of U.S. News and World Report. He pledged $200 million to fund an eponymous mind-brain behavior institute at Columbia University.

Contributing research editor, Chloe Fox