Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today, San Francisco 49ers President Jed York, who is in the spotlight thanks to the NFL draft taking place tonight.
Company: San Francisco 49ers
What MADE Him Haute: At only 29 years old, he is the owner and president of one of the most storied and celebrated football franchises in all of the NFL—the San Francisco 49ers. (And also our youngest cover subject.) Since 2000, the team had been run by Jed’s parents, John and Denise DeBartolo York, who took over after the retirement of Denise’s brother, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. The 49ers first entered the family by way of Jed’s grandfather Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., who purchased the franchise in 1977. Under the eldest DeBartolo’s watch, the team flourished into an NFL dynasty, and his son Eddie continued the trend during his tenure as president and owner. “The Team of the ’80s” won five Super Bowl championships during the decade and the early part of the following. Jed’s goal is to return the team to its former glory.
What Makes Him Haute Now: The NFL prime time draft begins in a few short hours, and the 49ers are taking a decidedly different approach to this year’s program. As SI notes, the 49ers are heading into what is considered the most important draft in years without a general manager. Former 49ers GM Scot McCloughan stepped down five weeks ago, and York was quick to announce that the team might not have anyone in the position by the time today rolled around, so Trent Baalke, director of player personnel, is calling the shots alongside coach Mike Singletary. The 49ers have three picks in the top 50 of the draft, and the picks have the potential to turn the team around.