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. On our Haute 100 New York list is Derek Jeter, one of the highest paid baseball players whose endorsement deals, philanthropic efforts, and unsurpassed athletic prowess proves he is a force to be reckoned with.
Company: NY Yankees
What Made Him Haute: The Yankees drafted Derek Jeter the sixth overall pick in the June 1992 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was the first high school player chosen that year and became the third shortstop selected in Yankees history with a first-round pick. Derek made his ninth All-Star Team in 2008, and just before our press run, he hit a two-run homer in game one of the American League division series, which the Yankees won.
What Makes Him Haute Now: For the man who can credit five titles and 2,800 hits to his name, Derek Jeter seems to be on top of the world. However, things just got a little hauter for the star shortstop. Jeter is reportedly asking for a contract of $18 to $20 million per year for what is expected to be four years. So far, Jeter has brought in a nice $205 million to date and is the only player in history to have received both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award. In 2009, the captain was honored with the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award.
Adding to his explosive career, Jeter will take a swing at acting and will make a cameo in the upcoming film, The Other Guys. In the film, which is sure to be a comedic triumph, Jeter has a confrontation with Mark Wahlberg, who in real life is a zealous Red Sox fan.
As one of the most recognized athletes, Jeter has appeared in national campaigns for Nike, Gatorade, VISA, and Discover Card but always gives back to the community through his philanthropic efforts. His charity organization, Turn 2 Foundation, entered into a Delta Airlines competition in 2009 in which the baseball player with the highest batting average was gifted $100,000 for their foundation.