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Philippe Dauman

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: Viacom

INDUSTRY: Film

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

He’s been with the media conglomerate company since 1987 and has been President and CEO for Viacom since 2006. In 2009, under Dauman’s charge, Viacom launched the Get Schooled education initiative with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an effort to raise awareness of the crisis in America’s public schools. This educationally minded haute-lister is also on the board of the KIPP Foundation and the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Council of Columbia University School of Law.

Jeffrey Deitch

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: Museum of Contemporary Art

INDUSTRY: Art

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

The Harvard MBA graduate and ex-vice president of Citibank is now a central figure in the art world, dealing in modern and contemporary art and serving as an art advisor to private and institutional art collectors. This former New York City gallerist was appointed as the Museum of Contemporary Art’s director, making him the first art dealer to run a major American museum.

Johnny Depp

CATEGORY: Actor, Producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Director

COMPANY: Infinitum

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: In what can be a fickle industry, this power player has some serious staying power.  He rose to fame in the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street and has since earned a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild award, and proved to be the unofficial authority of complex historical and fantasy roles.  Box office sensations to his credit include Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean series,  Public Enemies and seven Tim Burton films.

Leonardo DiCaprio

CATEGORY: Entertainers

INDUSTRY: Film

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

When it comes to films, this talented actor sure knows how to pick them, or rather, they pick him. DiCaprio went from America’s heartthrob to America’s smartest and most versatile actor, starring in movies like Shutter Island and Inception. In addition to his many public accolades, he won a Golden Globe for “Best Actor” for his performance in The Aviator.  DiCaprio has also taken an interest in both producing and directing films and served as the Executive Producer for this year’s box office hit The Ides of March.

Robert Downey, Jr.

CATEGORY: Entertainers

INDUSTRY: Film

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

He’s known as Hollywood’s comeback kid, stemming from several major career comebacks. In particular, he made a comeback in 2008 with an Oscar-nominated performance in Tropic Thunder and playing Tony Stark in Iron Man, a role that he reprised in Iron Man 2 last year. He reportedly raked in around $33 million in 2010 with Hollywood flicks like the Sherlock Holmes sequel and Due Date.

Gustavo Dudamel

CATEGORY: Thinker

COMPANY: Los Angeles Philharmonic

INDUSTRY: Music

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: He is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.  He splits his time as a conductor between the U.S., Sweden, and Venezuela, but also guest conducts with the world’s greatest orchestras, invigorating audiences from all ends of the earth.

Ari Emanuel

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: WME

INDUSTRY: Talent

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: As the founder of Endeavor Talent Agency and now co-chief executive of WME, the largest talent agency in the world, this super agent now represents some of the top names in the entertainment industry and is said to be the agent who the TV show Entourage’s Ari Gold is based on.

Kevin Feige

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: Marvel Studios

INDUSTRY: Film

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

He began working on Marvel movies in 2000 as an associate producer on X-Men. The now-President of Production for Marvel Studios, Feige was behind the Spider Man trilogy, Iron Man 1 and 2 and The Incredible Hulk.

Alan Fuerstman

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: Montage Hotels

INDUSTRY: Hospitality

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

He is founder and CEO of Montage Hotels, a five-star resort company with landmark locations in Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills. In 2010, his company opened Montage Deer Valley, a luxury ski resort in Utah. Fuerstman has been publicly recognized for his business and hospitality excellence with accolades such as the “One to Watch” award under Virtuoso’s “Best of the Best” Hotel Awards.  This successful businessman also donates his time to good causes and serves on the Board of Trustees for Gettysburg College, the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management’s Advisory Board and the Resort Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

David Geffen

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: DreamWorks SKG

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

Geffen is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist. He first founded Asylum Records in 1970 followed by Geffen Records, which signed both Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses. He then moved on to start entertainment boutique DreamWorks with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, eventually selling it to Viacom for $1.5 billion. This Hollywood mogul donates millions of dollars each year to various charities and non-profit organizations and is worth approximately $5.5 billion.

Frank Gehry

CATEGORY: Originators

COMPANY: Gehry Partners, LLP

INDUSTRY: Architecture

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

This Pritzker Prize-winning architect sits at the helm of Gehry Partners, LLP. Gehry is perhaps most famous for his design of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, but Los Angeles residents know him for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened in 2003 and was quickly recognized as perhaps his greatest work, not only for the originality of its design, but for its functionality. It’s a symbol of downtown Los Angeles as a center of culture.

Alec Gores

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: Gores Group

INDUSTRY: Private Equity

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

This haute-lister is the founder, chairman and CEO of The Gores Group, an extremely lucrative private-based equity firm that specializes in acquiring multi-million dollar businesses. Over the years they’ve acquired many notable businesses such as Alliance Entertainment, which is the largest wholesale distributor of CDs, DVDs and video games in the U.S. The company also acquired Big Strike, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and wholesaler of casual and career junior apparel.

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