Los Angeles: Haute 100 2016

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CATEGORY: A-LIST ATHLETES

Kobe Bryant Haute 100
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KOBE BRYANT
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Kobe Bryant may be retiring this year, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t earn a place on our list: the man is an NBA legend. In his 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers—the only team, incidentally, that he has ever played for—he has broken a plethora of records. He is a 16-time All-Star, a 17-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 15-time member of the All-Defensive Team and two-time Olympic medal holder. Last season, he became just the fourth player in NBA history to reach the 32,000-point plateau. Bryant, an ambassador for the Swiss watch brand Hublot, is also the co-founder of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. In 2016, he received his own theme song, courtesy of Nike and Grammy-winning jazz artist Robert Glasper.

Misty Copeland
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MISTY COPELAND
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Misty Copeland made history in 2015 as the first African American female principal dancer in the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, performing Odette/ Odile in the ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House spring season in June 2015, as well as debuting as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. As befitting a woman who has made history, she has the endorsements to prove it: past and present brands she’s promoted have included American Express, Seiko, COACH and Diet Dr. Pepper. She became one of the faces of Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign as well in 2014.

Chris Paul
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CHRIS PAUL
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Chris Paul isn’t just one of the best basketball players in the world, he’s also one of the most philanthropic. The Los Angeles Clippers captain—named NBA Rookie of the Year (2006) and NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)—is also an nine-time NBA All Star, five-time All-Defensive First Team and a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012). When he’s not playing ball, he gives back through his Chris Paul Family Foundation. The point guard, whose endorsement portfolio includes Jordan Brand, State Farm Insurance, Muzik, is also the National Basketball Players Association President as well.

Maria Sharapova
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MARIA SHARAPOVA
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Maria Sharapova is the total package. She’s a world-renowned tennis star with five ITF Grand Slam tournaments and 35 WTA singles titles. Off the court, Sharapova’s star power leads her to endorse brands like Nike, Porsche, Tag Heuer, Evian, American Express, Supergoop, Head and Avon. The Russian beauty is also philanthropic: in 2007, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme and has donated more than one million dollars to Chernobyl-related projects. Through her Maria Sharapova Foundation, she commits herself to helping children around the world. Her candy company, Sugarpova, is rapidly growing and will soon be expanding into the chocolate business.

CATEGORY: ALL IN THE FAMILY

Gigi, Mohammed and Bella Hadid
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BELLA, GIGI AND MOHAMED HADID
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Mohamed Hadid has been a force in real estate development for over 30 years, earning the bulk of his net worth building mega-mansions and the hotels of the Ritz-Carlton chain through his company, Hadid Development. Last year, he developed the $195 million Beverly Hills manse Palazzo di Amore. His daughters, Gigi and Bella (their mother is his ex-wife, Yolanda of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame), are currently two of the biggest fashion models in the industry. Gigi is the newest face of Tommy Hilfiger and is also designing a capsule collection for the brand.

Chris Hemsworth
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Liam Hemsworth
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CHRIS AND LIAM HEMSWORTH
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
These two hunky Australian brothers have taken Hollywood by storm. Chris, the elder, has become an action hero with roles like Thor in The Avengers, Red Dawn, In the Heart of the Sea and Snow White and the Huntsman. Next up, the Tag Heuer spokesman will reprise his role as Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron. His younger brother Liam, in addition to starring in the popular Hunger Games franchise, is also the star of the upcoming Independence Day sequel, Resurgence.

Rashida and Quincy Jones
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RASHIDA AND QUINCY JONES
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Quincy Jones is an icon in the entertainment industry. The record producer, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, record company executive, humanitarian and jazz trumpeter has a career spanning six decades, a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and 27 Grammy wins, including a Grammy Legend Award. He has, quite deservedly, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His daughter, Rashida Jones, is not only an actress, appearing in shows like Parks and Recreation and films like I Love You, Man, but is also a comic book author, film producer and screenwriter. Jones, along with Will McCormack, was chosen to pen Pixar Animation’s upcoming Toy Story 4. She is now starring in the new TBS comedy series, Angie Tribeca.

The Kardashians
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THE KARDASHIANS
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie: these are the women who comprise America’s most famous family. After rising to fame on the E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the Kardashian-Jenner clan have become a brand themselves. Whether it’s launching her own jewelry line (Kris), co-creating the kids fashion line Kardashian Kids (Kourtney), creating one the world’s most popular games in the App Store (Kim), writing a New York Times best-selling book (Khloé), becoming one of the world’s most successful models (Kendall) or being named one of TIME magazine’s most influential teens (Kylie), these ladies have done it all. All we can say to this family is: kudos!

Greg and John Simonian
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GREG AND JOHN SIMONIAN
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
John Simonian is the most important man in the SoCal timepiece community. As the owner of four Westime boutiques, he carries a range of collectors’ dream pieces from the likes of Breitling and Audemars Piguet. He is also the CEO of Richard Mille Americas, the partner behind the Richard Mille boutiques in Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, Las Vegas and Aspen, as well as Audemars Piguet boutiques in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, and Hublot boutiques in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. As President of Westime, his son, Greg, oversees all operations for the Westime Group’s boutiques, as well as sales, marketing and philanthropic programs on a corporate level.

CATEGORY: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB

Steve Balmer
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STEVE BALLMER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
In 2014, Ballmer became the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after former owner Donald Sterling was asked to relinquish his claim to the team. He retired as the CEO of Microsoft, a position he had held for 14 years, in 2014, but remains the company’s largest individual shareholder. During his tenure at the company, Microsoft grew from almost nothing to a company that employed over 100,000 people, made almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States.

Donald Bren
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DONALD BREN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
As Irvine Company chairman, Donald Bren has been involved in California real estate as a planner, builder and long-term investor for more than 50 years. He has played a leading role in the master planning of Irvine, is a board member and life trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and California Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received the University of California Presidential Medal for his contributions to higher education. In 2014, Bren gave 2,500 acres of open space to the County of Orange. He is the country’s richest real estate developer.

Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine
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DR. DRE AND JIMMY IOVINE
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are now two of the richest men in music thanks to a deal they inked with Apple Inc. The music moguls have sold their wildly popular company, Beats by Dre headphones, to the tech giant to the tune of $3 billion. This is the latest coup in their careers. Dr. Dre—née Andre Romelle Young—founded Aftermath Entertainment and previously owned Death Row Records, while Iovine is responsible for co-founding Interscope Records. In 2015, Dr. Dre released a new album in conjunction with the smash hit Straight Out of Compton, and Iovine married model Liberty Ross.

LARRY ELLISON
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LARRY ELLISON
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Larry Ellison is haute in so many different ways that we might not be able to list them all. He made headlines after stepping down as CEO at Oracle, the company he founded in 1977, and stepping into the roles of executive chairman and chief technology officer. Ellison currently has his hands full renovating Lanai, the Hawaiian island he purchased in 2012. He’s also busy with his philanthropic interests, which include the Gates Foundation, among others. In his free time, he also backs America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA.

Stan Kroenke
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STAN KROENKE
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Three cheers for billionaire sports magnate E. Stanley “Stan” Kroenke, the man responsible for bringing the NFL
back to Los Angeles (his St. Louis Rams have now become the Los Angeles Rams). Kroenke is the owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. HeplacedtheNBA’sDenver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche in a family trust as a part of the move to Los Angeles, and he owns the MLS’ Colorado Rapids and the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. He is also the largest shareholder of the English football club Arsenal. He is married to Ann Walton Kroenke, the daughter of Walmart co-founder James “Bud” Walton.

Anthony Pritzker
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ANTHONY PRITZKER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Tony Pritzker is best known as the co-founder and managing partner of Pritzker Group, an investment firm comprised of three professional investment teams in the areas of middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management. The firm acquired three companies in the summer of 2015, including an aerosol manufacturer, a packaging maker and an environmental remediation company. For more than a decade, the heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune has been a driving force in the Los Angeles community, chairing UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and UCLA Centennial Campaign, as well as serving on the boards of The Hammer Museum, LACMA and Foster Care Counts.

Haim and Cheryl Shabam
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HAIM AND CHERYL SABAN
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Haim and Cheryl Saban are a power couple in every sense of the word. He is the chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc., the chairman of Univision, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and Chairman of The Saban Forum. She is a writer, Ph.D., psychologist,philanthropist,women’s rights activist, former U.N. representative and owner of Cheryl Saban Designs, West Hollywood’s unique boutique Shop on Nemo Street. Together, they started the Saban Family Foundation, which supports medical, children’s and educational programs in the United States and to address unmet societal needs in Israel.

PATRICK SOON-SHIONG

PATRICK SOON-SHIONG
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Patrick Soon-Shiong is attempting to revolutionize the field of healthcare through his company, NantWorks. In July of 2015, the healthcare software firm Allscripts Healthcare Solutions invested $200 million into his Nant Health, one of Nant Works’ ten subsidiaries; it is now valued at $2 billion. The surgeon, businessman and entrepreneur is also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. With an estimated worth of $14.5 billion, he is said to be the richest man in Los Angeles—which is no easy feat with such a surplus of wealth in the City of Angels.

CATEGORY: COMEDIC RELIEF

James Corden
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JAMES CORDEN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
British comedian James Corden has been making waves in L.A. since succeeding Craig Ferguson as the host of the late-night television show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS in 2015. Corden is so much more than a TV host, the renaissance man is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, and an acclaimed host, writer, and producer in several genres of television. This year he will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

Seth Rogen
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SETH ROGEN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Everyone knows that Seth Rogen is a hilarious actor—you need only see him in films like Superbad and Knocked Up to know it. The Canadian star, who got his start in Judd Apatow’s short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks as well as writing for Da Ali G. Show, has also written a plethora of films such as Pineapple Express and This is the End; he even directed the latter, along with 2015’s The Interview. With his wife, Lauren Miller-Rogen, the funnyman is responsible for co-creating Hilarity for Charity, an organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s research.

Will Ferrell
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WILL FERRELL
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Since appearing on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1990s, Will Ferrell has done nothing but make others laugh in films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, Elf and Old School. The funnyman is also an Emmy winner for his work on SNL, and earned two Golden Globe nominations for his work in The Producers and Stranger Than Fiction. Ferrell is so much more than funny, too: he is the co-founder of the streaming video website “Funny or Die,” founder of the Cancer for College charity and the new co-owner of the Los Angeles Football Club. He received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2015.

Kevin Hart
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KEVIN HART
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Kevin Hart makes it his business to make you laugh. The actor, comedian, writer and producer is hilarious—a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood heavyweights. After starting a successful career in standup, he released several comedy albums, including “Seriously Funny” in 2010 and “Laugh at My Pain” in 2011. He has also appeared in successful films like Think Like a Man, Ride Along, About Last Night and Little Fockers. In early 2016, he’ll release two films: Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson, and Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube.

Amy Schumer
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AMY SCHUMER
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Let’s just call 2015 what it was: the year of Amy Schumer. The stand-up comedian, writer, actress and producer responsible for creating the five-time Emmy nominated sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer became America’s ‘It’ girl this year after starring in the comedy Trainwreck, for which she received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. She is currently writing a script with new pal Jennifer Lawrence.

CATEGORY: THE DIRECTORS

Kathryn Bigelow
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KATHRYN BIGELOW
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Kathryn Bigelow is a trailblazer. She is the first woman ever to win a Best Director Oscar (she did so in 2010 for the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker). Her directorial follow-up was the equally provocative Zero Dark Thirty, which earned Bigelow an Oscar nomination as a producer. She is currently working
on another project with her Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal. Additionally, this ground breaker also sits on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.

Ava Duvernay
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AVA DUVERNAY
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Ava DuVernay is one of the most prolific female directors in the entertainment industry. Her 2014 film Selma was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, while her 2012 dramatic feature Middle of Nowhere earned her the Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award. The industry vet, who worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years before directing her first film, the 2008 hip hop documentary This Is the Life, is also the founder of ARRAY, a community-based distribution collective dedicated to the amplification of films directed by women and people of color. She sits on the board of both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute.

Ron Howard
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RON HOWARD
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Who isn’t wowed by the great Ron Howard? The director is responsible for directing Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Parenthood and A Beautiful Mind, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture in 2001. He is the co-founder of Imagine Entertainment with pal Brian Grazer, and the producer and narrator of the beloved Fox/Netflix comedy series Arrested Development. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the worlds of film and television, and even has an asteroid—Asteroid 12561 Howard— named after him.

ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU
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ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
At the moment, there’s no man who’s more of a sure thing in Hollywood than Alejandro González Iñárritu. He has directed six feature films, including Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant, which have garnered him accolades including three Academy Award wins for Birdman in 2015. The Revenant has dominated the Oscar race again this year, leading the pack with 12 nominations including the win for Best Director. Iñárritu is also the first Mexican director to win the Directors Guild of America Award, the Academy Award for Best Director and the Prix de la mise en scene at the Cannes Film Festival.

Brett Ratner
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BRETT RATNER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Brett Ratner is taking Hollywood by storm. The film director, producer, music video director and photographer best known for movies like Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand and Tower Heist, formed RatPac with billionaire James Packer with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. in addition to forming RatPacDune Entertainment with financier Steven Mnuchin and co-financing Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate of films. In 2016, he’ll release True Crimes, a crime drama starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Ratner is also an accomplished photographer.

QUENTIN TARANTINO
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QUENTIN TARANTINO
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Quentin Tarantino made headlines in 2014 when he said that his tenth film, the spaghetti-western The Hateful Eight, will be his final film so that he can focus on writing novels and film literature. It remains to be seen if this shocking statement rings true for the two-time Academy Award winner, two-time BAFTA Award winner, two-time Golden Globe winner and Palme d’Or holder who is responsible for some of the most non-linear films of our time including Inglorious Bastards, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Regardless of what he decides to do, we know he’ll still remain in film as he’s the owner of Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema.

CATEGORY: THE HITMAKERS

Taylor Swift
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TAYLOR SWIFT
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Thanks to Taylor Swift, the world, en masse, began using the term ‘squad’ to refer to their group of friends in 2015. Such is her power. With a group of pals that includes everyone from Selena Gomez to Blake Shelton to Emma Stone to Lena Dunham, it seems as if the country-pop crossover star has made almost every famous face on the planet her friend. Her likability isn’t her only defining characteristic, of course: she has ten Grammy Awards, an Emmy, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 19 American Music Awards and nine Country Music Association Awards to keep her warm at night.

Gwen Stefani
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GWEN STEFANI
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Gwen Stefani is the woman who can do it all. She started off as the frontwoman of the massively popular band No Doubt, before embarking on a successful solo career. She has won almost 50 awards, including three Grammys. In 2003, she debuted the high-end fashion line L.A.M.B. and expanded the collection with her Harajuku Lovers and GX lines. Her empire also includes a range of fragrances. Additionally, she is a judge and music mentor on NBC’s The Voice.

Lady Gaga
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LADY GAGA
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Lady Gaga—née Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta— has undeniable star power. She is one of the best-selling singers of all time, currently holding six Grammy Awards and the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award (she was the first artist ever to win); she even has an Oscar nomination for Best Song. She’s also prominent in the world of fashion, which is proven thanks to the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award she received from the Council of Fashion Designs of America in 2011. In 2016, she won her first-ever Golden Globe for acting in Ryan Murphy’s FX series, American Horror Story: Hotel. In 2012, she launched the non-profit Born This Way Foundation.

David Foster
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DAVID FOSTER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
David Foster is a tour de force in the music community. The Verve Music Group chairman is a 16-time Grammy winning producer, composer, songwriter and arranger who has produced records for just about every major musician from Whitney Houston, Seal, Chicago, Barbara Streisand and Jennifer Lopez to Madonna, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles. He spent the last year working on the just-released We Love Disney compilation album featuring Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani and Ne-Yo and this year will produce albums from Jordan Smith and Carla Bruni.

elton john
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ELTON JOHN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Elton John is more than a musical icon. He is a leader, a trailblazer and a philanthropist. With a career that has spanned five decades, he’s sold over 300 million albums, making him one of the top-selling artists in the world. He is, naturally, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as well as a six-time Grammy winner, and has even received knighthood status from Queen Elizabeth II for his commitment to charity. Speaking of which, since its inception in 1992, his Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $350 million for HIV prevention, treatment and advocacy programs across the globe.

CATEGORY: THE JACKS-OF-ALL TRADES

Judd Apatow
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JUDD APATOW
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Judd Apatow is taking over Hollywood, one comedy at a time. The man responsible for Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, Superbad and Pineapple Express is currently developing projects though his film company, Apatow Productions. The triple threat director, producer and writer will release PeeWee’s Big Holiday with Joe Manganiello for Netflix, Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island feature film and a new HBO comedy starring comedian Pete Holmes.

JJ Abrams
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J.J. ABRAMS
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
J.J. Abrams is responsible for the third highest-grossing film of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which he also directed and co-wrote). The writer, director, producer and composer is also responsible for TV shows such as Felicity, Alias and Lost, the last of which earned him two Emmy Awards. He is currently spending his time working on franchise follow-ups including Star Trek Beyond and Star Wars Episode VIII.

George Clooney
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GEORGE CLOONEY
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
George Clooney is the hautest of the haute. The eight-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner isn’t just a triple-threat actor, director, writer and producer— he’s also an A-list humanitarian, having founded the organization Not On Our Watch—and who also actively fights for human rights in Sudan, among other causes. He is also the co-founder of Casamigos tequila alongside business partners Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman.

James Franco
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JAMES FRANCO
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
James Franco is the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. He has written a plethora of books, directed and produced a variety of films, has his own web series and even inked a recording deal with his band, Daddy. He has taught college classes while simultaneously earning a variety of degrees. He is an artist, a poet and a philanthropist. Did we mention that he’s also a Golden Globe Award winner and an Oscar nominee?

Ryan Murphy
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RYAN MURPHY
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Ryan Murphy has created three of the most popular series on television, including Nip/Tuck, Glee and American Horror Story. The two-time Emmy winning screenwriter, director and producer recently released the mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson. In October of 2015, Murphy, who is also an activist, received the Award of Inspiration from the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Kevin Spacey
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KEVIN SPACEY
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Kevin Spacey is a Julliard-trained actor, director, producer and comedian as well as a two-
time Academy Award winner responsible for helming London’s Old Vic theatre as its artistic director from 2004 until 2015. He has decided to focus on other pursuits including teaching (the online Masterclass) and will step into his new role as the chairman of Relativity Studios. He also finds time to star on House of Cards, the Netflix series that has earned him a Golden Globe as well as two consecutive SAG Awards.

Wolfgang Puck
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WOLFGANG PUCK
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
The Austrian-born restaurateur and chef has built a culinary em- pire that extends across the globe. His Los Angeles eateries alone are institutions, including his fêted Beverly Hills eatery, Spago, as well as WP24 and Cut. Puck has also penned seven cookbooks, appeared on a variety of cooking shows such as Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters, has catered the Academy Awards’ post- dinner, The Governors Ball, for over 20 years. He is also active in philanthropic endeavors and was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ryan Seacrest
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RYAN SEACREST
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Ryan Seacrest is hands-down the hardest-working man in Hollywood thanks to his American Idol hosting duties; his syndicated radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest”; and his work producing shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians through his own Ryan Seacrest Productions. He has also launched his first fashion line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, and is an investor in media and technology companies like Pinterest. Somehow he still finds time for phlanthropy through his Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Sean Penn

SEAN PENN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Sean Penn is much more than an actor. The two-time Oscar winner (Mystic River and Milk) is also a director and producer of films such as Into the Wild. Though entertainment is in his blood—he directed Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem in the upcoming drama The Last Face—his focus is predominantly on his J/P Haitian Relief Organization. For his philanthropic efforts, Penn was named Ambassador at Large for Haiti and was also presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Steve Tisch
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STEVE TISCH
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Steve Tisch is an anomaly. The film and television producer, philanthropist and businessman is also the chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants, the NFL team co- owned by his family. He is the only person in the history of the world with an Oscar (for Forrest Gump) and a Super Bowl ring. Tisch splits his time between New York and Beverly Hills, where he is a partner in Escape Artists.

CATEGORY: THE LEADING LADIES

jennifer aniston
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JENNIFER ANISTON
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Jennifer Aniston is one of the most recognized faces on the planet thanks to her ‘90s-era sitcom, Friends, as well as a string of feel good romantic comedies, one of which she’ll replicate this year in Gary Marshall’s Mother’s Day, as well as the films Yellow Birds and Office Holiday Party. Aniston, who married Justin Theroux in 2015, is also the co-founder of production company Echo Films, as well as the hair care line Living Proof. She is currently the face of Smart Water and Aveeno.

jessica chastain
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JESSICA CHASTAIN
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Jessica Chastain is red hot—and we’re not talking about her hair. This two-time Academy Award nominee (for The Help in 2011 and Zero Dark Thirty in 2012) is one to beat. The Piaget spokesperson and upcoming star of The Huntsman sequel, Winter’s War, also teamed up with Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Hardwicke this year to launch the production company We Do It Together, with programming by and about women.

VIOLA DAVIS
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VIOLA DAVIS
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Viola Davis is a Tony Award winning actress who also accomplished a ground-breaking feat in 2015 when she became the first African American woman, as well as the first black woman of any nationality, to win the Emmy Award for best actress for her role in the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder. The role also won her a SAG Award. Next up: a pivotal role in the highly anticipated action film Suicide Squad.

TARAJI P. HENSON
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TARAJI P. HENSON
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Taraji P. Henson is one of the hottest tickets on television, which is abundantly clear to everyone, as the star won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama this year for her role as Cookie Lyon in the Fox show, Empire. The actress, who is an active supporter of PETA, also won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in the role, as well as earning an Emmy nomination. This year, she’ll also appear on the big screen in the crime drama Term Life with Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Hailee Steinfeld.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE
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JENNIFER LAWRENCE
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Jennifer Lawrence is, hands down, America’s sweetheart. The world is her oyster. Given the fact that she has already won one of four Oscar nominations over the span of five years, including her most recent role as Joy Mangano in David O. Russell’s drama, Joy, and has starred in two of the biggest movie franchises around (The Hunger Games and X-Men), she clearly has a winning formula. She is currently filming the sci-fi/adventure film Passengers with ‘It’ man Chris Pratt. It’s easy to see why J-Law, who is also the face of Dior, has discovered the secret recipe for success.

MERYL STREEP
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MERYL STREEP
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Meryl Streep might just be the greatest living actress today. You only need to look at the variety of her roles and the sheer number of accolades she has to see the truth of that statement. She has been nominated for 19 Academy Awards total—starting with the 1979 film, The Deer Hunter—and has won three for her work in The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. Streep has more nominations than any other actor in the history of the Oscars and The Golden Globes.

CATEGORY: THE LEADING MEN

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BEN AFFLECK
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
As a two-time Oscar winner and three- time Golden Globe winner, Ben Affleck naturally has the cream of the crop when it comes to Hollywood projects, which would explain his recent turn in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ben isn’t just focused on making, directing, writing and producing films, however; a major part of his life is his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, an organization he founded in 2010 in support of the people of eastern Congo.

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BRADLEY COOPER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
It’s hard to believe that Bradley Cooper wasn’t always a leading man (though we still fondly remember his unrequited love for Jennifer Garner in Alias). The four-time Academy Award nominee (three for acting and one for producing) and Tony nominee has had a massive last few years thanks to roles in David O. Russell films like American Hustle, Joy and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2016, he’ll focus on producing: he and Todd Phillips, his director in The Hangover, signed a three- year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. in 2014; they will release the film War Dogs this summer.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO
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LEONARDO DICAPRIO
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t just an A-list actor—this six-time Oscar nominee who finally picked up his first Oscar this year for The Revenant is also a man who is tirelessly committed to creating change. Some of the work he’s done through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation include a $2 million grant to Oceans 5 and a $3 million grant to Oceana, as well as a $1 million donation to the Elephant Crisis Fund. But a guy’s got to have a little fun in his life too—the 41-year-old actor has teamed up with Venturi Automobiles to launch a Formula E racing team.

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY
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MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
If you’re not already involved with the McConaissance, you really should be. After taking home his first Academy Award for The Dallas Buyers Club (as well as virtually every other major award of 2014, the Texan star also appeared in the most-buzzed-about series of the year, HBO’s True Detective—and received an Emmy nod for it, to boot. To top it all off, McConaughey gives back through his just keep livin Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to empowering high school students to make healthy life choices.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
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ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Robert Downey Jr. consistently tops Hollywood’s hot list of the highest-grossing actors. He’s now starred in three films that have grossed over $1 billion apiece: The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3. The two-time Oscar nominee
is going for a fourth billion this year when he reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. The generous movie star supports charities such as March of Dimes and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.

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CLIVE OWEN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Clive Owen is one of those rare actors that just screams ‘star.’ In addition to starring on the successful Cinemax series The Knick since 2014, the British actor is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG winner as well as an Academy Award and Emmy nominee. Last year, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art alum made his Broadway debut. He is currently a face of Swiss watch brand Jaeger- LeCoultre.

CHRIS PRATT
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CHRIS PRATT
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Whatever ‘it’ is, Chris Pratt has it. Thanks to roles in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and the fourth Jurassic Park franchise film, Jurassic World (the fourth highest-grossing film of all time), Pratt morphed from funny man to leading man. He will join Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in the western The Magnificent Seven and in the sci-fi adventure film Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence. The former Parks and Recreation star is also focusing on his role as dad: he and his wife, actress Anna Faris, have a son, Jack, together.

eDDIE REDMAYNE
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EDDIE REDMAYNE
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Eddie Redmayne makes acting look effortless. The British actor has been nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award two years in a row for his roles as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (the part that won him his first Oscar) and in 2015’s The Danish Girl. He is also an accomplished stage actor; his role in 2010’s Broadway show, Red, won him that year’s Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor. In 2015, the British thespian was awarded an OBE for services to drama and also became the newest face of Omega watches.

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DENZEL WASHINGTON
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Denzel Washington, the man who’s earned two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and a Tony, also earned the highest honor possible in 2016 when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association granted him its Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Annual Golden Globes. Additionally, the successful star was named an artistic director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts last year alongside Broadway’s Patti LuPone.

CATEGORY: LIKE A BOSS

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MARK BURNETT
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Mark Burnett is responsible for some of the most popular reality series on your TV screen, including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank and the People’s Choice Awards. The television producer and President of the MGM Television and Digital Group has won eight Emmy Awards, three PGA Awards, five Critics’ Choice Awards and six People’s Choice Awards; his projects have garnered a total of 112 Emmy nominations. It’s no wonder that he has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is currently working on producing the epic feature film Ben-Hur, a reimagining of the classic story with MGM Films and Paramount Pictures.

BOB IGER
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BOB IGER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Bob Iger is chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, which means he’s in the business of making dreams come true. During his tenure, Disney has acquired Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Iger sits on the boards of Apple, the U.S. China Business Council and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He is also a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy and was personally appointed to the President’s Export Council by President Barack Obama in 2010. Iger has embraced new technology to make Disney an industry leader through creative content offerings across new platforms. Iger was also recognized for his philanthropic efforts by Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation Institute with its highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award, among other accolades.

JIM GIANOPULOS
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JIM GIANOPULOS
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Jim Gianopulos, the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox, is one of the longest-tenured studio chairmen in the film industry. During his time helming Fox, the studio has experienced its most profitable years: in 2014, it became the first studio to cross the $3 billion mark in worldwide box office revenue. Gianopulos is also a member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors and is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. He is involved in a number of philanthropic activities, including serving on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League and on the Board of the X-Prize Foundation.

KEVIN FEIGE
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KEVIN FEIGE
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
As the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige is the producer responsible for making some of the world’s most beloved comic book characters come to life—for a combined worldwide box office gross of nearly $9.1 billion, that is. A few of the recent films you know and love include Marvel’s The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, as well as the film franchises Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. He is currently producing Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, which will be released this year; as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnorok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel.

ALAN F. HORN
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ALAN F. HORN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
As chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan F. Horn is responsible for worldwide operations of the studio, including the production, distribution and marketing of live-action and animated films by Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Under Alan’s eye, the studio is coming off its biggest year on record with such massive hits as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned over $2 billion worldwide, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella. Basically, the Castle Rock Entertainment co-founder is a busy guy. Along with his wife, Cindy, the entertainment chief co-founded the Environmental Media Association.

BRYAN LOURD
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BRYAN LOURD
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Bryan Lourd is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood: the man can literally make or break a career given that he has served as partner, managing director and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) since 1995. His impressive roster of clients includes Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, George Clooney, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Sean Penn. Lourd also serves on LACMA’s Board of Trustees and as director of InterActive Corp., an online media company helmed by Barry Diller. He is also involved in several charitable organizations including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, AFI and J/P HRO.

RONALD MEYER
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RONALD MEYER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Ron Meyer continues to be a powerful force at NBCUniversal. As vice chairman, he provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the company, including its film and television assets as well as its global theme parks. Prior to taking on his current role in 2013, Meyer served as president and COO of Universal Studios, where he was the longest-serving chief of a major motion picture company in the entire history of Hollywood. He is equally as well known, however, for co-founding the talent-heavy behemoth that is the Creative Artists Agency in 1975.

LESLIE MOONVES
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LESLIE MOONVES
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
As the Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, one of the world’s leading media enterprises, Leslie Moonves is in a prime position of power. In this role, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and oversees all operations of the Company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films, CBS Interactive, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. Under his direction, the CBS Television Network has been ranked number one in viewers for 13 of the last 14 years, and currently has television’s top drama, NCIS; top comedy, The Big Bang Theory; number one news program, 60 Minutes; as well as time period-leading shows on virtually every night of the week.

KEVIN TSUJIHARA
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KEVIN TSUJIHARA
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Kevin Tsujihara, a 22-year studio vet, became CEO of Warner Bros. in 2013, and has been overseeing worldwide operations and marketing and distribution for one of the most innovative and successful entertainment companies in the world ever since. Under Tsujihara’s leadership, Warner Bros. has earned millions for big budget films like Godzilla, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Edge of Tomorrow and The Lego Movie. In addition to his professional commitments, Tsujihara sits on the Boards of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the AFI and the MPTF Foundation Board of Governors. He is a member of AMPAS, BAFTA and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN
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HARVEY WEINSTEIN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Harvey Weinstein first launched Miramax—an independent film distribution company—with his brother, Bob, in 1979. The two left in 2005 to launch a new production company: The Weinstein Company. Under their leadership, the brothers have accumulated 341 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards. Harvey, 63, is a true power player in every sense of the word. He has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to film, as well as a Chevalier of the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Consulate. He also serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a non- profit which seeks to end poverty.

CATEGORY: THE REAL (ESTATE) DEALS

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RICK CARUSO
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Rick Caruso is hard at work making Los Angeles more recognizable as a cultural destination, with existing developments like The Grove, The Americana at Brand, The Commons at Calabasas and The Waterside in Marina del Rey. The Caruso Affiliated chief is also making the Las Vegas Strip a more family-friendly place thanks to his development, The Linq, and plans on redeveloping Montecito’s Miramar Beach Hotel as well as Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades. Caruso is also giving: he works with a plethora of charities through his Caruso Family Foundation.

Frank Gehry
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FRANK GEHRY
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Frank Gehry wants to make the world a more beautiful place, which is why he’s arguably the most important architect of our time. It’s certainly fact that a number of his buildings have become world-renowned attractions such as the Guggenheim Museum in Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris; Experience Music Project in Seattle and Dancing House in Prague. He is also designing the future National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Last year, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect was awarded the third annual J. Paul Getty Medal by the J. Paul Getty Trust.

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JEFF HYLAND AND RICK HILTON
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland are founders of the Beverly Hills luxury real estate firm Hilton & Hyland. Chairman Hilton is responsible for developments like the Brentwood Country Estates and both sides of the sale of Aaron and Candy Spelling’s $85 million mansion, The Manor, to Petra Ecclestone Stunt. President Hyland is the founding member of Christie’s International Real Estates and currently sits on the organization’s advisory board; he is also a renowned architectural historian and author.

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FRANK SYMONS
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Frank Symons is a real estate leader. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Western Region at Sotheby’s International Realty. Frank has over 30 years of real estate experience, having owned and operated his own his firm, and in 1995 he opened the Western Region headquarters of Sotheby’s International Realty which has since expanded to 27 offices operating from Santa Fe to San Francisco. He is a member of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Board of Realtors, and was also named the Board’s Realtor of the Year.

CATEGORY: THE PHILANTHROPISTS

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WALLIS ANNENBERG
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Wallis Annenberg is a major player in Los Angeles’ arts community, opening the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Universally Accessible Treehouse project in Torrance. She helped to create the Annenberg Community Beach House and Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in the former Beverly Hills Post Office space in 2013. She also serves as the Chairman of the Board, as well as President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. Additionally, she is the longest serving trustee at USC and serves on numerous boards including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and LACMA; she is an emeritus of the California Science Center board.

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LORI AND MICHAEL MILKEN
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Michael and Lori Milken are two of the most renowned philanthropists in Los Angeles. Over four decades, they have created a range of charitable organizations that have provided more than $1 billion of support for medical research, education and public health. Such programs as the Milken Educator Awards, Milken Scholars, FasterCures and the Milken Institute School of Public Health have benefitted. Beginning in 1969, Mike financed thousands of companies that created millions of jobs; and Lori is prominent as publisher of Delphinium Books and board member of the Los Angeles Ballet, UNICEF and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

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ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
2015 was a huge year for perpetual philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Their highly touted, $140 million free-for-all general admission art museum, The Broad, finally opened its doors downtown in the fall. The couple, who celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in December, have committed themselves entirely to the art of giving after creating two Fortune 500 companies, Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation and SunAmerica. The Broad Foundations—which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation—have assets of over $3 billion. Additionally, Eli is the founding chairman and life trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and a life trustee of LACMA, the California Institute of Technology and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE Wallis Annenberg is a major player in Los Angeles’ arts community, opening the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Universally Accessible Treehouse project in Torrance. She helped to create the Annenberg Community Beach House and Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in the former Beverly Hills Post Office space in 2013. She also serves as the Chairman of the Board, as well as President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. Additionally, she is the longest serving trustee at USC and serves on numerous boards including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and LACMA; she is an emeritus of the California Science Center board. LORI AND MICHAEL MILKEN WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE Michael and Lori Milken are two of the most renowned philanthropists in Los Angeles. Over four decades, they have created a range of charitable organizations that have provided more than $1 billion of support for medical research, education and public health. Such programs as the Milken Educator Awards, Milken Scholars, FasterCures and the Milken Institute School of Public Health have benefitted. Beginning in 1969, Mike financed thousands of companies that created millions of jobs; and Lori is prominent as publisher of Delphinium Books and board member of the Los Angeles Ballet, UNICEF and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE EARVIN “MAGIC” AND COOKIE JOHNSON
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EARVIN “MAGIC” AND COOKIE JOHNSON
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
NBA great Earvin Johnson continued—and continues— to make “magic” long after he retired from the NBA. He now runs Magic Johnson Enterprises and co-owns the L.A. Dodgers, Los Angeles Football Club and Los Angeles Sparks. He and wife Cookie—the founder of the high- end denim brand C.J. by Cookie Johnson—founded the Magic Johnson Foundation, which works to develop programs that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse urban communities. MJF has three strategic priorities: HIV/AIDS, scholarship and community empowerment centers.

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DAVID GEFFEN
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
David Geffen is a master innovator. He founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg (though he is no longer involved in the company) and also started Asylum Records, Geffen Records, Geffen Films and the David Geffen Company. Because of his generosity to the Westwood Playhouse and the School of Medicine at UCLA, said institutions were renamed in his honor. In 2015, Geffen pledged $100 million toward the renovation of what was then Avery Fisher Hall, part of New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Earlier this year he entered into an agreement with UCLA to fund an innovative college preparatory school on the campus.

CATEGORY: POWER COUPLES

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CASSANDRA AND BRAD GREY
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Brad Grey has done great things at Paramount since becoming chairman and CEO of the company in 2005. He is responsible for all feature film development and production for the Paramount Motion Picture Group, which includes Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Animation, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. He has also produced the Academy Award winning film The Departed, among others, as well as popular series like The Sopranos. He is a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA and Emmy Award-winner, as well as a four-time recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. His wife, Cassandra, is the powerhouse behind Violet Grey, the industry’s high-end ‘beauty edit,’ which is beloved by celebrities far and wide.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
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BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
The couple that is Brangelina—a.k.a. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt—are powerful because they’re just as philanthropic as they are successful. The two came together onscreen in 2015 for the first time since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith in By the Sea. She is currently writing and directing the film First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. He will appear in the dramedy War Machine and act as producer of The Lost City of Z and Moonlight through his Plan B production company. She founded the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. He is the founder of Make it Right. To top it off, they also started their own wine label. Are these two perfect, or what?

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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JESSICA BIEL AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake might just be one of the most beautiful couples on the planet—inside and out. The two were recently jointly honored by GLSEN for the impact they have on the lives of LGBT youth. He is both a Grammy winning-musician, successful actor and entrepreneur: he founded the William Rast clothing line, opened several restaurants, has a tequila line and purchased MySpace in 2011. She is one of the most sought-after actresses on the planet who is also opening her first restaurant this March: the high-end, Hollywood children’s concept, Au Fudge.

Beyonce and Jay Z
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BEYONCÉ KNOWLES CARTER AND SHAWN ‘JAY-Z’ CARTER
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Beyoncé Knowles and Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter have put down tentative roots in the City of Angels, where they have been renting a variety of pads for the past year. She is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time (and currently has 20 Grammys to show for it), as is he. Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, founded Roc Nation, launched the successful “Made In America” festival, is the majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs and has acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac. In 2013 Mr. Carter launched Roc Nation Sports. In 2015, he invested in global streaming service, TIDAL. He continues his philanthropic work through Shawn Carter Foundation.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
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WILL AND JADA PINKETT SMITH
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are household names. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, most recently for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for his role as Dr. Bennett Omalu in the football drama Concussion, as well as two Academy Awards; he has won four Grammys. Meanwhile, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, has enjoyed success thanks to shows like Gotham and films like The Matrix and Magic Mike XXL. Together, the couple founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, a charity that focuses on inner city youth. They also co-own the Philadelphia 76ers.

SOFIA VERGARA AND JOE MANGANIELLO
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SOFIA VERGARA AND JOE MANGANIELLO
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Everything Sofia Vergara does looks effortless, relaxed and glamorous.
In addition to starring on one of the hottest shows on television, ABC’s Modern Family, the multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild- nominated Colombian actress has two of her own fragrances, co-founded Latin World Entertainment, designs furniture for Rooms2Go and announced a partnership with SharkNinja. In 2015, the CoverGirl ambassador wed Magic Mike XXL star Joe Manganiello, who, in addition to acting, is also a published author, helms the production company 3:59 Inc. and works with many charities including Art of Elysium.

EVA AND MICHAEL CHOW
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EVA AND MICHAEL CHOW
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE
Michael Chow is the brains behind MR CHOW, an international chain of high-end Chinese eateries. His wife, Eva, a former fashion designer, is the beauty who overseas the brands designs, operations and expansions with her husband. Not only collectors of art deco furniture and contemporary art, among other things, both Michael and Eva contribute to the arts. Michael is an artist who currently has a solo exhibition, Voice For My Father,
at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Eva sits on the board at LACMA. She, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, chairs the museum’s glamorous annual Art + Film gala.

CATEGORY: THE VISIONARIES

James Cameron
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JAMES CAMERON
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
James Cameron is the man responsible for the top two highest-grossing films of all time, Avatar and Titanic, which makes him a force
to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He has announced plans to release three sequels to his highest grosser, Avatar, as well as a long-term $400 million agreement to bring Avatar-themed lands to Walt Disney World. Cameron, a true environmentalist, is also a huge supporter of Global Green USA, an organization that fosters a global shift toward a sustainable future. In a fitting fashion, the three-time Academy Award winner has also been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Brian Grazer
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BRIAN GRAZER
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
In 1986, Brian Grazer and his pal Ron Howard created Imagine Entertainment, though, in hindsight, it might have been called ‘Curious Entertainment’ in light of the fact that this super- producer has engaged in what he calls “curiosity conversations” throughout his career with some of the most prolific people in the world (which were the basis for his 2015 New York Times bestselling book “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life”). Through his film and television production company, Grazer has produced several hit films such as American Gangster and 8 Mile, as well as television series such as Empire, Arrested Development, 24 and Parenthood. Along with Howard, Grazer took home the 2002 Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind; they were additionally nominated for Frost/Nixon and Apollo 13, and Grazer was also nominated for Splash for Original Screenplay.

Reed Hastings
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REED HASTINGS
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Reed Hastings is responsible for revolutionizing the way television shows and movies are viewed. The co-founder and CEO of Netflix has a winner in his Internet streaming media company, which has provided viewers with Emmy Award-winning original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. In addition to revolutionizing the television industry, Hastings serves on the board at Facebook. He’s also an active educational philanthropist and sits on the board of several educational organizations, including California Charter Schools Association, DreamBox Learning, KIPP, Pahara and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

JEFFREY KATZENBERG
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JEFFREY KATZENBERG
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Under Jeffrey Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation SKG—the company he founded with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen—has become one of the largest and most successful animation studios in the world, earning nine Academy Award nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature. Katzenberg, the company’s CEO, co-founder and director, is also a renowned philanthropist, who was even awarded the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2013 as a result.

Elon Musk
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ELON MUSK
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Elon Musk’s middle name should be “innovation.” He is the founder of groundbreaking brands such as SpaceX, Paypal, Tesla Motors
and Zip2. He also holds positions as chairman of SolarCity and co- chairman of OpenAl. Speaking of innovation, the South African born creator has laid out a proposal for the Hyperloop, a conceptual high- speed transportation system that will change the face of travel if his proposal goes forward. He has also proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion.

Robert Redford
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ROBERT REDFORD
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Robert Redford is a legend for so, so many reasons. The man who has been called the “Godfather of Indie Film” is responsible for founding
the highly lauded Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He is a multiple Academy Award nominee, taking home the Best Director Oscar in 1980 for the drama Ordinary People. He has also been awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d’Honneur. Through his Redford Center, he is committed to transforming social and environmental issues into films that inspire positive change.

Steven Spielberg
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STEVEN SPIELBERG
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE
Steven Spielberg is one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, wearing the hat of top-grossing filmmaker of all time thanks to blockbusters such as Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The Amblin Partners Chairman is also a three-time Academy Award winner for the films Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg has also devoted his time and resources to many philanthropic causes including the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and The Righteous Persons Foundation.

CATEGORY: WONDER WOMEN

Jessica Alba
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JESSICA ALBA
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Jessica Alba wants to make the world a more beautiful place. After getting her start as an actress, the Pomona-born beauty turned entrepreneur and founded The Honest Company, her line of non- toxic, family-friendly products. In 2015, she then launched a subsidiary company in Honest Beauty, a comprehensive line of makeup and skincare products. The Golden Globe nominee also supports a variety of non-profits, including Baby2Baby.

Ellen Degeneres
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ELLEN DEGENERES
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Ellen DeGeneres has made a career out of making others feel good. In addition to her daily talk show, DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards and Primetime Emmys, as well as winning a plethora of awards herself including 29 Emmys. She has authored four books, and most recently launched her lifestyle brand, ED. She is also an active humanitarian.

Kathleen Kennedy
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KATHLEEN KENNEDY
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
George Lucas trusts in Kathleen Kennedy, which is why he personally appointed her to
run the company that he built from scratch, Lucasfilm, in 2012. Histrustwasrootedin her experience: The company’s now-president is an eight-time Academy Award nominee who has produced over 60 films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor released the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens last year.

Donna Langley
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DONNA LANGLEY
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Donna Langley is a power woman indeed. As the Chairman of Universal Pictures, she oversees all aspects of Universal’s production, marketing and distributionoperations worldwide. In 2015, she helped the company break records, marking the highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any film studio’s history. She serves on Vital Voices Board of Directors and on the board of Chrysalis.

Eva Longoria

EVA LONGORIA
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Eva Longoria is truly a wonder woman. She produces shows like Telenovela (which she also stars on) and Lifetime’s Devious Maids as well as films like John Wick. Longoria is founder of The Eva Longoria Foundation, Eva’s Heroes, and is the national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer. She owns BESO Hollywood, the production company Unbelievable Entertainment and is a New York Times best-selling author.

GWYNETH PALTROW
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GWYNETH PALTROW
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Though she’s won an Academy Award, for the last year Gwyneth Paltrow has focused primarily on health, wellness and her lifestyle website, Goop. The digital media and e-commerce site has successfully launched an organic skincare collaboration with Juice Beauty; she is also the face of Juice Beauty’s makeup line. In addition to her successful acting career, Paltrow is accomplished across the board in all artistic endeavors: in 2009, she received a Grammy nomination and has also written several books.

SHONDA RHIMES
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SHONDA RHIMES
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Welcome to Shondaland—a world created by showrunner Shonda Rhimes that everyone wants to live in. Rhimes is a screenwriter and producer best known as the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and the political thriller series Scandal. Her most recent smash sensation is How to Get Away with Murder. Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the arrival of her newest series, The Catch. Seriously, it’s no surprise that Rhimes’ production company is called Shondaland: after all, it is her world…we’re just living in it (and watching it).

JESSICA SIMPSON

JESSICA SIMPSON
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
Jessica Simpson is one of the most successful fashion entrepreneurs in the world. The singer, actress and designer is the woman behind the international, billion dollar enterprise known as The Jessica Simpson Collection: 33 categories that include footwear, apparel, fragrance, fashion accessories, maternity apparel, girls’ clothing and accessories. Beyond that, the Texas-born entrepreneur has recorded seven studio albums (three of which have gone gold), starred on several reality series and appeared in several films. She has lent her time and support to philanthropic efforts including Operation Smile.

OPRAH WINFREY
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OPRAH WINFREY
WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE
What can we even say that hasn’t been said about “The Queen of All Media?” Ms. Winfrey, an actress, magazine magnate, producer and philanthropist is best known for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Beyond that, she’s been ranked as one of the wealthiest African-Americans of the 20th Century—to date, she has given away more than $400 million to educational causes. The media leader is Chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and Harpo Films. She has her own website, Oprah.com and has published five books.

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