Name:

Denise Hale

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Year:

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What makes them haute:

Hale is undoubtedly one of the grande dames of San Francisco society. In fact, she may have taught today’s charity circuit queens a thing or two about how to rule. Ann Getty, Nancy Pelosi and Michael Tilson Thomas are among her friends, while her husbands’ include director Vincente Minnelli and Prentis Cobb Hale, department-store mogul and a staple of San Francisco high society in his own right. Hale has an art collection that belongs in museums, and a wardrobe to match.