Haute 100: New York City

The most influential people in the world’s most powerful city


The Trump Family
CATEGORY: Originators
COMPANY: Trump Organization
INDUSTRY: Real Estate
What Makes Them HAUTE: One of the most iconic families in the city, the Trumps hardly need an introduction. Although Forbes estimates “The Donald’s” net worth alone to be around $2.4 billion, Trump himself has stated that the actual number is much higher than that.

The Vanderbilt Family
CATEGORY: Originators
COMPANY: Michigan Central Railroad
INDUSTRY: Railroad & Shipping
What Makes Them HAUTE: The Vanderbilts were leaders of high society throughout the 19th century from the success of their railroad and shipping companies under the watchful eye of the late Cornelius Vanderbilt. Today, the family is still one of the wealthiest in history, with a modern legacy that includes Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan alongside Grand Central Terminal. Now into its seventh generation of descendants, Vanderbilt relatives have spread out throughout the United States and include CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein
CATEGORY: Power Couples
COMPANY: Marchesa / The Weinstein Company
INDUSTRY: Fashion / Film
What Makes Them HAUTE: He’s known for being the co-founder of Miramax Films, and has been credited as Executive Producer for classic films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He founded The Weinstein Company in 2005 with his brother Bob, which most recently produced the upcoming controversial indie flick Blue Valentine. In 2007, Weinstein wed Chapman, a former model and co-founder of the fashion label Marchesa. The two welcomed their first child together back in August.

Fred Wilpon
CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: New York Mets
INDUSTRY: Sports
What Makes Him HAUTE: It was thirty years ago that Wilpon bought his meager one percent share of the Mets. Fast forward to 1986, he purchased 50 percent, and in 2002, he became the team’s principle owner and CEO. Though he’s run into some troubles recently due to the Bernie Madoff debacle, Wilpon continues to stay devoted to his team, for which he says he “anguishes” over their losses.

Anna Wintour
CATEGORY: Thinkers
COMPANY: Vogue
INDUSTRY: Media
What Makes Her HAUTE: As Vogue’s editor-in-chief for more than twenty years, Anna Wintour has established herself a true fashion icon and trendsetter. This past February, Wintour was welcomed into The American Society of Magazine Editors’ prestigious Hall of Fame.

William and Arthur Zeckendorf
CATEGORY: Originators
COMPANY: Terra Holdings
INDUSTRY: Real Estate
What Makes Them HAUTE: They are the brothers behind the most expensive address in the city: 15 Central Park West. Owners and co-chairmen of Terra Holdings and Zeckendorf Realty, LP, the brokerage firm that developed 515 Park Avenue, a 43-story condominium in Manhattan that is the most luxurious apartment house built in more than 50 years. The building has established records for the highest priced residential property per square foot in Manhattan history.

Mortimer Zuckerman
CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Boston Properties, U.S. News & World Report, NY Daily News
INDUSTRY: Real Estate, Media
What Makes Him HAUTE: This Wharton MBA Graduate is currently chairman of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate developers in the United States. Some distinct properties include the General Motors Building and Times Square Tower. Zuckerman is also owner of the New York Daily News, and owner and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report.

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