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Michael Milken

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: Milken Family Foundation /Milken Institute / Melanoma Research Alliance

INDUSTRY: Finance/Philanthropy

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

This haute-lister is responsible for creating the market for junk bonds during the 1970s and 1980s and has donated a staggering $1 billion to medical research. He currently has a net worth of approximately $2 billion.

Leslie Moonves

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: CBS Corporation

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

As President and CEO of CBS, Moonves is in charge of overseeing all divisions of the company including CBS network, CBS Studios, Showtime, the CW, CBS Radio, CBS Home Entertainment and more. Under Moonves’ leadership, CBS has continued to be a leading network in the U.S. and has launched several prime time hit shows such as The Big Bang Theory.

Arte Moreno

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: Anaheim Angels

INDUSTRY: Sports

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

When he purchased the Anaheim Angels in 2003 from the Walt Disney Company (for a whopping $180 million), Moreno became the first Hispanic in the history of the United States to own a major league team. He’s signed star players like Vladimir Guerrero and taken the team to win American League West Division Championships in ’04, ’05, ’07, ’08 and ’09.

Doug Morris

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: Sony Music Entertainment

INDUSTRY: Music

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

As the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Morris is responsible for guiding the overall global activities of the world’s second largest music company. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Universal, the world’s largest music company. He’s worked with some of the most popular and influential artists of the past four decades, including Bette Midler, Led Zeppelin, Mariah Carey and The Rolling Stones. Morris also takes time to give back to the community and, among his many charitable donations and activities, serves on the board of directors of The Robin Hood Foundation.

Peter Morton

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: Hard Rock Cafe

INDUSTRY: Hospitality

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

He’s the co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe and sold the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel to New York-based Morgans Hotel Group for $770 million. His father is the founder of Morton’s, the famous steakhouse, and his son, Harry, is behind the interestingly named Pink Taco restaurant chain. Morton is also known for his philanthropic efforts. After he made a generous donation to UCLA, the university’s Medical Plaza building was renamed the Peter Morton Medical Building.

David Murdock

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: Dole Food Company, Inc./Castle & Cooke, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Investment/Real Estate

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

This high school dropout made a tidy fortune in the real estate industry, which he then used to buy portions of Dole Food Company, Inc. and Castle & Cooke. The two combined companies have resulted in one of the largest privately held entities in the U.S., with 63,000 employees in more than 90 countries. Its portfolio includes development and ownership of real estate, leasing of transportation equipment, manufacturing of brick and building materials, oil and gas holdings, aviation services and ownership of public warehouses. He has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion.

Sam Nazarian

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: SBE Entertainment Group

INDUSTRY: Real Estate

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

Nazarian is the Founder and CEO of SBE, a Los Angeles based luxury hospitality, real estate development and lifestyle company. In 2006 he was the youngest executive to be named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California,” and his empire has only grown. From nightclubs like Area, MI-6 and Hyde Lounge to hotels, casinos, finance and films, Nazarian is a haute-lister to watch.

Bill Nelson

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: HBO

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

In 2007, he was named chairman and CEO of HBO, the world’s largest premium TV channel. Nelson signed on to HBO in 1984 as vice president and assistant controller and since then he’s made a steady rise to the top. Under Nelson’s leadership, HBO has grown into an international brand, releasing hit shows like True Blood, Hung, Entourage and Boardwalk Empire. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jack Nicholson

CATEGORY: Entertainers

COMPANY: CBS Corporation

INDUSTRY: Film

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

Whether you know him as astronaut Garrett Breedlove, Randle Patrick McMurphy, Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, The Joker or Melvin Udall, Nicholson is a Hollywood icon. The legendary actor has been working in Hollywood for more than 40 years and has created an impressive resume of films and awards.

Offer Nissenbaum

CATEGORY: Hotelier

COMPANY: The Peninsula Beverly Hills

INDUSTRY: Hospitality

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: He was recently named “Hotelier of the Year” at the Virtuoso Hotel Awards. Offer Nissenbaum has been Managing Director of esteemed and ultra-luxe The Peninsula Beverly Hills since December 2007.  Before assuming his post at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, he was Regional Vice President of Operation for Omni hotels, overseeing eight properties and serving as the company’s corporate liaison to the Global Hotel Alliance.

Tommy Perse

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs

COMPANY: Maxfield

INDUSTRY: Fashion

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

His son is famed fashion designer James Perse, but Tommy Perse is also a trendsetter in his own right. He’s the owner of one of L.A.’s top high-end fashion destinations, Maxfield, with a location on Melrose and another one in Malibu. Perse himself handpicks the items that include men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, bags, and jewelry from designers like Chanel, Lanvin and Alexander McQueen.

Anthony Pritzker

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: The Pritzker Group

INDUSTRY: Private Investment

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

Pritzker is one of three children of billionaire Donald Pritzker, the founder of the Hyatt hotel chain. He’s also the managing partner and co-founder of The Pritzker Group, a family-run private investment firm that partners with management teams and provides them with investment and operating expertise specifically during buyouts and acquisitions of various companies.  He is worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

Wolfgang Puck

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs/Chef

COMPANY: Wolfgang Puck

INDUSTRY: Hospitality/Food

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

This Austrian-born restaurateur and celebrity chef has built a culinary empire that includes fine dining establishments, franchise restaurants, catering, cookbooks and other culinary products. His flagship restaurant, Spago, is still the go-to establishment for Hollywood’s elite. In 2010 he opened the highly anticipated WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at the new Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles and has since opened two more restaurants in Tulsa, OK and La Jolla, CA.

Brett Ratner

CATEGORY: Thinkers

COMPANY: HSI Productions

INDUSTRY: Film and Television

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

The billion-dollar director is behind a slew of action packed blockbusters, including X-Men, The Last Stand, Red Dragon and the Rush Hour trilogy. He is also the producer of Fox’s hit Prison Break. His Beverly Hills home is the stomping grounds for the area’s A-listers, many of who have sat for pictures in his black and white photo booth.

Sumner Redstone

CATEGORY: Billionaires

COMPANY: National Amusements Inc.

INDUSTRY: Media

WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE:

The 88-year-old Redstone is still one of the most powerful media moguls in the industry. His National Amusements Inc., is the parent company of Viacom, CBS Corporation, MTV Networks, BET and film studio Paramount Pictures; Redstone serves as executive chairman of both CBS Corporation and Viacom.