THE HAUTE 100: New York City


60. Nick Denton

What makes him Haute: This Brit took the online by storm in 2002 with the founding of Gawker, New York’s favorite gossip site and the most successful blog-based companies ever. He now sits at the helm of Gawker Media and the sites under its umbrella – Gawker, Fleshbot, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel, and Cityfile.

61. Anna Wintour

What makes her Haute: As editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour is widely known as one of the most powerful people in the world of fashion. Sitting at the helm of Vogue and in the front row of every fashion show that matters, it is Wintour who oft calls the trends in the world of fashion. Famously coiffed and famously particular, Wintour worked for Harpers Bazaar, British Vogue and House & Garden, among others until she gained her post at Vogue in 1988.

62.  Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

What makes him haute: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. took over post as publisher of The New York Times from his late father,  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, in 1992. Sulzberger attended Tufts University, putting in time at The Raleigh Times and the Associated Press before he started with the Times in 1987. Sulzberger single handedly changed the Times’ online presence, developing its website and blogs. He became chairman of the board in 1997.

63. S.I. Newhouse, Jr.

What makes him haute: Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr., also known as Si, is Chairman and CEO of Advance Publications – owner of Conde Nast, printer of Vogue, The New Yorker and many other widely-read publications. Si was ranked the  47th richest American by Forbes Magazine in 2011 with a net worth of  $6.6 billion.

64. Graydon Carter

What makes him haute: Born Edward Graydon Carter, Carter has held the post as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair since 1992, during which time he won 11 National Magazine Awards. Also during Carter’s reign, Vanity Fair has made Adweek’s “Hot List” a total of 8 times. Advertising Age recently named Vanity Fair to its 2011 “A-List” in the number 5 position.  Carter also served as editor of the New York Observer and co-founded iconic satire magazine Spy.

65. Mortimer Zuckerman

What makes him haute: Mortimer “Mort” Zuckerman is the publisher and owner of The New York Daily News and editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report.  As if that is not enough, he also serves as chairman of the board and director for Boston Properties, Inc., which he co-founded. Zuckerman earned the title of 147th wealthiest American in 2008 by Forbes.


66. Richard Meier

What makes him haute: As one of architecture’s “The New York Five” and winner of a Pritzker Architecture Prize, Richard Meier has made the world we live in more beautiful, one building at a time. Principal and founder of Richard Meier & Partners, Meier studied architecture at Cornell University and was later employed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer, before starting his own firm in 1963. Meier is known for designing L.A.’s Getty Center, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and 173/176 Perry Street in New York.

67. Frank Gehry

What makes him haute: A true architectural legend, Frank Gehry is known across the globe for his architectural works – from the titanium Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. to 8 Spruce Street in New York, Gehry’s work serves as architectural beacons across the globe. Gehry, founder of principal of Gehry Partners, LLP, who is widely regarded as the most important architect of modern day, is also the recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.


68. Larry Gagosian

What makes him haute: This Los Angeles native is considered by many to be the most important man in the art world. Larry Gagosian, with his chain of prestigious galleries, has been responsible for making the careers of many artists. With three locations in New York City, two in London one in Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong, Rome and Athens, his chain of galleries are globally recognized. Gagosian represents some of the biggest names in art including Richard Serra, CyTwombly, Andy Warhol and Cecily Brown. With his keen aesthetic eye and cunning business instincts, Gagosian continues to reshape the art world.

69. Jeff Koons

What makes him haute: Jeff Koons is one the most commercially successful artists in the world and has created epic pieces like Balloon Flower, which sold for more than $25 million. Many critics consider Koons to be highly innovative and important in the history of contemporary art. His work can be found in many of the major museums around the world, in prestigious private collections and he is represented by notable art dealer Larry Gagosian. Recently, Koons has tried his hand at the behind the scenes aspect of the gallery business and curated a show in 2010 of works from the private collection of Greek billionaire DakisJoannou at the New Museum in New York City.

70. Julian Schnabel

What makes him haute: In 1979 artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel had a well-received solo exhibition at the prestigious Mary Boone Gallery, which immediately placed him at the top of the art world bracket. His “plate paintings” continued to win him recognition throughout the ‘80s. Schnabel then moved into filmmaking, which gained him international success.  Some of his most notable films include Before Night Falls, Basquiat and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He has won multiple awards such as a Golden Globe, BAFTA and a César Award. Schnabel is true art world darling who has proven that modern Renaissance men do exist.

71. Tico Mugrabi

What makes him haute: Following in the footsteps of his father and his family, TicoMugrabi is known for his impressive collection of pieces by Andy Warhol, which contains a staggering 800 pieces. The family’s entire collection of art is believed to encompass around 3,000 works.

72. William Acquavella

What makes him haute: Better known as Bill, Acquavella is a well-known art dealer. His personal collection includes stunning works by Pablo Picasso and Pierre Matisse. He’s at the helm of Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side, which was started by his father, Nicholas Acquavella.

73. Emily Rafferty

What makes her haute: Emily Rafferty began working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975 and now serves at the President of the widely-revered museum – the first woman to ever hold this post. Rafferty manages the day to day operations at the Met.


74. Jason Strauss, Rich Wolf, Noah Tepperberg & Marc Packer

What makes them haute: Jason Strauss, Rich Wolf, Noah Tepperberg and Marc Packer are moguls in the nightlife and entertainment industry. This is the team  behind LAVO, the restaurant and nightclub at Las Vegas hotel The Venetian, and AVENUE lounge in Manhattan. In 2003, Strauss founded Strategic Hospitality Group, the marketing and public relations company that is the official food provider for the Miami Heat. SHG owns and operates NYC’s Marquee and popular Las Vegas club TAO.

75. Jonathan Tisch

What makes him haute: For more than twenty years, Jonathan Tisch has been Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels. The son of founder Robert Tisch, he also serves as co-chairman of the board and Member of the Office of the President of the hotel’s parent company, Loews Corporation. A busy man, Tisch is also the Chairman Emeritus of the non-profit U.S. Travel Association. His philanthropic efforts focus on getting people active in their communities and for their causes as opposed to just donating money.

76. Ian Schrager

What makes him haute: Ian Schrager’s name rings a bell to most everyone, whether you were around for the days of Studio 54 or were one of the first to embrace his concept of hotel lobby socializing. Reputed for setting the standard in the hospitality industry, Schrager left Morgans Hotel Group in 2005 and subsequently started the Ian Schrager Company. He continues to change the game with PUBLIC, a sophisticated and unique hotel experience at a value, raising the standard of hotel stays for everyone, not just the wealthy set—now open in Chicago. His next venture is EDITION Hotels, a partnership between Schrager and Marriott International, where innovation, modernity and personalization come together.

77. Jonathan Segal and Celeste Fierro of The ONE Group

What makes them haute: Jonathan Segal and Celeste Fierro are the power duo behind The ONE Group, the force behind popular venues like STK and Coco de Ville. The hospitality duo caters to 24 across the United States, and their establishments keep A-listers coming. The ONE Group’s most recent venture is Asellina, an Italian restaurant that quickly garnered the attention of New Yorkers.

78. Vikram Chatwal

What makes him haute: A prominent hotelier, VikramChatwal created VikramChatwal Hotels in 1999. The successful firm boasts luxury boutique hotels worldwide. Chatwal’s flagship hotel is NYC’s sophisticated Dream Hotel.

79. Sean Largotta

What makes him haute: Restaurant owner Sean Largotta, along with partners John DeLucie and Mark Amadel, are the force behind Greenwich Village staple The Lion. Patrons of The Lion stay loyal for the delicious food and equally satisfying environment. An ideal place to people watch, Largotta and crew did well. Largotta is also the man behind the recently-opened Upper East Side eatery The Crown.

80. Michael Hirtenstein

What makes him haute: Originally an entrepreneur with his own business, Michael Hirtenstein sold Westcom Communications for over $250 million a few years ago. Today he negotiates contracts for the EMM Group, which boasts hotspots like Tenjune, the Chandelier Room and SL.