Steve Bing

CATEGORY: Thinkers
COMPANY: Shangri-La Entertainment

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He’s a successful writer, director, producer, and financier. But where the real estate development heir really makes his mark is as one of the nation’s top donors to Democratic and progressive causes. His reported $49.5 million (at least) donation on behalf of Prop 87, the oil tax initiative, is believed to be a national record for individual spending on a ballot measure.