Top Influential People in New York

Beyonce and Jay-Z

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Every year The Observer comes out with it’s Top 100 Influential People in New York. There are currently more than 8 million people living in New York City, so making the top 100 is pretty impressive. In order to determine who they would pick, the Observer asked these questions:

1) Did this person move the needle somehow?

2) Is there something of significance that he or she changed?

The results were split up into 11 different categories. It include Art, Business, Entertainment, City Life, Media, Fashion, Society, Real Estate, Spirit of the City, Sports, and Tech-VC. Here are a few of the notable winners:

  • Arts – Glenn Lowry: Glenn is the Director of the Museum of Modern Art, which is one of the most popular art museums in the country. In his 17 years as director, he has expanded MoMA’s art collection greatly which has helped to provide a defining New York cultural experience.
  • Business – Henry Kravis: Henry Kravis is the co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) which works in private equity. KKR’s leveraged buyouts of Beatrice, Kraft, and many other huge corporations have defined the restructuring of American’s big brands such as Safeway, Oreo, Snickers, and Tropicana.
  • Entertainment – Beyoncé and Jay-Z: Beyoncé and Jay-Z are names almost every one knows, and their music is listened to throughout the globe. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Jay-Z took part in an initiative to increase voter turnout.
  • Fashion – Marc Jacobs: Whether you wear him or not, Marc Jacobs is a household name when it comes to fashion. His clothes have become a staple for women around America because of their simple, yet elegant look. He is the head designer of the Marc Jacobs fashion line, and a creative director for Louis Vuitton.
  • Media – Jon Stewart: Jon Stewart is the host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he takes news and turns it into comedy. The Observer stated that, “Yes, Jon Stewart is a comedian. But he has forever changed the very nature of comedy: what we think it is, and particularly what we think it can do.”



About DevonJ140
I am currently an Accounting Director living in New York City. I love reading and learning more about business, finance, tech, and current events.

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