OUT magazine just revealed their annual Power 50 list. Who doesn’t love a good list, right? For seven years, the publication has ranked powerful and prestigious gay men and women who have tremendous influence. The list is compiled of Hollywood power players, publishing magnates, political figures, web entrepreneurs and everything in between.
Once again, Apple CEO Tim Cook ranked No. 1 on the list. Along with increasing the company’s bottom line, he gets the hottest seats in town. Cook sat next to Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address.
If you read Homorazzi regularly, you know I have the biggest hard-on for Andy Cohen and his army of Housewives. Guess what? My silver fox crush made the list. See where he placed along with a few of my favorites below. It’s kinda funny how Clive Davis made the list now that he’s newly out. Side note: Aren’t the photo illustrations great. They were all created by Mario Wagner.
Adding another primetime sitcom, NBC’s The New Normal, to his growing roster, the TV mogul continues to broadcast some of the most progressive entertainment around to millions of Americans each week. Aside from his relatively subversive cultural influence, Murphy continues to build his a cappella empire (Forbes listed FOX’s Glee as one of the top five most profitable TV shows last year by ad revenue) and is working on a much-anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for HBO.
Journalist/TV Personality/Author, 45
Although his daytime talk show, Anderson Live, was cancelled after its second season, Coop hasn’t curbed his drive for media ubiquity. After publicly coming out last year via Andrew Sullivan’s blog, Cooper could finally let it all hang out (and he did, with Kathy Griffin during their annual New Year’s Eve lovefest). He remains anchor of the Emmy-winning Anderson Cooper 360, which has strong ratings despite CNN’s slump, and is a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. He was also awarded the Vito Russo Award at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards.
The impact this young R&B singer has had on popular culture in such a short period shouldn’t be underestimated. Just before releasing his debut solo album, channel ORANGE, to wide acclaim, the news that he’d also loved a man ricocheted around the world, garnering support from members of the hip-hop and R&B music communities, more usually associated with outspoken homophobia.
The news didn’t hurt record sales either. Nominated for six Grammys, Ocean took one for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as well as the Album of the Year award at the Soul Train Music Awards.
TV Executive/Host, 44
The man behind the Real Housewives franchise wasn’t content to simply share his opinions on his popular late-night Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live. So last year he released his memoir, Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture, which became a New York Times bestseller. He also hosted his second Miss USA pageant and discussed coming out with Anderson Cooper on Anderson Live, where he was a regular cohost.
Fashion Designer/Creative Director, 50
After more than 25 years in fashion, the skirt-wearing designer is still an industry darling. On top of overseeing his own label and the fashion lines of luxury giant Louis Vuitton, in 2013, the unweary Jacobs added a revamp of Diet Coke’s image to his portfolio (including a commercial with him shirtless) and made his movie debut in the Hollywood thriller Disconnect.
Media Mogul, 70
The often private film and music industry mogul was thrust into the spotlight this year with the debut of the PBS documentary American Masters: Inventing David Geffen. But aside from his purchase of a 12,000-square-foot penthouse overlooking Central Park and a $100 million donation to UCLA’s medical school, Geffen maintains a low profile.
TV Producer/TMZ Founder and Managing Editor, 62
Having founded TMZ.com in 2005, Levin is an executive producer for and host of TMZ on TV. When not onscreen, he works as the celebrity gossip site’s managing editor, breaking news on celebrity deaths (Michael Jackson, for example) or sharing live video footage of Lindsay Lohan’s latest court drama.
Fashion Designer/Film Director, 51
The designer who built an empire on the motto “sex sells” is entering fatherhood and loosening up a little. This year, Ford embraced the global success of his own brand (100 stores worldwide and counting) and presented his first full-scale runway show at London Fashion Week, revoking the ban on bloggers and photographers he had applied in previous seasons.
Publishing Magnate, 67
While Wenner Media struck a deal with Yahoo! to get Us Weekly and Rolling Stone content on its OMG and Music feeds (and vice versa), hoping to increase already robust web traffic and advertising revenue, the man behind the titles—which include Men’s Journal—has kept a low profile amid recent cutbacks and low earnings reports.
CEO, Gawker Media, 46
A decade after he spearheaded an Internet revolution with his flagship blog, Gawker, Nick Denton continues to expand his empire while staying ahead of his competition by focusing as much on user interaction as on scoops, such as the site’s expose last October of Michael Brutsch, the Reddit moderator who gained notoreity by posting sexually charged pictures of underage girls. This year, Denton is rolling out his new commenting system, Kinja, designed to turn users into full-fledged contributors on an equal footing with editors. He also plans to resurrect his former Silicon Valley gossip site, Valleywag — adding a ninth site to his diverse blog universe.
Sony Music Executive, 81
Music industry icon Davis, who helped make the careers of Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, and Kelly Clarkson, talked about his sexuality for the first time in early February. In his memoir, Davis revealed that he’s been in a relationship with a man for the past nine years — admitting he could be similarly attracted to a woman. He’s privately been out to his children and close friends for years.
Web Entrepreneurs, 41, 36
If you don’t know them personally, you’ve surely shopped on their hugely successful site, Fab.com, an online emporium of all things design, from tech to furnishings, fashion to food. After struggling to make a success of their gay networking site, Fabulis, Goldberg and Shellhammer (profiled on page 62) recalibrated and relaunched under an abbreviated name and with a very different pitch. So far their gambit seems to be paying off: In the last quarter of 2012, Fab made $45 million in revenue.
Usual suspects such as Jane Lynch, Perez Hilton, RuPaul, Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris also made the cut. Check out the entire Top 50 on OUT.com and see where they all placed.