NEW YORK -- OUT has released its seventh annual Power 50 list, ranking the gay men and women whose power and prestige is instrumental in influencing the way Americans think about and engage with the world. This year’s list runs the gamut, featuring businesspeople, entertainers, politicians, and activists.
Tim Cook, number 1 on this year’s Power 50 list, took charge of tech giant Apple as CEO in 2011 and has guided the company through significant upgrades on all of its product lines and helped the brand increase its market share to 20% of all money spent on U.S. consumer technology. This year marks the first time Anderson Cooper (No. 5) is publicly out on the list. Meanwhile, Nate Silver, a newcomer to the list, proved to be a wunderkind statistician, prognosticating the 2012 presidential election with, at final count, 100% accuracy on his New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight.
Other notable figures in this year’s Power 50 include:
• Ellen DeGeneres (No. 2) — It’s hard to believe that it ever seemed exceptional to have a lesbian hosting a daytime TV show, but Ellen was a pioneer whose sheer force of charisma, wit, and charm has earned her an enduring place in the affections of America.
• Tammy Baldwin (No. 9) – She shattered a glass ceiling when she became the first openly gay U.S. senator. Asked on the campaign trail what it would mean for her to win, she replied, “When you’re not in the room, the conversation is about you. When you’re in the room, the conversation is with you.”
• Frank Ocean (No. 10) – The impact this young R&B singer has had on popular culture in such a short period shouldn’t be underestimated. 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.
• Marc Jacobs (No. 19) — After more than 25 years in fashion, the skirt-wearing designer is still an industry darling. In addition to his other work, in 2013 Jacobs added a revamp of Diet Coke’s image to his portfolio and made his movie debut in the Hollywood thriller Disconnect.
• Suze Orman (No. 28) — The motivational speaker and financial guru has done a fantastic job heeding her own advice. And with 10 books, her own cable show, and being Oprah’s favorite financial adviser, the economic oracle has amassed a fortune along the way.
• RuPaul Charles (No. 50) — Gender pronouns have never been as fluid in everyday conversation as they are after six successful season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and its unprecedented ratings success for Logo.
View the entire Power 50 list HERE.