Saturday, June 15, 2024

Amy Schumer, John Oliver Only Entertainers to Make Vanity Fair’s Top 30 New Establishment List


Who are the leaders in entertainment from the New Establishment? Vanity Fair put only two in its top 30: Amy Schumer (15) and John Oliver (28).

Otherwise, the top 30 starts with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, who’s on the cover, and you can guess from there. The leaders of Uber, Air bnb, Instagram and so on fill up the list.

Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin fell from number 2 to 5.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige is the highest ranking movie exec, at 11. Jason Blum, trained by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, is at number 31. He’s made a bloody fortune producing horror films and occasional art house fare (“Whiplash,” “The Normal Heart”).

After Schumer and Oliver the next actor who comes up on the list is Jessica Alba, at 36. Her Honest Company is worth $200 million. Her husband’s name, by the way, is Cash. Really. Actor Jared Leto is at number 38.

Two glaring omissions: actor Ashton Kutcher, who’s a big investor in all things tech with his partner Jason Goldberg; and director Brett Ratner, who’s now funding almost all of Warner Bros.’ slate with James Packer in RatPac Entertainment. Very odd.

Even odder: Hillary Clinton made a separate list of top 25 entertainment and media types. She’s the lone politician. I guess Vanity Fair finds her entertaining.

The jockeying for position on these lists must be insane. Who’s out, who’s in, etc. must have kept publicists burning up their mobile minutes way into the night.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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