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Mark Zuckerberg, Taylor Swift Top Vanity Fair’s ‘Establishment’ List; Jared Leto Makes His Debut

Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift have topped this year's lists of top "visionaries, investors and cultural leaders" from Vanity Fair magazine.

Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift have topped this year’s lists of top “visionaries, investors and cultural leaders” from Vanity Fair magazine. Now in its 21st edition, the “New Establishment List” for 2015 is split into two sections, with the Facebook CEO selected at No. 1 among “The Disrupters” and the country-turned-pop queen topping the “Powers That Be” tally. 

The magazine cites Swift’s massive popularity (so many Insta followers!) but also her ability to “make giant companies conform to her will,” saying that “after pulling her catalogue off Spotify last year, Swift wrote an open letter to Apple asking it to pay artists during the free-trial period of its new music service. She posted the note on Tumblr on a Sunday and the company complied within hours.”

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Sounds very disruptive of Swift, but her place is on the list of established power-persons, which also includes the Murdoch men of News Corp. (3), NBA star LeBron James, HBO’s Richard Plepler (5), presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (9) and showbiz power duo Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (12). Live Nation’s Michael Rapino came in above (16) Jay Z and Beyonce (21), while music industry veteran Irving Azoff (24) also made the list.

As for the business-centric “Disrupters” list, Zuckerberg rises to No. 1 after topping out at No. 5 last year. “He rules, with near omnipotence, over Silicon Valley’s grandest empire, and remains eager for more,” the magazine declares. That “more” could entail deals with record labels and companies like HBO to secure additional content for its 1.5 billion users.

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The other top five disrupters include Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook and chief design officer Jonathan Ive, and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Other familiar tech and entertainment industry faces who made the list include Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel (12), investors Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz (16), Alibaba founder Jack Ma (17), Spotify CEO Daniel Ek (20), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (27) and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (46).

New to the list are a pair of Hollywood stars who have successfully branched out into business and investing. At No. 36 is Jessica Alba, whose Honest line of nontoxic home products has a valuation of $1 billion. Two spots down on the list is actor and rocker Jared Leto, also known as “the go-to investor for Valley entrepreneurs hoping to get a movie star involved with their company.” The Oscar-winning actor’s portfolio includes Reserve, Reddit, Uber, Airbnb, Slack, and Zenefit. “he’s one of the savviest tech investors and entrepreneurs around,” Box CEO Aaron Levie told the magazine.

Check out the top 20 (of 50 total) “Disrupters” below:

1. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO 

2. Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO 

3. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO 

4. Tim Cook and Jony Ive, Apple

5. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google/Alphabet

6. Elon Musk, Tesla/SpaceX CEO 

7. Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings, Netflix

8. Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO

9. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

10. Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos CEO

12. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO

13. Ben Silbermann, Pinterest CEO

14. Kevin Systrom, Instagram CEO

16. Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

17. Jack Ma, Alibaba founder

18. Jack Dorsey, Square CEO and Twitter interim CEO

19. Bill Gurley, Matt Cohler, and Peter Fenton, Benchmark Capital

20. Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO