OUT Magazine has released their 7th annual list of the 50 most powerful LGBT men & women in America. Apple CEO Tim Cook remains at the top of the list while Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Murphy, Rachel Maddow & Anderson Cooper round out the top five.
This year’s list runs the gamut featuring businesspeople, entertainers, politicians & activists. Tim Cook, number 1 on this year’s Power 50 list took charge of tech giant Apple as CEO in 2011 & has guided the company through significant upgrades on all of its product lines & helped the brand increase its market share to 20% of all money spent on U.S. consumer technology. At number 5 this year marks the first time Anderson Cooper is finally publicly out on the list. Other notable figures in this year’s Power 50 include: Ellen DeGeneres (No. 2) Tammy Baldwin (No. 9) who 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 & made his movie debut in the Hollywood thriller Disconnect. Suze Orman (No. 28) The motivational speaker & financial guru has done a fantastic job heeding her own advice. 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.
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