51. Henry Muñoz III
Businessman, DNC Finance Chair, 53
The wealthy CEO of San Antonio–based design firm Muñoz & Company is plugged in to local and national political circles, and his company has flourished with government contracts. After raising millions for the Obama campaign, he was the first Latino named finance chairman of the DNC.
52. Megan Ellison
Film Producer, 27
The openly bisexual daughter of Larry Ellison (America’s third-richest man) has been bankrolling indie films for a few years, but few were notable until she financed Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty, which became a political touchstone. In the past year, she also backed P.T. Anderson’s The Master and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.
53. Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer/Creative Director of Balenciaga, 29
The successful designer stepped into Nicolas Ghesquière’s shoes at Balenciaga in 2012, propelling him to the highest spheres of fashion and pop culture: Not only is he dressing Beyoncé, but Jay-Z even name-checked Wang in Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.”
54. Rufus Gifford
Finance Director, Obama for America, 38
As the financial chief for Obama’s re-election campaign, he raised more than $1 billion. Now it seems the square-jawed Gifford may be rewarded by becoming the U.S. ambassador to Denmark, potentially becoming the second openly gay man to act as a foreign diplomat.
55. David Bohnett
Donating millions of dollars to LGBT causes, along with civic and cultural institutions through his foundation, Bohnett (a cofounder of GeoCities) has become a considerable macher in his home of L.A. and nationwide, believing that philanthropy should change lives.
56. William Kapfer
Advertising Executive, 47
With his work at Walton Isaacson, an advertising agency with clients that include Lexus, Jim Beam Brands, and Whirlpool, Kapfer has continued to leverage his contacts and marketing experience to focus on building brand identity in the LGBT market.
57. Allyson Robinson
Executive Director of OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
After the Army veteran was tapped to lead the 6,000-member organization in October 2012, she became one of the few women leading a military-advocacy group as well as the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization. The organizations were and as the military continues its transition toward fairness and equality for all, we think Robinson, who has delivered a State of LGBT Military Service address, will be essential in bridging both worlds. She also has a wife and four children.