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Founders, Slate PR, 50/53

Halls has three sons with his actor partner Matt Bomer, but it’s his business partnership with Huvane (brother to CAA’s Kevin) that keeps him in the spotlight, thanks to a roster of talent that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jude Law, Ryan Murphy, Brett Ratner, and Tom Ford. These guys are pulling the strings behind the scenes and keeping the ball rolling.

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Actor/Producer/Author, 53

By now, one would expect RuPaul to have passed the mantle of America’s Drag Queen Superstar to one of the six queens he has crowned on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but he has no plans to slow down. While he’s setting ratings records for Logo TV, he’s topping the dance charts with his sixth studio album, Born Naked, back as the face of MAC Cosmetics, and is partnering with ColorEvolution to launch his own makeup line. Someone should warn Tyra Banks—but it’s Oprah who should take notice.

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CEO, the Victory Fund, 51

The organization has a simple objective: Get LGBT leaders elected into public office. As its head, Wolfe levels the playing field, helping leaders from both sides of the aisle win votes and take office. Although not all the candidates they endorse eventually get elected, many do — such as Houston’s Annise Parker.

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Lawyer, 47

Edith Windsor led the charge against the Defense of Marriage Act, but Kaplan was the force behind the icon. Her arguments in front of the Supreme Court broke down the country’s most egregious law, and her efforts afforded Americans equal rights throughout the country, making her a national hero. She has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal.

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President & Executive Creative Director, J. Crew, 45

The creative director of the preppy brand continues to clothe America, but also made her acting debut on Girls this year as an Anna Wintour–esque magazine editor, giving the ice queen treatment to Lena Dunham’s character (and then firing her without batting a lash). We want more!

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CEO, Gawker Media, 47

With old media getting savvier and BuzzFeed on the rise, Denton has seen his digital media empire threatened once again by powerful adversaries. A lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino against Gawker Media for copyright infringement is publicity that would have burnished the upstart’s cheeky reputation in the past, but it’s getting more and more difficult to outrun the competition.

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Managing Partners, CAA, 53/55

They have the biggest clients in Hollywood — including Clooney, Madonna, Kidman, and Oprah — so of course their power is immense. Lourd also serves as director of Barry Diller’s IAC, which oversees a huge portfolio of websites (including some that dictate your dating life). Both Huvane and Lourd are important supporters of amfAR.

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Philanthropist, 60

After inventing an impressive computer program, Tim Gill turned a $2,000 loan from his parents into a megafortune. Afterward, Gill threw himself into philanthropy, creating the Gill Foundation in 1994. Since then, the organization has donated hundreds of millions to nonprofits, advocating for the LGBT community and those affected by AIDS.

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Musician, 25

The singer-songwriter was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of the Year last year, but he’s since taken a step back from performing after a vocal cord injury. Luckily, his collaborations with power couple Jay Z (“Oceans”) and Beyoncé (“Superpower”) have kept him firmly grounded in the musical landscape. His follow-up to the Grammy-winning Channel Orange is slated for a late summer release.

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Film Producer, 28
The bisexual daughter of Larry Ellison (the fifth richest man in the world) is becoming a Hollywood powerhouse, having financed a string of critical hits, including the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal film Zero Dark Thirty. This year, she became the first woman and the fourth person ever to receive two best picture Academy Award nominations in the same year, for her work with American Hustle and Her.

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