Famous Gay People - Top 50 Most Powerful LGBT People of 2015

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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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Publisher and Editor in Chief, The New Republic, 30

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Designer/Businessman, 51

After 16 stellar years at the creative helm of Louis Vuitton, Jacobs parted ways with the company to focus on the IPO of his own brand. Two high-profile campaigns with Miley Cyrus and Jessica Lange are already foreshadowing an exciting new era for the designer as his empire continues to expand.

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Screenwriter/Activist/Producer, 39

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Designer/Businessman, 52

Proof that Ford is entering the realm of pop culture: Jay Z gave him more than a name-check on his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail; he wrote an entire song about him (highlight: “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford”). Ford returned the favor with a fall collection echoing the rapper’s lyrics. Meanwhile, the launch of his new men’s grooming line last year was a success.

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Statistician/Journalist, 36

Silver’s announcement that he would leave The New York Times and join ESPN, bringing his FiveThirtyEight blog with him and becoming its editor in chief, caused shockwaves. The new site’s focus is “data journalism,” according to Silver, and will cover sports stats, of course, along with predictions on anything else that strikes his fancy—from politics and social causes to science and Mexican food.

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TV Host/Author/Financial Advisor/Entrepreneur, 62

It seems there’s no financial problem Orman can’t solve. As the author of 10 books on success, the host of her own television program, and Oprah’s favorite financial advisor, she is the voice and face of financial stability, helping many Americans pay off their debts. Of course, while they’re paying, she’s making millions on common sense and sticking to her guns.

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Founder and Managing Editor, TMZ, 63

As founder, executive producer, and managing editor of TMZ both online and on TV, Levin continues to break ground in celebrity gossip. Last year, he was responsible for Alec Baldwin’s shame spiral after Levin reported the actor used a homophobic slur. While he makes life for celebrities difficult, he delights fans who feed on the latest Lindsay Lohan or Justin Bieber updates.

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