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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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April 15 2014 8:41 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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.

April 15 2014 8:40 AM

Publisher and Editor in Chief, The New Republic, 30

April 15 2014 8:40 AM

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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