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Musician, 25

The impact this young R&B singer has had on popular culture in such a short period shouldn’t be underestimated. Just before releasing his debut solo album, channel ORANGE, to wide acclaim, the news that he’d also loved a man ricocheted around the world, garnering support from members of the hip-hop and R&B music communities, more usually associated with outspoken homophobia.

April 10 2013 7:44 AM

CEO, American Eagle Outfitters, 50

The American Eagle Outfitters CEO had big plans to turn the company around, and proved that it was possible in 2012, rounding out the year with a 9% revenue increase for the company, thanks largely to his refashioned inventory and a successful rebranding.

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April 10 2013 7:44 AM

Screenwriter/Activist/Producer, 38

A tireless activist and advocate for LGBT rights, the writer best known for bringing queer stories to the masses (Milk, J. Edgar) has written 8, a staged re-enactment of a federal trial that led to an appellate court’s overturning of California’s Prop. 8, enlisting Hollywood’s elite to aid in spreading the message and raise funds. Now that the law will be up for review at the Supreme Court, we’ll see how effective his creative efforts have been.

April 10 2013 7:43 AM

Senator, 51

She shattered a glass ceiling when she became the first openly gay senator elected in U.S. history. Although a junior senator, Baldwin previously served as a congresswoman representing Wisconsin from 1993–2013. Asked on the campaign trail what it would mean for her to win, Baldwin replied, “When you’re not in the room, the conversation is about you. When you’re in the room, the conversation is with you.”

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April 10 2013 7:42 AM

Sony Music Executive, 81

Music industry icon Davis, who helped make the careers of Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, and Kelly Clarkson, talked about his sexuality for the first time in early February. In his memoir, Davis revealed that he’s been in a relationship with a man for the past nine years -- admitting he could be similarly attracted to a woman. He’s privately been out to his children and close friends for years.

April 10 2013 7:41 AM

News Anchor, 49

A lone, trusted voice in a sea of just plain awful, Smith has steered his nightly series, Fox Report With Shepard Smith, to high ratings and a solid reputation that even its association with Fox News just can’t sully. With a viewership that beats out both competing networks and the rest of his own network’s lineup, it’s safe to say the Mississippi native isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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April 10 2013 7:40 AM

Founder and President, Freedom to Marry, 56

In many ways, Wolfson is the poster boy for marriage equality. The sharp legal mind behind the same-sex marriage fight, he and his Freedom to Marry campaign, launched in 2003, have worked tirelessly to pass marriage equality at the state and national levels.

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April 10 2013 7:40 AM

Venture Capitalist, 45

“What happened to the future?” is a pretty good summation of the philosophy that drives billionaire Thiel’s libertarian utopianism. A cofounder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, his Founder’s Fund backs transformational technologies, from Elon Musk’s space travel venture SpaceX to music streaming app Spotify, and he recently joined Bill Gates in funding LightSail, a start-up to store alternative energy.

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April 10 2013 7:37 AM

Statistics Guru/Author, 35

Haters gonna hate -- but that didn’t stop the wunderkind statistician from prognosticating the 2012 presidential election with, at final count, 100% percent accuracy on his New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight. As a result, on the day after the election, Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise, skyrocketed in sales, hitting number 2 on the Amazon bestseller list. The numbers nerd is currently planning his next move, while continuing to apply his data-driven model to everything from the Oscars to the Super Bowl.

April 10 2013 7:36 AM

Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC/InterActiveCorp, 71

April 10 2013 7:36 AM