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In that spirit, today’s tip is that you pick up a copy of the October issue of Vanity Fair. Turn to page 232 for The New Establishment 2004, their listing of “the top leaders of the information age.” There are fifty entries, but more than fifty individuals listed, since some entries list multiple executives at the same company. Like the rest of the magazine, it’s light and gossipy, but it includes some interesting tidbits you might not find elsewhere.
For example: Sergey Brin (new Google billionaire) is the son of a math professor and a NASA scientist; Richard Parson’s (Time Warner CEO) is interested in improving New York City Schools; Kevin Rollins (CEO of Dell) trained as a classical violinist and now plays “rock fiddle” and races motocross bikes. These are the kinds of details that liven up a profile and give a fuller picture of an individual’s personality, which I think can be just as important as financial details. It also lists which presidential candidate each person is supporting.
There’s no explanation of how they chose or ranked the entries, but it’s worth stashing in your files if you’re looking for top-level prospects in the communications/media/high-tech industries.