Out unveils its annual Power 50 list

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Peter Thiel, Ryan Murphy, and Rachel Maddow are top 5 - Anderson Cooper #6

Out unveils its annual Power 50 list
26 April 2012

Out.com unveiled its annual Power 50 list of LGBT individuals on Thursday (26 April) and placed Apple CEO Tom Cook at the very top of it.

Cook was followed on the list by talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Rounding out the top five are venture capitalist and hedge find manager Peter Thiel, Glee creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

Those who made the list were selected because they are 'exemplary individuals manage to influence the way others live — either through their public personas, politics, or wealth — and affect cultural and social attitudes.'

Even though Anderson Cooper has never publicly acknowledged being gay, Out placed him at number six and has regularly placed him on the list in the past.

The list seems to have been compiled before last week's news that Rich Ross, who was ranked number 7, had stepped down as head of Walt Disney Studios after the disastrous box office performance of the film John Carter.

As demonstrated by Cooper's inclusion on the list, Out does not require that someone by publicly out to merit selection. Media executive Barry Diller, the man Out placed at number 8, has been married to fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg since 2001 while number 9, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, has never acknowledged being gay.

Bravo executive and on-air personality Andy Cohen was ranked 1oth followed by Neil Patrick Harris at number 11. Others on the list include US Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (number 12), TMZ founder Harvey Levin (number 15), financial guru Suze Orman (number 25), fashion designer and film director Tom Ford (number 26), blogger Perez Hilton (number 39), and Glee star Jane Lynch (number 47).

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